summer news.

I should first begin to note that this has been such a crazy Virginia summer. Like, it’s been enjoyable! Ha. What I mean is that there seems to have been so many spectacular days with no humidity. Which is really weird and really lovely. We’ve had some fun evenings with friends..


This picture makes me laugh. ‘Um, can I have a seat at the table?’ questions Gladys.

There’s been lots of basking outside time.

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And not too many of these days.


And yes, Evelyn seems to be getting so big these days. Partly due to the amount of food she eats. Breakfast consists of a huge bowl of oatmeal, yogurt and half a banana mixed together. And then after all that I get this face when I start to eat my breakfast.


Such a fusser. Still hasn’t got the whole full belly memo. So this is definitely a favorite hang out spot.


I’ve been trying to tell her that she doesn’t need to fuss for food, just go pat the fridge and I’ll get her something. Hasn’t really got that memo either.

Another favorite past time is the book shelf.


I pack the books in so tight that even I have trouble removing one so she usually doesn’t make too much damage. She has her favorites that she likes to read and especially enjoys sampling the flavors of each.

Thanks to facebook, I saw that one high school friend was flying across the country to visit another high school friend and jumped on the bandwagon. Wes kindly drove Ev and I up to the DC area and the five of us ate lunch together and caught up on the highlights of the past six years.


It was fun to introduce them to Ev and hear about what’s been going on in their lives. One of them works next door to Davey and said they occasionally bump into each other but she never knows what to call him; she only knows him as Davey but thinks that all his Art’s guys know him as David. I was like, ‘heh, holler out, ‘hi Davvveeeyy.”

And lastly, I didn’t know so many of you were hydrangea fans. I posted this on Instagram a couple days ago. It’s in my neighbors yard and is pretty amazing.


So impressive. I learned from my MIL that you can grow starts from the clippings so I plan on being real helpful to my neighbor in the pruning department this winter.

Oh, one more thing. My mom told me she’d received something in the mail and sent me this picture.


So basically my Grampa is adorable and awesome. Eighty-eight years old and still surprising Grama with gifts.

It’s been a good summer folks. Love to you and yours.



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After a couple months of no internet, we finally bit the bullet. I’m now happily listening to itunes radio again and hopefully popping in here a bit more often.

And the most exciting thing that has happened in the time I’ve been a bit absent is the arrival of The Triplets. Yes, they deserve capital letters.

Sometime back in the winter, one of my best friends came over for lunch. While I was hopping around the kitchen she informed me that she was pregnant. I did a happy dance and said all the congratulations and danced some more. Then she told me it was triplets. And I fell against the counter behind me and said, ‘oh my gosh,’ for probably three minutes straight.

So many prayers said by so many people for the safe arrival of these three little girls. And last month, all three entered the world safe and sound. Such a miraculous blessing. We got to go visit them when they were five days old. Pretty much took my breath away. I couldn’t believe that Evelyn had been even near their size.

IMG_4218And speaking of Evelyn, she preferred that I paid attention to her instead of the babies. That’s her pounding ¬†on the glass in the nursery.

So, so tiny. Pictures don’t do it justice. I got to burp one but mainly just had a cuddling session.IMG_4227

We went over last week to see them in their home, (I got to feed one!) and introduce them to Evelyn. So fun. So amazing. Such an incredible gift.

IMG_4301Congratulations dear friends!


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Lake Moomaw. take five.

I can’t miss sharing our annual Moomaw trip.

This one was different. We had fabulous weather 95% of the trip. And we had a baby. And we brought our dog.


She is a pretty adorable camper.

We were seriously in awe of the gorgeous days. Camping in Virginia almost gaurantees rain. And last year I had almost sworn off camping after our two outdoor adventures left us soaked and damp for days. But we basked during this trip and it was lovely.

The little miss did quite well on her first camping expedition. She probably disturbed the peace less frequently than dear Gladys who for some reason felt the need to be the rooster of the mornings. Charming indeed.
IMG_4132Bebes change the experience a bit in that you can’t completely go flying around whenever your heart desires. There’s naps to think of and food and diapers and the occasional land lockedness when the boys take the keys to the car on the boat and there you sit at the camp site. So it was lovely to have the grandparents there to babysit while Wes and I tore around on jet skis or serenely (heh) glided on sail boats.

And everyone took up a new hobby. Wake surfing is the new thing. At least on our boat. Some of us do it better than others.

It was a blast.

As always.


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incoming family.

Last week, my grandparents, my parents, and my brother came to visit me. Mom said it was a bit challenging traveling with three David Earl Bowins. But I’m so glad they all made the effort. I’m always in awe a bit that my grandparents still are able to come visit me and so thankful they get to know my little bebe. My parents have been flying here yither and yon and moving in between and I didn’t think I’d see Davey til his wedding. So it was pretty darn awesome to have them all come out and see my little hills house and play with Evelyn.

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Due to the amount of visitors and our expanded family, some lovely folks let us borrow their fifteen passenger van. Davey was our chauffeur and would occasionally make such comments as, ‘Wow. This thing just purrs,’ or ‘Wow. I feel like I’m on the edge of control.’ He did a pretty good job getting us around and we managed to see some lovely places. We even were treated to a Band of Brothers concert; none of the family had ever heard them live and the band did a pretty exquisite performance.

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Evelyn’s at such a fun age and grins and blows bubbles and yaks. I loved watching her interact with the Uncle Davey. And everyone.

