Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Heart of the Matter

Where we love is home,
Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

What place
does your
heart call

Even though
I live in
the Midwest,
my heart
feels most
at home
in the
Pacific Northwest.

I love
the lush green
fern and flower-
strewn forest

The wildness
of the Coast....

The snow-capped
mountains, like

And the verdant
river valleys,
bringing forth




I love the
marine fog,
in the mornings....

The crisp and
starry evenings...

I love the
dry heat of
the summers
{and no mosquitoes!}

And the misty,
damp winters
with fires in
the fireplace....

I love 
the pioneering
spirit of the
North West...

Lewis and Clark

But more
than anything
else, I love
three special
people {and one
new puppy}
who call it 

Dad and Kate

My Gigi

Mom and Kate

Packing our 

Getting ready....

Going home.

What place
does your

PS:  Thank you for your
continued thoughts and
prayers; your messages
and e-mails about my
friend Kathleen. 
Her surgery went well
and we await the pathology
report {fingers crossed}!

all flickr {click for attribution}
except:  lavender fields
three special people
one silly dog in suitcase!]


Low Tide High Style said...

What a beautiful place to call home! Anywhere that there is surf and sand and sun is where I call home! Love the pictures of your family and those sweet pups!

I hope your friend's path report is a good one!

Kat :)

Laura said...

Have a wonderful, wonderful trip-
There is nothing better than traveling to see family, is there?

White Spray Paint

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a safe trip! Love the doggie! Glad Kathleen's surgery went well! xo

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Lovely travelogue. I've only been to the Pacific Northwest once, many years ago, but remember it vividly as a beautiful area. Have a wonderful visit with your "home" and loved ones.

Melanie said...

How blessed you are to have such wonderful family... and beautiful surroundings to call "home."
Enjoy your time with each and every one of them!:-)))

I have been keeping your friend, Kathleen in my prayers. We just found out two weeks ago, that one of my dearest loved ones has cancer. I am praying for them daily!

Blessings to you for safe travels and sweet "at home" memories!


Blooming Rose Musings said...

Suzanne, have a wonderful trip "home". Isn't it funny that even as adults "home" is wherever are parents are? I love the pictures of your parents and their new puppy.
I live in California but, even though my folks are gone, home is Upstate New York and New England. However, I don't miss the mosquitoes or the humidity. But I do miss that east coast charm.
The Pacific Northwest is absolutely fabulous and I can't wait to hear all about your vacation. Have a great time and take lots of pictures!

Julie said...


Loved being here this morning...
Oh those family pics with puppy are just soooo cute. I know your parents are just eating her up, LOL and cleaning up after her a lot...Puppies...just like new babies...You know, I have been down here in the South ALL my life. I was born here, went away to college here (HOT SC) and have lived my life in NC...My hubby on the other hand was born in the midwest, Michigan, and he came down to SC to school, where we met and then I always say I converted him to the south....but NOT really. I can tell he really longs for that area. misses it. His family is all up there. I can tell he would L-O-V-E to move back up there. He was up there for 8 months in 07-08 working in Ohio, and I know it gave him the itch.
I think that it would be good of me to say, Babe, as you look for a different job (he is) go ahead and look up there. I will go where you want to go...It's your turn to be where YOU long to be. I will adjust to what I am scared of the most (the long grey cold winters of the midwest) The Marine saying Adapt and Overcome has made me ponder a lot about this. Rather than not facing something because it might be hard or challenging to overcome and just staying in my own little comfort zone...I need to tell myself I CAN adapt to the difference, and I CAN overcome whatever...because my attitude will compel me to. Thanks again for making me think about not myself....but my dear hubby, as you described what you longed for ....what was REALLY home, to you. Hugs to you. You are a dear bloggy sister, and I love reading your written words that truly make me stop and think and apply to my own situation. You are a treasure.
Have a wonderful wonderful time with family and just travelling along the highways and byways seeing all the scenery of the places you love and miss.

traci said...

i love the farm and i love the cabin, but when i go to the beach i just don't want to leave. i think that is where i am at home. she sounds and smells of the beach just make my heart sing.

have a wonderful trip.

Morning T said...

Awe, what a sweet post Suzanne. I used to work in the Pacific NW and absolutely loved it there. I grew up just outside of Denver, CO but haven't lived there in 7 years and oddly enough I don't miss it at all. Home to me is where my little one is which is right here in Houston!

Have a safe journey and enjoy your time with your sweet family.

