Our latest adventure of becoming new residents of Santa Fe, New Mexico has been a delightful one. The excitement we’ve experienced of purchasing and furnishing our first adobe home has been a wonderful whirlwind of joy.
Our new life in The City Different has provided us with daily confirmations of the generosity and kindness of others and we have felt welcomed wholeheartedly into our adobe home and neighborhood with gifts and parties in our honor, and warm greetings and friendliness at every turn.
This beautiful city has an amazing warm and welcoming quality to it by its locals who extend their hand graciously at first meeting and willingly invite, educate and converse on any topic you choose.
Most everyone you meet is involved in some form of art or craft whether it be writing, painting, singing, playing music, sculpting, cooking, gardening, etc. and there is this pervasive feeling of “artful inspired living” that is very noticeable.
Creativity and expression are encouraged as a part of daily life in Santa Fe. The bustling art and craft markets are a feast for art lovers and the food and beverages offered at local restaurants is artfully prepared and served whether it be traditional new mexican, japanese, jamaican or american fare.
The adobe architecture seen in home and commercial design contrasts beautifully with the vivid blue sky, bold fabrics and bright paint colors contributing to the warm and welcoming vibe that is simply Santa Fe.
Stay tuned as I share experiences that feed my soul in my new home city.
I am feeling great loss this year of not only my mother and my wonderful second mother but two daughters who left this world many years apart who reside in my heart each and every day.
This is my first Mother’s Day without my daughter Crystal and my emotions have been in process all month as I experience the sadness and emptiness surrounding me yet I excitedly celebrated this holiday early with my wonderful caring son, his half sister, her husband and their beautiful young boys. I am blessed by the love and laughter of our blended family.
I look forward to my brother and sister-in-law arriving to celebrate my husbands birthday over this mother’s day weekend. I know it will be a festive celebration.
This week while shopping I was drawn to purchase a big bouquet of pink and lavender roses to bring home for myself. I lovingly arranged the flowers in two vases symbolizing one from each of my daughters as I felt their presence with me.
I plan to enjoy the beauty and grace of those roses throughout the holiday weekend. I hope that you will find something in nature, a memory, photograph or a gift to acknowledge and cherish as you remember your loved one(s) at this special time.
I just listened to an emotional and heartfelt story by a popular television host about a traumatic event his family experienced after the birth of his son. I am grateful that there is good news about his little boy and that he received excellent medical care, lots of prayers and is recovering well at home. I wish him the absolute best including the blessings of good health as he grows up.
My oldest daughter, Jennifer was born with a congenital heart defect that was overlooked and she was released from the hospital after the usual few days without any medical diagnosis or intervention and consequently passed away unexpectedly in my arms a few weeks later. As a parent at the young age of 20 or any age, this is a devastating experience.
Losing a child changes your life forever in so many ways. It also gives you deep compassion for other families who may be going through a difficult time in regards to their children and circumstances that sometimes arise out of their control.
In my situation, I did have health insurance but I respect Jimmy Kimmel for sharing his story and his plea for Americans to take care of each other by offering healthcare for everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions or ability to pay. It can and will save lives.