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Can’t wait for Davey’s wedding.

Hugs and love.

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let me count the ways.

How we adore this new place of ours. First of all, I have a mural on my mailbox.
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Imagine my horror when Wes mentioned that he wanted to paint the whole thing a shiny new black. I was like, ‘Wes! That’s my favorite part of the house!’.

Secondly, we live on this quiet road with a post office at the end. It was established in 1828 and it’s retail hours are Monday thru Friday, 10-12. It’s always unlocked because of the PO Boxes and one side is completely full of antiques that I guess are up for sale?
photo 1I walked 1/8 a mile to my post office to change my mailing address and met my first neighbor, Jacklyn, owner of the Old Rose Tavern. She very quickly welcomed me into the neighborhood, gave me a run down of the area, walked me home and gave me her telephone number. She’s been a nurse for 42 years and has lived in, I believe 32 places around the world. (She was a nurse in the army at one point).

I also met Alex at the Post Office. He informed me that Madison has five rivers that flow out of it so when the great drought comes, we will have water.

This place is better than I originally thought.

If I walk 1/8 a mile the other direction, I come to this view.

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Another reason to adore this place.

A big win is Wesley coming home for lunch every single day. Evelyn’s thrilled. I’m thrilled that Evelyn’s thrilled. It breaks up our day so wonderfully.

DSC_0065A couple days after I met Jacklyn, Jennifer came over to introduce herself and brought over a flower arrangement and a whole bag of bathtime stuff for Evelyn. Then she told me to come over for a spot of tea any time. And I was like, ‘I love this place!!’. Incidentally, she runs an air b&b so I’ve got lots of places to send overflow guests.

I sent my dad some pictures of Ev and I outstide and he asked if I was at a park. ‘That would be my yard,’ I responded, with way too much pleasure I’m sure.

We drove around the country one fine evening and I oohed and ahhed at the lovely scenery, then we ended up in our small downtown for a dinner on the patio. And it was just the best.

IMG_4005We’re having way too much fun.

Come hang with us!


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home in the hills.

On June 2nd, while Wes was still in the throes of d boxes, he received a call from one of our realtors letting us know that a house was just about ready to be rented in Madison. Wes swung by it on his way home from work and told me it was really cute but who knows what the inside was like. It was a three bed, one bath with no AC. I was surprised at his interest because he really enjoys his AC.

The next day, I drove by it with Wes. It was indeed charming. We peeked into what windows we could see and felt a tiny seed of great potential plant itself within us.

On Thursday, the day after our d box was approved we were able to do a walk through with our realtor.

Wes and I seriously did high-fives throughout the entire house. Seriously. Within five seconds upon arrrival, Wesley was like,’DUDE! There’s another bathroom!’ [high five]. Within seven seconds, we had made it about 8 feet into the house and were like, ‘We’ll take it!!!’ [high five]. The house was immaculate. The owners son had spent months living there fixing everything up, two brand new bathrooms, shiny paint and trim, new windows, new carpet, it was amazing. And it had AC. [high five]. Wesley and I were pretty much in shock the rest of the day. And could hardly believe it. The timing was too incredible, the blessing was too huge, we couldn’t figure out how this was all working so beautifully for us.

The next day, at 6:30 am, Wes dropped off our first load. I had some truly lovely worker bees over and we packed up the house and took over another load that night and showed Wesley’s parents our new house. I was so giddy all over again. It was better every time I saw it.

And on Saturday, we moved the rest of our stuff over.

And I still wake up giddy every morning.

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I really can’t believe all that took place in less than a week.

So incredibly thankful for this home to live in, for the dear people that live with me in it, for everyone who helped make it such a smooth transition and for the prayers prayed for us.

We can’t wait to share our abode with you.

Love and hugs.

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limbo and d boxes.

We woke up early on May 28th, and Evelyn and I went to work with Wes. I didn’t want to be hanging around with the septic people, the buyers and the realtors all sitting on my patio.

Ev and I fell back to sleep at Wesley’s parents and I really hoped I would wake up to a green light.

Unfortunately, it was a text from our realtor stating, ‘We have a problem.’

So while the septic did not blow up, the distribution box was disintegrating. We took a deep breath, said this isn’t the end of the world, this is why we didn’t pack up the house and lets fix it.

It just felt like the end of the world two days later, after Wesley had done a superb job on the box and the health inspector came out and didn’t pass it because it was the wrong size box. I was just sick.

I should mention that the buyers still wanted our house and we were trying to make everything go as fast as possible to get out of this limbo. I kept telling myself to rejoice that we had a problem that we could fix!

Wes knocked out the second box, health inspector came out and pointed a few things out to me that still needed some attention. I just loved being the go to person for him.

Lots of concrete later, and we were approved on June 4th, a week after the original closing day. The new closing day was set for June 10th.

Next up, house in the hills.

Oh, while you’re waiting I’ll share this gem with you. I made this card for mom when I was thirteen.

IMG_3928It was her birthday card/way to go mom for moving from the Bay Area to the Central Coast. Inside was lots of great encouragement from me on what a great job she did as the rest of us weren’t much help. You can see that she developed muscles from lifting garage stuff, study books, and storage old clothes while a box of pillows did me in.

This made me chuckle on moving day. It’s also interesting to note that my artistic abilities haven’t changed much since those days.



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