Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Home.

As we look ahead at a few months that are filled to the brim with travel plans, I have been fully appreciating my time at home the last few days. Home has been a consistent theme in my life in recent months.  Overall, it's been a strange concept for me these last few years. 

Sometimes it has a lot to do with the actual walls we live in and sometimes it has way more to do with where we are in life.  The whole concept is made fuzzier when Andy and I utter the words; "we're heading home."  (I truly think no one really knows if we mean we are heading to the place that holds our belongings or to Iowa - the place that has a serious hold on our hearts.)

All the while we continue to search for a house to make our home for the foreseeable future - the place where we'll build upon our current life.  And, in doing so, I can't help but acknowledge the Peter Pan inside me that doesn't want to grow up - the nagging feeling that says I should run to a million different places before settling into this next chapter. 

What I know is that life typically presents itself in the exact fashion it should.  So, while we braced ourselves for the news that we'll be staying in Florida a little longer than expected, we were presented with an awesome opportunity to make the most of it.  And, somehow, the contradicting voice of the tree that wants its leaves to blow in the wind while simultaneously putting down roots, is satisfied.


What it looks like to make travel plans at the Wendling house.
I’m so excited to have the opportunity to add to the adventures on this blog with Wyndham’s Women on their Way.  And, I'm humbled because I know I have all of you readers – ahem – voters to thank.  So, while I sketch out intricate travel plans for the next year, please know that Andy and I thank you for reading, caring, sending good vibes, forgiving my typos, soaking up our words – our good & not-so-good times – and leaving comments that help us to reflect on our travels, marriage and, well, life!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jameson David

I'm lacking sleep today so I'll let the Dixie Chicks do the talking...


"They didn't have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade


How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up


I slip in bed when you're asleep
To hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there'll be so much to do
So tonight I'll drift in a dream with you


How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up


As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you're miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade


How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up


How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up
Is forever enough
Cause I'm never, never giving you up."

{The song "Lullaby" was written by Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson.}

Friday, April 6, 2012

GPS

When Andy and I travel, I love the GPS.  I enjoy the false sense of security it gives – where to turn, how fast to go and exactly when I will be there.  Andy, on the other hand, has to look up the route before we travel it (even when using the GPS).  Although he acknowledges the benefits of our faithful Garmin, he also jumps at the opportunity to yell or argue with it when things don’t go as planned.  And, somewhere in the middle, is the best way to travel. 

I’m in Iowa this week – sans Garmin – in uncharted territory.  I’m anxiously and impatiently waiting on my niece or nephew to arrive.  I expected to cook dinners for my sister’s new family.  To see a belly full of life and laugh while we guess what the baby’s, well, everything will look like!  But, as we all prepare to take on roles never assumed before – Aunt, Mom, Grandma, Dad – we move forward with a nerve-racking mixture of complete confidence and utter vulnerability that I wasn’t expecting.

And, right in the middle of these new feelings, there is the opportunity to reflect on the type of people we want to be for this new life.  We can find that happy medium between arguing with the unexpected and planning for it.  We can learn from our vulnerability, reign in our confidence, and move forward.  Though there is no ETA for the arrival of this new life, somehow I think this little being will be here at the exact moment we are ready.
Signs of fresh beginnings everywhere!
  
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