Anonymous said...

My heart has always loved the Colorado mountains, and I am living my dream here... But OH! I would LOVE to visit the Pacific Northwest! Such a beautiful place - enjoy visiting your sweet family there! :)
Kathleen is in my thoughts and prayers daily!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning precious! What a lovely, lovely post and yes, the Pacific Northwest is so breathtaking...the furthest I have ever been has been Santa Rosa and its environs, and that was enough to make me think twice about California. Have a wonderful time with your beloved family....your parents are a treasure and your sweet Gigi will just love to see you! Happy vacation dearest, Anita

Farmgirl Paints said...

I love the NW too. I have so many blogging friends who live there. Seems like a hot spot for bloggers. Went there for the first time this year and I was captivated. Just gorgeous.

Continuing my prayers for Kathleen.

Deborah said...

All these places draw me too!
Gorgeous shots Suzanne...
even though I love southern Ontario and it feels like home, Id have to say that where my family is..theres no place like home :)
Enjoy your trip and family-time!!
You'll be missed...your family look adorable and that new puppy..soooo sweet and cuddly :)


Deborah xoxo

pretty pink tulips said...

Good Morning, Suzanne! I have never been to the Pacific Northwest and love seeing it through your beautiful eyes.

Growing up in Texas....I felt my heart sing when I first laid eyes on the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Whenever I am there, I am still in awe of the majesty of that area.

And I love the beach. Something about the calming to and fro of the waves.

Have a wonderful trip home. xo Elizabeth

Alisa said...

Have a safe and wonderful trip!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Your "home" looks so beautiful and how can you resist those lovely smiling faces of family and puppies? It looks like a breathtakingly beautiful area and I can see why it's a perfect place to live. Love the pic of the puppy in the suitcase - our little Martha used to do that when we packed as well! Have a great trip filled with lots of hugs! xx

Grammy said...

Love this post. We are waiting for you with lots of hugs and kisses.
We're having a lot of misty mornings with marine air until noon. Then glorious sunshine that we covet here, since it's a limited commodity. Hurry, hurry, hurry!!

Fearless Nester said...

Oh I would travel there in a heartbeat! I didn't realize that was where your parents and Gigi were, lucky you! Enjoy your visit Suzanne. I can tell that is a very magical place. ~Lili

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I've lived here my whole life so I only long to see the inside of the house I grew up in :)
Have a fabulous trip, the pictures are gorgeous, exp of your family. Love the jack in the suitecase!

Olive Cooper said...

Have a wonderful time with your darling family. Home is where the people I love are. I do have an affinity for the place I grew up.
big hugs ♥ olive

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Lovely images that took me right into the forest! You have a great time and relax yourself. Your words, as always, are poetic and apt.

fairmaiden said...

I think you've been longing for this trip all summer...I hope it is glorious.

I call the Northern west coast my home. I will never ever leave it again. AND we do have mosquitoes here! They even had to spray this summer because of west nile.

A Perfect Gray said...

lovely post, Suzanne. I'm a southern gal but love the west as well!

Zaira said...

I call home Parma, a pretty university city in Emilia Romagna: people are always happy, food is super-delicious, wine is fantastic and the landscape is something relaxing and quiet. And all my best friends live there!!! I guess those are pretty good reasons ;)

A Vintage Chic said...

Such a beautiful post, Suzanne...I've got to say that part of my heart will always be in New England...but I don't think I'd be truly happy anywhere but right where I am...the west coast. Right in the middle of farmlands, near the ocean and the redwoods...Eden, I think.

So glad you dear friend seems to be doing well...

Hope you're having a most beautiful day.


Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh, I agree, Suzanne. My in-laws live in Portland, and I've learned to really love the area. It's not Texas, but it's pretty darn good. :-)

You have a beautiful family, ya know. Kate included!

Love to you and yours (and Kathleen!),

koralee said...

I love the midwest too..so so beautiful.
Thank you for the update on Kathleen...keep us posted.
Hugs to you my friend. xoxox

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like such a lovely place!
Have a wonderful trip!
So glad your friends surgery went well!

Indie.Tea said...

I grew up in the suburbs, but my heart considers San Francisco my home. I feel my heart literally swelling when I cross the bridge to return...and I just can't imagine that any place will ever feel like home as much as it.
Its sort of close to the Pacific NW :)

Rozmeen said...

Lovely pictures of your familie and pups. Home is where the heart is.


Vonda said...

