12 on 12: February

My family had a rough start to the year.  My husband’s beloved mother died.  While the family was together and we all were able to say our goodbyes, it was hard and painful and made us all pull in closer and hold onto each other.

One way our family deals with hardships is long family days.  We clear the calendar and head out for adventure for the day.   Because the ocean is holy for us, we decided to head to Santa Monica and breathe in the fresh sea air. I loaded up my Canon N1 with Kodak Portra 400 and headed out for the day.  First stop was our favorite pub, Finn McCool’s.  We had lunch, played cards, took some pictures, and maybe had a drink or two.

After some time at the pub, we took a walk around town and visited the shops.  Santa Monica is filled with life and color, just like my blessed mother in law.

As the sun began to set, we headed to the sand.  We watched the sunset and said our goodbyes to Andy’s mother, Barbara Jeanne.   We miss you.  Thank you for all that you gifted to us, especially Andrew.  We will love him with all that we have until we all see each other again.


To see what Vanessa was up to last month, head on over to her blog and then continue through the blog circle. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


  • On film! So so good, and what a way to honor and celebrate your mother-in-law than that kind of togetherness. (Is Finn McCool’s where we went when I visited? It looks familiar.) And the ocean sunsets – so much yes. Hugs to you all.

  • Staci, Though belated, I believe one can never be too late to offer a compassionate response to those who grieve. My heart goes out to you and your family in the loss of Andy’s Mother. I am impressed by how your family finds ways to be together and support one another. So needed in this fast-paced life we live. Love, Jayne


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