Sunday, April 14, 2013

Home Now

iphone pic of Vernazza.  What?  

I'm home!

Italy was amazing.  Like blew-my-mind-I'm-still-processing-it amazing.    

I loved everything about our trip--the scenery, the food, the people, the art, the company, the history... everything!  I also love that I was just as excited to come home.  That is such a wonderful feeling and I don't take that fact lightly.

My precocious 6 year old made this sweet little welcome home sign for me.  Upon first examination I thought it was cute and adorable.  Upon further examination, as I saw a mama bird coming back to her nest to feed her babies, I realized what an insightful, artistic representation this really is.  Perhaps it was just coincidence, so I asked my daughter what she was thinking when she made the poster.  She confirmed that she had in fact thought that my trip was just like when a mama bird leaves her babies and now I was coming back to the nest.  I know she's my kid, but that's brilliant.  And it was exactly how I felt.

 Venice via iphone.  Ridiculous.  

This trip was full of so many new sights and tastes and feelings, my head is just spinning.  I'm tired, yet invigorated, humbled yet inspired.

As you can imagine I have so much to catch up on in regards to the home front, but I also can't wait to share some of my favorite pictures and experiences with you.  Italy recaps will be abundant (you've been warned).  And over the next few weeks, if I say obnoxious things like, That one time when I was in Rome... or When I was hiking along the coast of Cinque Terra...  I simply ask for your forgiveness in advance.  I'm afraid I won't be able to help myself.  

Ciao Bella!


  1. So happy to hear you had such an amazing trip...and that poster is precious. What a sweet girl.

  2. I had to leave a comment here for you. First off, I cannot wait to be able say "Italy was blew-my-mind-crazy." I cannot wait to see what you've seen and hopefully, it happens in the next five years. I'll be checking in to see more pictures!

    And also--thank you for your comment today. People like you are the exact reason why I've realized I was wrong to shun organized religion. There are so many more things I'd love to learn--and I will. And there are so many beautiful people who practice organized religion in a good and meaningful way who don't get enough credit. I understand that. As always, thank you for sharing your opinion respectfully.

    1. Ack! I never know where to write you back...I'll try here in case you check again.

      Yes, you and Italy would jive. Will share more pics and thoughts soon--hopefully tomorrow.

      Glad my comment was well received. Having just spoken at length with a friend who left our life-long religion I came away with a great compassion for the individual struggle with these things. Her struggle and grief was so real and while I cling to the very thing she walked away from, and there was certainly part of me that wanted to bridge the gap between our perspectives, the thing I knew most fundamentally was that I did. not. know. Why would she feel a vacuum of spiritual answers even when begging on her knees, while I feel confident in our once common ground? I don't know. And that is OK. I hope, and I should write her and tell her this, she knows that at the end of the day I love and respect her and her choices. Anyway...I'm rambling, but thanks for your note.

  3. Of course you won't be able to help yourself, for good reason! These photos are incredible, and I can't think of anything more lovely than a girls' trip in Italy. I'm looking forward to all the details . . . no such thing as too many photos :)

    Glad you're home safe with your little ones. What a sweet poster!

    1. Thanks Erin! I will gladly share not-too-many photos. :)

  4. Donna B.11:00 PM

    Well Miggy welcome home -I missed you, the lovely little Lamp, PSP, and the cute hubby. I am a long-time reader, first-time commenter! Glad you had fun. You deserve it!!

    1. Aw, thanks Donna B.
      Glad to be back too.