Russ and I had the wonderful opportunity to spend several days at our friends’ incredible mountain home in Montana. This June we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and what we most wanted was time to relax together. Our trip could not have been more perfect. We swam in the very warm pool every day, even in the midst of a snow storm – it was like being in a snow globe. We sipped coffee and enjoyed the views. We cooked for two rather than our typical 14-16. It was extremely restful and restorative.
I loved having long conversations and brainstorming about kids, life, education, budgets, and all of the things that take more than 45 seconds to discuss before being interrupted. We took the time to watch the three lectures by Dr. Purvis on parenting children from the “hard places”, and Russ agreed that they are fantastic. I was glad to watch them a second time and really get the material more solidified in my mind.
We came home to happy and needy children, which explains why I have not unpacked. I have jumped on the trampoline, cuddled little ones on the sofa, rocked, read stories, looked through school papers, held Honeybee while she cried, and given loads of hugs and kisses. Healing my children is more important than a tidy house – I have to repeat that over and over to myself.
We saw lots of wildlife on our trip, moose, bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and the last morning a young bear came to visit. He stripped the bushes of berries, grazed on the little bits of lawn peeking through the snow, and tried to get into the outdoor grill.
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