winter wanderings, part one

Tonight I’m at home, in the house where I grew up. The christmas tree is glowing, all the same holiday decorations are up, Mom’s in the kitchen making dinner. If Jay wasn’t on the couch next to me I would definitely feel like I was back in high school.

It’s good to be home.

We left France two weeks ago, and spent a week or so at our other hometown in Indiana, where Jay’s family lives and where many of our dear friends are. Then we took off on our cross-country trek to Portland, stopping along the way to see friends and family. I am feeling SO incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful, caring people in our lives; reuniting with each person is a gift.

Just outside our village in Burgundy,
the day before we left.
Indiana! Jay was wandering in the woods and found this incredible plant. Any Hoosiers know what it might be?
On the road:
walking my brother & sister-in-law’s dog, just outside of Fort Collins, CO…
thankful to find this sign at a drive-through car wash, and not in a public restroom…

the Colorado plains…

Utah (or Wyoming?) night sky…

the Washington side of the Columbia River…
and the Oregon side, a few miles down the road…
watching our car hit 100,000 miles…and hoping the check engine light was nothing serious…

and ending up in lovely Northwestern Oregon. This is Multnomah Falls, just outside of Portland—it’s almost impossible to drive past without stopping for a quick visit.

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