I have friends that just moved to the Pacific NW and I keep hearing about it from so many others...and now you.

I must visit. You make it sound so wonderful. I'll let you know how I like it.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore that silly dog in the suitcase. :)

I am not quite sure where home is. I do know it is not in Phoenix. This is only where I am currently living with the loves of my life.

pollydove said...

I have visited friends in the Northwest, only once and I LOVED it!

Home ... ? That is an interesting question for me. Southern California seems like home since I grew up there - but my roots are in upstate New York where I was born and my parents live - but now I've raised my children in Utah ... can I feel "home" lots of places? :)

Enjoy your trip!

Faded Highways Photo Journal Exploring the Old Highways of the South said...

You always have the best blog posts. So heartfelt and sincere. I love your choice of photos too. The one of the pooch in the suitcase is adorable. And the Photo of your Gigi is precious. She looks like she's a very spunky lady.

sharon said...

Good post Suzanne. I often ask myself where do I feel to be home. Our house of course is home to our family, but for me that feeling deep in your stomach of being home is linked more to people than things.

cityfarmer said...

...This is such a special season with our folks ...cherish every pacific northwest moment ...is your doggie going? looks like it

love you honey buns!

Jen said...

Coming to you from Miss Sew's blog! You are a gifted writer! I enjoyed reading several of your posts today! The wrinkles, the broken heart...oh my! Good words.
I'll be back often~
Have a great day!

Dovecote Decor said...

I lived in Portland for 3 years. I loved it initially but one summer that never happened chased me to LA!! I couldn't bear the tease of it!!

hometown girl said...

so beautifully put, it sounds lovely! i hope you enjoy your visit! home for me has always been here in western new york. even with it's cold winters, i love the change of seasons. have a super weekend!! hugs, susan

The Zhush said...

Glad to hear that your friend is doing well! And, you already know what place my heart calls home...just ask your dad! :)

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Loved this post! How cute is that sweet little pup!!!

Home is anywhere in the south for me! Enjoy your visit...

Everything Coastal said...

Have a wonderful time! We just got back from Seattle a few weeks ago, and then Tom went again last week to Portland. I fly home on September 9th for Alex's graduation. Hope you have fun, enjoy good weather, good food, good wine and especially the company of your family.


Debra@Common Ground said...

This just makes me want to go there. Such gorgeous images. Hope you're having a wonderful visit "home"!

paperbird said...

Your post made me homesick for the beautiful Northwest. We left the Northwest almost 12 years ago- my heart aches for this land that I fell in love with and have so many treasured memories from.

Thank you for sharing these beautiful images.

Anne Marie said...

how nice you get to travel back home! did you say "no misquitos"
that'll make a girl move out there...just for that!

my brother just got back from Seattle area and just loved all the hiking to be had - and waterfalls -

Have fun!!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I thought it was a lovely post, and then when I got to the end and saw that it was home for you, I teared up. I am home, but my parents have passed, and this made me miss them very much...in a good way! Cherish your time with them.

cityfarmer said...

missn u

Burlap Luxe said...

So enjoyed your postings! gentle words of passion, life, and a journey one will take.

I saw you on Joys! blog roll!
And pleased that I came over for a visit.

Kerri said...

What a lovely place to call home! Have a wonderful trip, travel safely and savour every minute. K xx

Jo said...

Wonderful post!

Home will always be Michigan to me but I try my hardest to make a home of whereever the Navy takes us.

Enjoy your trip and being with those you love dearly.


My Grama's Soul said...

Have a wonderful trip home.....we had a home on San Juan Island for several years.....and I know how truly special the Pacific Northwest is.



Teresa said...

Sweet Sweet!
So glad to see that adorable new puppy KATE!
Hello there KATE!
You look very AT HOME and cozied up in your new home!
Love seeing your sweet family!
And as much as I have always called the SOUTH HOME!
The Northwest is slowly reeling in my HEART!
This is HOME...just as much as The South has always been!
My HEART...my soul...was meant to end up here!
ANd sweet kisses and prayers to Kathleen!
So delighted to hear that her surgery went well!
I know that news is so hard to wait on!

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Kathysue said...

My home is not a place but it is a person. My Hubby, he is my home , he is the other side of me, he completes me. With him all is well and complete, Kathysue

Jeanie said...

My heart calls two places home -- where I live now in mid-Michigan and my cottage up north. But, as Kathysue said, my home is where the people I love are. And really, isn't that what counts?