Wednesday, June 27, 2012

on the coast

You know what's nice about being with people who love you?  They validate your feelings... your experiences... and what is important to you.  At least being with my family is like that.  They ask me questions.  They care about me.  They listen and let me be myself.  They want to know how I am. 
Daisies in Dad's garden
It's beautiful here.  Here on the Oregon Coast I'm remembering.  Though I didn't grow up here I am  still remembering who I am.  And some of the reasons WHY.  My parents rarely handed over things that we hadn't worked for, didn't have a sense of ownership in, or didn't value.   They modeled hard work, appreciation, and not taking blessings for granted.  They taught me by their example to do the same.  They were, ARE, generous, but never handicapped me by making me into someone who felt entitled.

Yesterday was Dad's 80th birthday.  We didn't necessarily need one, but it was nice to have a wonderful reason to celebrate.

At Salishan

Walking out the front door in the morning to this.

And this... a few steps away in the other direction ... where I was drinking in the cool fresh air.

The ocean is calm today.  My heart is slowly getting there too.


  1. Happy birthday for your dad, and lovely pictures which actually tell me you have great spots to find peace!

  2. A big happy birthday to your dad! He and your mom are a darling couple. I enjoyed your pictures and can see you have many beautiful places to seek peace. And yes, it is nice to be surrounded by people who have your best interests at heart, especially when you're still learning what to do. I know you're going to enjoy this time there.

  3. So happy you were able to be with your Dad to celebrate his birthday! You are so right, there is nothing like being 'home' and that is what family is. Beauty all around you, how wonderful!

  4. Kathi,

    Praying for you extra today.

    What a beautiful place to be to feel surrounded by love and beauty.

    BIG ((HUGS))

  5. Kathi, Happy Birthday to your Dad--a wonderful reason to celebrate! Being surrounded by family is so comforting. Beautiful pictures, too, of a beautiful place. Safe travels.

  6. This blog is like a gift to me..

    I hope you had a good time away from for a while. It was a joy for me to be with you...
    Love Always