Anticipation... Slice of Life

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In 40 days, my husband and I will be landing in Istanbul and I will see my daughter for the first time since September.  My heart aches to have her in my arms.

I can't wait...

to touch her, kiss her, and smell her...just like when she was a baby.  (That may sound a little weird...maybe it's a mom thing).

  Two days later, Sana, our daughter from India will be joining us in Istanbul and the four of us will tour Turkey together.  We haven't seen Sana in two years since she ended her youth exchange year with us.

Again, I can't wait...

to hug that girl.  I can already hear the incessant laughter and chatter that will be coming from the two girls.  I am going to love every minute of it.

I can't wait...

We're already planning Annie's Welcome Home Party.  When I asked her what she wanted me to make she replied:

It's a good thing I like to cook.  

There are so many more things to look forward to this summer...

My son's job working with inner city kids at summer will be a good experience for him and those kids are so lucky to get to spend time with my boy.

My oldest daughter travels back to San Francisco for a summer internship in design.  It's a wonderful feeling to sit back and watch her be successful and happy.  The good thing is it's just for the summer and then she's back close to home.

I'm teaching a digital writing class with 2 exceptional educators and friends for the Columbus Area Writing Project.

I'm hoping to catch up with friends who I don't see very often, read some great books, bike on Ohio's Rails to Trails, garden and try some new recipes.

It's going to be a wonderful, wonderful summer.

I can't wait!

What are you looking forward to doing this summer?


  1. seems that your summer is full...full of things to do, places to travel...and full of life. Your children are doing interesting things/jobs...and seem to care about their fellow humans. You must be so proud of them. I hope you have a wonderful time in Turkey. I have only been there one time. This summer we are going again to New Mexico where I do a workshop at the Cuyamungue Institute...this time on creativity...then in the fall we are headed for England.

  2. Dear Jackie,
    I am so very proud of my kids. This is the first time I've ever traveled overseas. I'm so excited and I know that I'm going to get the travel bug and want to travel more. Your workshop in New Mexico sounds very interesting. I'm going to have to check that out.

  3. Oh, lucky you! My Elizabeth will also be in Istanbul, but at a time when we will be busy getting our youngest off for her jaunt through England and France. You have a wonderful summer ahead, Julie...hope you will slice about it!

  4. It sounds like you have some wonderful things to look forward to! Your list made me want to write my own list of anticipation! And very high on that list would be CAWP!!! I just got accepted! I can't believe you are teaching a class for it! I guess that means I'll get to meet you, which makes me even more excited! I always love the chance to meet a fellow Slicer! :-)

  5. Tara, It sounds like you have a traveling clan too. Enjoy!

  6. Jennifer, How exciting! You will absolutely love CAWP. It's a wonderful group of people. I'll be teaching the Advanced Summer Institute, but I'll be sure to stop by at some point to meet you. My friend and colleague, Kate will be in your class too.

  7. Wow! You have so many wonderful things to look forward to this summer. I've been looking forward to my summer, too--reconnecting with Writing Project colleagues, joining Teachers Write again, completing a sprint triathlon, going on vacation with extended family in Wisconsin, and just piddling around the house.

  8. Wow - what wonderful and diverse summer "fare for you all." It is a reminder that we still "need" summer "vacation" to get it all into our year!

  9. What a busy summer you will have! I can't wait to read about Turkey. I've never been to Istanbul but I've been to Kusadasi twice. Ephesus was very interesting. I am doing a cruise that goes to Iceland. Should be interesting.

  10. So very exciting to think about your daughter and your reunion, Julie. When my son moved away, it was tough, but I have realized that we just need to make a different relationship long distance. Your summer plans sound wonderful & you've already told me about the CAWP which does sound great. I wrote last week about going to All-Write, & I will travel to Missouri sometime to see my extended family, but another highlight is that my son & family, daughter & family & I are going to stay for a week in Captive, the island next to Sanibel Island. My husband & I took our grandson & stayed on Sanibel two years ago, a wonderful trip so we're going back. It's hard to get enough of the ocean! Cheers for the summer!


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