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I stopped in Eugene, Oregon on my way home to visit my mom and Bill. At the time it was a curious twist of events that had ended me there. But with the manic pace of my life over the past few months, I realize now that it was something my soul really needed. You know when life gets crazy, there are occasional indulgences: pedicures, spa days, girl's trips. Then there is an other worldly kind of relaxation called Being At Your Mom's House. I'd honestly forgotten what it feels like be TOTALLY TAKEN CARE OF. It was like visiting a planet that I used to live on. One where someone says, "Just sleep until you wake up", and where delicious food miraculously appears before you. Where it's okay to talk or be quiet. To stay in your pajamas. Or read. Or nap. Where the end of the day is celebrated with a nice glass of wine, and lengthy stories about your life and heart. Oh yes. It was much needed.

Like muffin tops. Yep, tops. Because sometimes one needs to edit out the stuff that sucks. And that would includes muffin bottoms.  

My mom has been collecting heart rocks for the last 17 long that she's quite the snob about it if you ask me. Like, she has can't LOOK for heart rocks. They have to find you. Each one of these symbolizes a particular memory that she can tell you all about. And what's so neat is that they're not all as monumental as an anniversary or birthday. Some of them just say "grow" or "freedom". She's really cute like that.

This shot is blurry because I barely grabbed it. It's Bill dancing with himself spontaneously. And I'm posting it because it so perfectly shows the spirit of who they are. My mom and Bill are like Experts At Enjoying Life. It never matters where they are, who they're with, even in the most dire circumstances...they will find SOME way to make it meaningful, and have fun. I wish I was more like that actually.

I bought this candle for my mom when I was in Canada because it was guava-scented. When we were little in Maui, we used to for walks and pick guavas from the sides of the road. The funny thing was that the candle actually smelled more like a lilikoi. But it was okay because I think it's been 17 years since either one of us had smelled one of those either. 

Us. At one of the most beautiful wineries I'd ever been to. 

Dinner. Where much uninterrupted conversation was enjoyed.  :)

Thank you Mom and Bill. Love you. xo

Reader Comments (25)

Is that King Estates? I live in Eugene and my husband and I love to drive to the winery for dinner. Glad you had fun at your moms.
October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Grubbs
YOUR MOM IS SO BEAUTIFUL! What a nice post. I wish that I came along with you to visit your mom. Looked like a nice place to lay your head for a while.
October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKal Barteski
That IS King Estates! Wow! Small world.

Maile, I love you. It's that simple.
And you're the one who makes everyone
feel special.

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMama
i love you....this post...and everything you bring to the glad you're my sister.
October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterk
My goodness Maile, I did not realize how much you look like your mother! You are her spitting image! And you are lucky enough to know what you are alway's going to look like! ha She is goregous!

p.s., Love the dancing Bill shot!
October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeAnna
I'm just a rock and roll soul man !
October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLuv Me
What a beautiful post. Looks like you got *just* what you needed, Maile! See you Saturday!
October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjenn the basket of rocks!
October 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGina
stunning. you and your mom radiate love. There is a heart shaped right there the way your heads touch just right and your elbow is bent just so to form a point. Amazing.
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristina
Love the shot of you and your mama. But I have to say that I love muffin bottoms. Send the bottoms my way.
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelodyA.
Sounds like heaven
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertz
Well, it's no wonder you are such a beautiful and creative soul...look who raised you. She's wonderful!
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstephanie
hey, is it just me, or do you and your mom look a little alike? What a great way to spendsome time, with people who love you!!
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlee-ann
i adore your moms heart rocks. what a wonderful thing to collect!
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimi

This is gorgeous!! I love the shot of the wine glass with your Mum in the background. The wine glass is so sharp, clear. And, all the pictures are special, each in their own way. I so want to go visit your Mum now. Mm hmm. Me thinks a Texas/Oregon trip is needed? Maybe in 2010?

Love, Leah
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
Both happy you had an opportunity to spend time with yo momma...!!!

Stunning...simply stunning...
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergeri

I loved the picture of beautiful you with your beautiful mom. I am glad you got to be with her and I know she is touched by Heaven when her daughters come.....I am the same way. Love, Judy
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
Your Mom is beautiful, just like you. And Bill....he's got it goin' on. :) Love the life you live!
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMHarper
No question. That's a BillyRedSox dance when they beat the Cleveland Indians.

Now you ought to catch him when the Sox beats the Yanks.....he'd be spinning on his head.
October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGayle
It's lovely to glimpse your beautiful family album. It felt like we were sitting on the couch sharing a cherished memory.
A blessing and reminder to linger and enjoy. Vickie
October 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVickie

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