Friday, October 29, 2010


Friday Fave Five makes Friday a favorite day of the week.  Susanne hosts FFF and faithfully puts up Mr. Linky so whoever wishes to can participate in sharing the gratitude and blessings of their week.  Thanks, Susanne!

Nothing makes me happier than spending time with people I love.  When conversations turn to love languages and how people express love, I am always confident knowing that mine is spending quality time.  This week, I've been smiling quietly remembering my wonderful weekend with my daughter-in-law. 

1.  Hiking at South Mountain
 You can see how steep our trail was.
  If you look carefully, you'll see that I added a little note to the photo below showing where we parked our car and how far away it was.

2. The Cafe at The Farm

Eating lunch among the blooming flowers.

3. Walking through the organic gardens, we found this:

4.  In the back corner of The Farm's property is an artists' studio.  If I lived in Phoenix, I'd beg to be part of this studio!

5.  On Sunday morning, my daughter-in-law was kind enough to drive me to a suburb of Phoenix to hear Joshua Becker speak.  He is a blogger and writer at  If you are interested in simplifying your life, your possessions and your commitments, I recommend that you read his blog and his books Simplify and Inside Out Simplicity.  He's an inspirational speaker, just a guy with a family and a house in the suburbs who wants to help people find their passion and the space and time to pursue it.

My passion is my family and spending time nurturing my relationships with them.  My weekend spent with my precious daughter-in-law was the best gift!


ellen b. said...

That's a great passion Willow! Blessings on every member of your family.

Brenda said...

How fun to hear Joshua Becker speak!

I think its great you got a whole weekend with your daughter in law.

Unknown said...

I love hiking! and the beach!

Sharon Lynne said...

That desert looks familiar. My husband's Aunt and Uncle owned a ranch about 15 minutes from Buckeye and we spent many happy times exploring the desert.

The speaker sounds interesting. I've been on the brink of simplifying my own life. I asked myself the other day, "what would Jesus do...if he were simply my life." It came to me that he would only have 2 changes of clothes. (I have a lot more thinking to do.) I'll check out the website.

Jane said...

Your hike looks amazing, loving those cacti which i've only ever seen in wild west films! Family time is always special. Jane x

Islandsparrow said...

I"m the same way Willow - spending time together means the most to me.

The desert is so interesting to me - I've never been there. Such interesting plants and landscape. A wonderful place to hike.

So glad you had a wonderful weekend with your dear dil!

Tracy said...

What a great and varied week, Willow! Such fun you were able to hear Scott Becker speak... I admire his blog and message very much. Love the mini garden and those stones. So lovely you had such a great time with your DIL! Wishing you a great weekend now, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

So true. The gift of one's time is the most precious gift of all!

Bethany said...

I think I would have to join you at that artists studio! Imagine... square foot gardening and art all in one place... it would feel like my home! I realize more every day how much I love spending time with family and nurturing the relationships I have.

Knitting Linguist said...

Oh, it sounds like exactly the right kind of weekend! Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Flower said...

To the weekend...Tadaaaa!!

Susanne said...

Wonderful passion and wonderful time with your daughter in law.

Kari said...

spending time with someone is the best way to express your love for them.
looks like you had a great time together.
the speaker sounds interesting!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've been to South Mountain! That is some hike!

It's nice you had a good weekend being together with your daughter-in-law. I know the weather in Phoenix is nice this time of the year. I have family in Gilbert and Mesa.

Dorothy said...

What a lovely testament to the relationship you share with your daughter-in-law!