Saturday, January 17, 2015

The wings of change...





There are times in your life 
when you need to take a deep breath and let go. 
I am feeling it now.
The wings of change are in the air.

Miss Claire (L) and Miss Christine (R)

My girls take change in stride. Moving countries, a few times, 
during your informative years, does that to a person. 
They have a joie de vivre for life and easy confidence 
that I admire. I also like to think that
they picked up a few pointers from me. :)


Happy New Year!

These days they live 16,000 miles apart and countless hours by plane. 
Each visit together is a gift and they have no trouble making the most of it.


Peace and Love

I love that some things never change...

Sisterly love, Miss Claire (L) and Miss Christine (R) 

I wanted to write today, for the girls, for two reasons.

Christine is back to work in Sydney, Australia 
where she lives and today is her birthday! 
If you are around Bondi Beach today and
see our bright eyed gorgeous girl...please wish her a 

Happy Happy 
Bondi Birthday Christine!!!


Miss Claire is back in the USA, packing her bags 
for a six month study abroad programme in Cameroon.
She flies off tomorrow evening...for an adventure of a lifetime.
And so begins my six months of deep breathing techniques.

Happy travels to Miss Claire!

Peace...in Hong Kong

As for me... I am back in Vietnam, feeling those wings of change.
I am being mindful of taking deep breaths and letting go.
Why does it always sound so much easier than it actually is???



I think Buddha has the right idea. 
I will try leaning into it and draping myself in flowers.
:)
  
Sending you warm wishes from Chateau Mango!

Jeanne xx


52 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, deep breaths. It is excruciating sometimes to let them go, but also so wonderful to realize that they are totally capable of taking care of themselves. Even so, they own a piece of our hearts and that goes with them always.

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    1. A wonderful way to look at it Judith..thank you.

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  2. I was just thinking that in a way, the more liberty we have the harder it can be to let go. If that makes sense.

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  3. Distance is just a measure to see how far love can travel.
    Blessings
    Lovely post
    Jeanne

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    1. Around the globe and back again Jeanne...a lovely thought. :)

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  4. Wow Jeanne, as I read this I am trying to convince my son that it would not be a terrible thing to go to school locally! ;) (I'm - mostly - teasing, of course.) But you gave your girls such wings to fly! Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl. They're both so beautiful!

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  5. Lovely post Jeanne.. as always from your heart. Your Christine and I share birthdays.. special people we are! x Do these winds of change bring news of a wonderful cool change for you also?.. I trust so.. good builders..hurry up! xx hugs j

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    1. Special indeed Jean...I hope you had a wonderful birthday. We are in for a cool change in February but only for a week. Waiting patiently.. ;) xx

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  6. Hello Jeanne
    You have two beautiful daughters who love each other and seem to have so much fun together. Change, while good, can also be a big adjustment. I wish you peace and contentment.
    As an added observation, you can take credit for rearing two women who are making a difference in the world.
    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you Helen...that has been the theme today, peace and contentment. I like it! xx

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  7. Of course they are living their mother's life. What a great gift you have given them. Jeanne what will you do when you finally put down roots in the US of A? Always an adventure reading your thoughts...and enjoying the progress at Tahilla Farm...Happy New Year...

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    1. Well...that is an intersting question Cindy. I look forward to answering it one day. :) Sending you warm wishes from Saigon.. xx

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  8. Those pesky goodbyes to our kids, are always hard.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  9. The leaning and draping and breathing sounds like a very thorough plan to me, Jeanne! I do a lot of leaning into and breathing myself into the moment, but now I realize I may need more flowers :)

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    1. Glad to hear Quinn...I vote big colourful flowers!! :)

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  10. I so admire (and envy a tiny bit) your worldly children. they are wonderful gifts you have given them - living in other countries and being part of other cultures, freedom from fear of the new, an adventurous spirit, unconditional love. They really have it all. Good job, Momma.

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    1. Thank you Webb, they certainly keep me on my toes and in the air... :)

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  11. Congratulations for raising such lovely women of the world. I'm sure you and Mr. H have been excellent examples for them to follow.

