still here

breck moon 2015 004

We spent another peaceful summer in the Rockies and returned home happy and replenished from our five weeks there. I always dread leaving a little bit – it so beautiful and wholesome there; any place else seems tarnished in comparison – but then we get home and it feels right to be back. There may be no sky like the Great Western Sky, but if I go for a run in the hills five minutes from our little apartment and catch a glimpse of our city between the trees, and beyond the red tile roofs and church towers, there stand the first small Dolomites, I think hey, look at that, can you believe this is your home? A place as foreign and as beautiful as all that?

And in this way it often seems to me that I have managed to stitch together the best of many different worlds. Since this past winter the feeling that I am so fortunate to have this life, these boys, this family and these friends, these beautiful places to call home has grown and grown, and the only time I can remember ever feeling quite so content and quite so fortunate was at the tail end of winter 2011, when spring was budding in the green hills where we lived just outside this town.


How things change, how boys grow! How humbling to realize that the things I was so worried about, so sure would be the ruin of us all, turned out to be the very best part and what made everything else all worthwhile.


About Jennifer

I'm a freelance translator and American expat. I live in Northern Italy with my two young sons.
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8 Responses to still here

  1. Jill says:

    So happy to receive this update and know you and the boys are doing well! xx

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi Jill! It is good to hear from you! I hope all is well in Venice.

  3. Mary Ann Stafford says:

    Glad you’re back, well and happy!

  4. Beautiful boys. Thank you❤️

  5. Jadie says:

    Those boys are BIG. Nice to see you back on your blog, however briefly!

  6. sullimaybe says:

    Praying your family is safe from earthquake.

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Linda! Thank you, we are fine. We were in the States and the earthquake was far from where we live in Italy anyway. Thank you so much for thinking of us.

      • sullimaybe says:

        Hi Jennifer! Glad your family is well and middle school already. Oldest seems self-possessed that trait will serve him well through his life. Love following your boys mine are now men in their 30’s! ❤️Linda


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