Welcome to the Weekend…The Highs and Lows of Life

Summer Sunset with Rylee Wishmyer, my niece.

How was your week? I hope you enjoyed a leisurely Labor Day weekend. It’s hard to believe how quickly summer has flown by. We spent the holiday weekend luxuriating in the golden moments of summer with family. Isn’t this a gorgeous photo of my niece Rylee poolside? I’m reflecting on the highs and lows of life this week.

Poolside sunset on Stylemindchic Life My sister, Dorie, my niece, Rylee, and Michael drove up from Newport Beach. We made the most of our time together, as you can see. That’s the thing about a long weekend, it forces us to slow the pace of life down a bit. Summer fun poolside I love the pool shots of my beautiful sister and the guys. Even Jack, the cat, got in to the action. Dorie and Michael are clearly enjoying the sunset as Scott finishes up the grilling. Home and family time

 Outdoor dining on the terrace poolside is by far my favorite way to entertain.

Fresh blooms for the weekend I always enjoy prepping our home for house guests. Fresh flowers are a must, for every bedside. I learned from my mother, Jeri (the newlywed), who’s always had an eye for making things beautiful.

Prepping for guests on Stylemindchic

With fresh fruit from the Chico farmer’s market we had plenty of culinary inspiration.

Summer delights

We enjoyed simple, fresh meals like the tomato, goat cheese and basil baguette, inspired by our recent trip to Spain. A white wine sangria was also on the menu, and it was refreshing alternative poolside. I simply used a citrusy style sauvignon blanc, peaches, nectarines, apples, lime slices and a touch of club soda.

Scott and Heather Pool party

Dorie created this fun little pic of our ‘pool party’ on her Blackberry. It’s a pencil drawing app. We thought the detail was pretty cool.

Dorie and Rylee

Mother and daughter fun! I adore these two.

Happy Family

If I borrowed her, as my daughter, I don’t think anyone would question me…..;)

It is always such a treat to get together, with all branches of my family. As you may remember, this branch is unique since I was adopted at birth, and met my biological sister, Dorie, and my entire birth family back in 1996. Rylee was only a year old at that time so she doesn’t remember a time when I wasn’t her auntie. I love being an auntie to all my amazing nephews (Jordan W., Jordan D., Jared, Hudson, Holden & Beck) and my niece, Rylee. That’s the beauty of adoption….it’s not about the genes, it’s about the love. I feel that love whether it’s through adoption or biology. Family is family.

If all the poolside shots, pretty blooms and happy family photos look a little too, well,…”What a life!”, I want to balance that, as we all do, with what the other side of life looked like this week. Within a 24 hour period I dealt with a near tragedy in one of my programs, and providing grief counseling at a school where a young teacher, father of 2 babies, died suddenly of a heart attack. It’s been a stressful and heart wrenching couple of days for me, as a school psychologist and first responder in crisis. I was feeling very low, following this intense 24 hours, but received such amazing support from friends and family, that I was lifted up. You may never know how much a kind, encouraging word can do for those in need and these lovely ones did that for me. When in need reach out, I did, and for the support I am grateful.

Your words mean more than I can say……Post by Heather Orr Lindstrom.

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Here’s to mostly highs this weekend!

xx,

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Heather, we all seem to have complex family stories. Adoption is part of my family, too. Bonding is what ties hearts. The sharing of days, weeks, months, and years making memories whether good or bad, and sticking together through it all, or being told you were brought in to the family by choice (whether birth or adoption), is the tools to bind.

I am grateful that you brought up the realism that life in photos can be much different than in real time–some times better, some times worse. I am sorry you experienced such a hardship despite your lovely family time. What a tragic and sudden loss for your school family. God speed on healing the broken hearts.

xoxo

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What a lovely photo of you and your niece – there are similarities! You have certainly had a week of mixed emotions. A fun, lively time with your family and then the reality of dealing with such challenges at work.

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It is so much fun to watch Rylee grow up. Thank you for your kind thoughts Miss B! xx

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Great pics of your family and home, Heather! So sad about the young teacher’s passing. Hope you are beginning to heal
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It was a heartbreaking week at work Katie. Thank goodness for weekend time to recharge and refuel. I’m facing the new work week with renewed energy. I so appreciate the kindness and support!
xx

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Such a beautiful party, family and post!! Your home is gorgeous!
I’m so sorry for the stress you’ve had to deal with, and I grieve for that poor young man’s family.
You do the work of angels, my friend. I’m so glad you are able to balance it with the love and joys of family.
xoxoJennifer

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Jennifer dear, It is such a loss for his family and his school. Thank you for the support and kind words. It’s means more than I can say. xx

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So much fun here, Heather…food, smiles, scarves….love it! I hope you will stop by and enter to win my $1000 gift card giveaway from Lafayette 148 New York…you would look amazing in their clothes!

