the smell of you

It was completely unexpected since we’d spent nearly two weeks together on the tail-end of her study abroad in Spain. And yet when we got home, Eliza presented a beautiful gift bag stuffed with bright tissue paper. It’s for you Mom, from me. To thank you...

7.6.14 Barcelona, Beer Toasts and Friends

Eliza’s been here seven weeks and made some incredible friends. How wonderful for me that I got to meet four of them this afternoon, walking together through Naked Man Park, laughing and toasting over Barcelona beers. How immediately I loved these...

7.15.14 Arriving in Barcelona

  I couldn’t sleep on the plane I was so excited to land in Barcelona. Who doesn’t dream of a getaway to Spain? But for me there was more. I knew this would happen the moment Eliza got out of class and made her way to Placa de Catalunya, where...

How could I not?

The decision to support your daughter’s Study Abroad can be a difficult one for Moms and Dads back home. You want her to experience a broader world, yes. But there is so much worry. So much distance. And so much time apart. One click on a photo in Eliza’s...

And All Will Be Well.

I’ve faced her departure so many times now you’d think it would get easier. It is a part of life, I know, this letting go, this standing by and cheering her on as her wings gain strength and lift her into flight, my sweet, sweet baby, moving deeper into...

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