Hello friends, happy fall! I took the summer off from blogging to take time to recenter and focus. It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging regularly for almost ten years. It seemed like a good time to hit the pause button and reflect on the future direction and life in general. It was nice to take 8 weeks off, as a recharge of the batteries was in order. I spent the summer with my family and kicked it off with a trip to Europe.
Part of my goal as a Mom this year is to try and fill up our lives with big, new happy memories after the passing of my step-dad. To say it has been easy to deal with is far from the truth. Often, there are still days of profound grief, but I felt like going was a huge part of healing. It wasn’t easy to say goodbye to the chickens for a couple of weeks, but the trip was worth it. This time we spent time in Italy, Switzerland, France and England.
We started off in Rome and spent the most of our time in Italy. Traveling North every few days, we saw Siena, Florence, Pisa, Tuscany, Venice, and Lake Cuomo.
From there we crossed the border into Lucerne, Switzerland. We spent a few days in the Alps at a lovely lakeside vintage hotel.
Next we traveled over to Paris and then finally off to London.
I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface with this post about our trip. Of course there is more for those of you that would like to check it out. It’s on my Instagram.
We returned home mid-July. The chickens were so very happy to see us all as well as Sara, our Miniature Schnauzer. Surprisingly, the veggie and herb garden was still plugging along. I had planted plenty of things, not knowing if they would survive. I am happy to share that the tomatoes and cucumbers did not disappoint.
It was also a time for me that I took to put the finishing touches on my third book project. I’m excited and can’t wait to share more. This project particularly, warms my heart as it is truly a culmination of inspiration and daily living. It will release early next spring, just in time for chick season.
So in a nutshell, I think we are all caught up. I hope you had a fantastic summer and as we enter into fall and the days grow shorter, I’ll do my best to pop in and say hello and am grateful for those of you still interested in following along on this blog. It’s nice to be back.