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  12. Letting Go is my mantra for 2015, and I love your beautiful photo/meme. It will be my wallpaper and so everyday as I let go, I will think of you:)

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    1. Such a lovely thought Brenda...thank you!! :)

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  13. I don't know how you do it Jeanne, with a piece of your heart in so many continents. Hope you found the time to drape yourself with flowers. That is never a bad idea.

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    1. It's a balancing act Loree...and yes, the flowers, have been on my mind. Thinking bigger now, maybe a few palm leaves instead. ;)

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  14. Prayers changes are saturated with peace, safety, and love for you all
    You are a good Mother. Adventurous children must be as much a worry as a source of Joy.
    The Buddha's photograph is stunning gorgeous. I thought it was the cover of a book. hint hint :)

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    1. Hint...Hint..taken Maywyn. Thank you! They are a source of joy...more now that they are in their 20's and out of the teenage years. ;)

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  15. Every word, every story, every photo you share brings delight and awe...your girls are magnificent women and surely their strong, capable selves were nurtured by your knowing and loving hands. Also, your sons are pure wonder and delight as they forge ahead with their lives....and you, oh my Ms Jeanne...you bend and sway with such ease...even if you are telling us that you do not always breathe in deeply, your journey is full of the sweetness and nectar of ever so much love and adventure. Being a "member" of your interntional circle of folks, well that gift is treasured by me. I always hold you all in the light...peace and so many blessings, dear Jeanne Kristin

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    1. Kristin...you are a sweetheart! I could read your words over and over again, volumes of them! Thank you kindly...your words were especially appreciated as Miss Claire sat nervously at the airport before departing. We were communicating through phone messages. I told her to read the comments to this post...I knew they would give her strength. Thank you, thank you! xx

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  16. I do enjoy your blogs. Families are wonderful and we are finally living closer to our daughters and their families. We downsized, moved to a smaller home, in a smaller city and love the change. Your photos and comments about Tahilla Farm are much appreciated. Life is all about change.

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    1. Thank you Eleni...more on Tahilla Farm to come soon. I appreciate you following along, truly. :)

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  17. So wonderful to see when the children love each other when together and far apart and a joy for the parents to experience.

    You can use their wings of change and in your own flight of letting go.

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  18. AM just NOW letting go............25 and 27.Every time I get a call or a text to ask me how to make this or what color should I paint that I SMILE!I did rub off on THEM!They do HAVE a bit of ME!Holding my breath a lot I wonder will it turn out ALRIGHT?I have done my JOB and I have come to TERMS with that.........Now it's ME and the ITALIAN HUSBAND once again always together..........will I SURVIVE THAT!!?XO

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    1. I am sure you will Elizabeth...how could you not? :) xx

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  19. When you so enjoye having your girls around, it's hard to let go especially when they are so far away.

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  20. when one door closes another opens + believe and you will get though anything. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  21. Here's a hug. May your breaths be calming and your thoughts on love. xo

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    1. Feeling calmer already Carole...thank you. xx

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  22. This post speaks to my heart. I know that feeling...the letting go and the sudden intake of breath when we look at our kids and feel our cup runneth over. We are so lucky to have them aren't we? They keep us growing. Happy Birthday to your lovely, exuberant daughter. It looks like we were in the hospital at the same time---different year maybe. hugs,
    Leslie

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    1. Thank you Leslie...we are indeed, very lucky to have them. xx

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  23. your girl make a change/chance into adulthood....When the winds of change blow, some go hiding while others go out to build windmills. I wish them they can build it

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  24. I love that you are all such adventurers. You have clearly instilled a wonderful sense of curiosity and passion for life in both of your beautiful girls, Jeanne! It must be so hard to watch them go, but what a gift you have given them. xo Gigi

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    1. Thank you Gigi...I thank god for Skype too! xx

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  25. Jeanne, your beautiful girls always make me smile! They always looks so happy and seem to have the love of wanderlust that their mother has.

    You have raised two strong, beautiful, and wonderful women! A happy birthday to Christine! And to Claire, bon voyage and be safe on your adventures.

    I too have been learning to breath and try not to let my thoughts run off with me! I hope that you are managing better than I!

    Have a beautiful and relaxing weekend dear Jeanne.

    By the way, i loved your photo of the pillows taking the air by your pool!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I added the pillow pic to my next post, for you.. :) Here is to breathing, letting go and keeping track of those thoughts. I wish you well my friend. xx

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