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Thanks for the heads up Pam! I’m on my way over to check it out! Happy Monday! ;)
xx

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You know my prayers are always with you in those fun times and the times of stress and sadness. You have chosen a path that uses all the love and compassion that you have shared through the years. When I went to the hospital to receive the most precious gift anyone could ever give or receive I cried. You were so beautiful then as your are now. I cried for your birth mother. I am so please she has had the privilege of knowing you and giving you a brother and a “sista”plus. Love is love when ever it is
found!

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Thank you mom! What a kind sentiment you have shared with me here. Your words are heartfelt and loving. My appreciation for your support, as I discovered my birth family almost by accident, has meant the world. My favorite story is how you adopted me, at 3 days of age. Now that is the best kind of luck in the whole world. My second favorite story is your love story with Hal.
Love you dearly,
xx

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I love that picture of you with your arms wrapped around your niece. It’s lovely. Your home is beautiful. A wonderful post, thank you. – Nancy

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We had a very special time together. Since Dorie and Rylee live in So Cal we only get to see them a few times a year. Thank you for stopping by darling Nancy! xx

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Appreciate your honesty about life and how we deal with all that’s good and beautiful as well as sad. Prayers go out to lift up the family who lost their beloved. Thanks for sharing the lovely pics of family, food and fun!

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Ahhhh Karen, That is the thing about life, the photos and flowers may look pretty, but the other side of life is all too real. My heart breaks for the family, students and staff that lost that wonderful, gifted teacher. It’s just a simple reminder to find the balance and savor every moment. Happy weekend Karen!
xx

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oh my. how very sad about the sudden death of someone so young and with babies too. I send you and his loved ones my warmest condolences and yes, I can only imagine the shadow that fell over your school in the days that followed. Thank goodness they have you in their world. And I’m so glad you have such a great support system too, to help you refuel. It is so like You to offer a balance to your beautiful photos of family frolicking in your pool, it reminds us that our real lives are so much more complex than we see in blog photos. I SO appreciate the depth and wisdom you sprinkle throughout your posts Heather, and thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your uplifting comments. Sigh. I really do appreciate your friendship, and when you come down to visit Sis we have to meet in person! I would really love that.
hugs,
Les

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Leslie dear, Thank you ever so much for your insight and kind words. When I first discovered your blog I knew we had a meeting of the minds, with our choice of professions. In reading your blog I know we also understand much of this life stuff on a heart level. Supporting the crisis and losses this week almost brought me to my knees, but the kind support and love lifted me up. Thank you for ‘getting it’. I know we both like to reflect on the beauty of life and also keep it real. I love it when you stop by and yes to connecting in person when I’m headed south someday. I would love that!
Happy beachy weekend Leslie;)
xx

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In love with your home and yard, dear!
OXOX
Dawn Lucy
http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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Ahhhh, thanks Dawn. We never stop appreciating the views from our little spot here. Hope your new school year is going well so far. Enjoy your weekend!
xx

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AAAAHHHHH sista, what lovely words wrapping up the most amazing weekend! you and Scotty spoiled us so. You are lucky we don’t live closer because we would want to come “hang out” literally all of the time. I’m still smiling from all of the fun and memories made. Truly in awe of you my sista!

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We LOVED having you all here, sista! I only wish you did live closer…all this fun and frolic could be a part of daily life. I’m still smiling too. We loved every minute. xx

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What a fab visit and how fortunate we are to have family + family + family. You did your thing as the compassionate person you are, this week. Prayers out to the family dealing with loss of husband/Daddy. Thanks for being there for staff and students who feel the pain.

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Ahhhh, thanks hon. As you know, as high as the weekend was, the challenges of my work life were a struggle this week. Thank you for your love and support to keep me going. xx

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I LOVE THIS POST. I think you are so right about family. It’s not just in the genes; it’s the LOVE. I feel like family with friends with whom there is a strong bond, and of course with family as well. But love makes things happen where you might think otherwise. You all look wonderful my friend! Summer is still here, though I just finished my second week of school. But before we know it, we’ll have our world famous Minnesota winters.

Much love to you dearest Heather! Anita

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Thank you Anita! We are so fortunate to be surrounded by family, and friends, on all sides. I’m happy to hear you are indulging in more days of summer weather. Enjoy your weekend my darling friend!
xx

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