There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep in your own bed.
Fresh from a solid 9 hours, I am working my way through a pile of dirty clothes and making lots of lists – groceries, appointments, and upcoming events. After 5 wonderful weeks stateside, we are gearing up for an exciting year ahead. In the next 12 months we will hear of our next assignment, pack up and head in that direction. In the meantime we will embark on 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades – plus venture into the world of a Virtual High School. There are runs and triathlons in the future, some great beach parties and a few exciting trips.
During the last few weeks I have picked up a number of new readers and I thought that today was a good day to give an update and an overview. As we are being welcomed home to our tropical island, I welcome you to Wind Inspired.
A year ago I started writing. This blog was to serve as a way of keeping in touch with family and friends during our assignment in the Caribbean and become a family record of stories, recipes, and photos. In the end it has been a wonderful connection. Living on a tropical island can be somewhat isolating. Reaching out to military spouses around the world and to those who share my loves of photography, ar,t travel and food, have made our distant location seem a little bit closer to civilization.
In an effort to keep everything organized and accessible all of my past posts are filed under the headings at the top of my home page.
ABOUT – Some info about me and my motley crew. It is also the location where you can look back on any posts that pertain to motherhood, marriage, and interesting perspectives on life.
CAPTURE – I am a photographer. At times professional – right now just playing, researching, and learning. Short assignments and different country’s tax laws mean putting the business on hold for years at a time, but the plus side to that means time and freedom to experiment and get better at what I do. See what I am working on.
CREATE – Painting, writing, sewing, beading, gluing…. I have an undergraduate degree in Art and my concentration was in drawing and painting. In a dream world I would be an illustrator, in the real world I always have projects on my art table that are “in the works.” Check out my completed creations as well as some fun stuff I’ve done with the kids.
EAT – This family eats with enthusiasm. I love to create recipes and cook. I enjoy having helpers in the kitchen. Everyone eats. The thing is – it has to be gluten-free. Join in on our quest for great recipes, restaurants and products that make our GF lifestyle more enjoyable.
EXPLORE – Travel. While my husband and I do get an occasional get-a-way alone, most of our travel is our children. Everything I write about is focussed on fun and exploration for families. Where to eat, what to do, times, costs and tween approval.
HEAL - Living with chronic illness is a daily challenge. We meet this challenge head-on. A healthy lifestyle, good information, and family support helps. So does a huge dose of humor.
RUN - From 5ks and sprint triathlons, to Marathons and Ironman races, we are an active bunch. This area will lead you to thoughts on training, events, and accomplishments.
SERVE – Service to others is a way of our military life. While our lives are dictated my husband’s service to the US Air Force, we are also passionate about volunteering and giving within our community. This is where I share the ups, the downs and the discoveries of being a military family.
CELEBRATE – I love a party. Whether the six of us are celebrating Chinese New Year or I am throwing a birthday party for 20 teenagers, I love the details that make an event special. Check out my ideas for food, favors and activities.
Into Pinterest? I have my boards organized under the same headings as my blog. I am often trying out a new project and recipe and I love to share my pinteresting successes and failures.
Thanks for stopping by. Take a look around.
Need a starting point? Here are a few of my favorites:
Beauty is in the eye of the beekeeper:
Come fly with me:
Fear of Falling:
Worth the Weight:
Laughter is the best medicine:
Lots and lots of Legos: