It’s a beautiful day in New York.

Dear friends,

It’s Saturday morning and I’m sitting in a Starbucks window seat on the Upper West Side drinking my latte and watching the world walk by (so very “You’ve Got Mail”).

It’s a beautiful day in New York City.

Over the last four days, my responsibilities and anxieties have melted away and all that remains is one fabulous, monumentally memorable mother-daughter trip.

I’m relaxed. I’m happy. My heart is full with gratitude for the gift of this time with Kate. I’m guessing it won’t surprise you to hear that I have very nearly burst into tears a million times — so many things have moved me these last few days. Even as I type this and look out the window while waiting on Kate to fill her coffee order, I am overflowing with joy.

There is beauty everywhere.

We’re off now — to soak up one last day in the city. Truth is, though, we could be anywhere. Mostly I am off to soak up one more glorious day of memories with my sweet child.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Saturday, too!

With gratitude {for all the love and beauty in this world},

Joan, who is convinced travel is a fool-proof tonic for the soul


Dear friends,

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We had a gullywasher yesterday. Mr. Mom noted last night the weather “rained out” his Sunday. Me? It made my day.

There was no guilt to be found in watching four movies in a row — You’ve Got Mail, Splendor in the Grass, Where the Boys Are, and Last of the Mohicans. I have seen all of them before, but couldn’t resist four diverse love stories on a rainy day. It seemed urgent. It seemed vital.

And three helpings of Pioneer Woman’s Baked French Toast spread throughout the day was just the anti-motivation I needed to stay put.

With gratitude {for a great satellite movie package, a comfy new sofa, and the best “breakfast” times 3 I can remember in a long time},

Joan, who thinks no greater cinematic beauty has ever been filmed than Deanie Loomis (Natalie Wood) in her white dress and hat at the end of Splendor in the Grass