Home is Family

Day two of my blogging journey.

Family is so important to me and spending time with our family is a big part of feeling at home. The warmth of knowing someone and loving them throughout your life is irreplaceable. My journey to home would not be possible without those I love so much.

Chihuly - 1Last night was a special treat. We met one of our daughters and her husband for a quick dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen before heading to the Biltmore House for the ‘Chihuly at Night’ exhibit – a lovely Father’s Day gift in which I was able to share!

We all love Zoe’s and I had my regular chicken kebobs, greek salad and rice. (I am in love with their Tsaziki sauce.)

During dinner I received a call from my precious 8 year old granddaughter and her 5 year old brother. They were so excited to tell me about a butterfly they found with a wounded wing that they rescued and brought inside to save. I could not hear well in the restaurant but I will get more of that story later today.

It warms my heart to hear their excitement about nature because sometimes they are a little afraid of it. Having grandparents who live in the mountains will cure you of that quickly!

Chihuly at Night

Chihuly - 2The Biltmore House is beautiful at anytime, but there is a certain magic in the property at night. The Chihuly glass was installed throughout the gardens and it was beautifully lit. The air was cool with a hint of fall – such a nice night to walk through the gardens and experience such beautiful works of art. Enjoying the evening with family made it even more special. 💕

Times like these are precious and fleeting. I wonder how many times I say ‘it seems like only yesterday’ when talking about our children and our grandchildren. Home is definitely where the heart is, and our heart is definitely with them!

Family is Home

Later today we will drive to Charleston, SC to pick up my husband’s mom for a visit. We enjoy having her with us. We will enjoy lazy mornings and languish over coffee and talk.

While she is here, we plan to have a day with our daughter (her granddaughter) and her family. Four generations together!

These are rare days – days I was never able to experience with my own mother, which makes them even more special and a little bittersweet.

I am blessed to have family close by. It just seems no matter where we live, we are always away from someone. As long as everyone is happy and content, then I am okay with the distance. Doesn’t make me miss them any less, though. Especially when there is a one year old little girl with pony tails who is growing up way too fast for this grandma.

Chihuly - 1 (1)“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough” 
Walt Whitman



7 thoughts on “Home is Family”

  1. Oh Maggie this was just beautiful, and made me feel wistful. My son and family were supposed to be here this weekend and had to cancel at the last minute because they are all really sick with the flu. We are all so disappointed here. Have a lovely time with your mother in law, and I am enjoying your blog so much. Keep up the good work! And yes, isn’t Chihuly gorgeous? My friend Noni went to one of his exhibits a year or two ago and loved it so much I bought her a wall calendar with his work for Christmas. I can’t imagine how gorgeous his pieces must be lit up at night…


    1. Oh, Maitri,

      I am so sorry about your son and his family. I know what a disappointment that must have been. I hope they are all feeling better and will soon be well enough to make that visit.

      Yes, the glass was beautiful! I have more Chihuly pictures I will post on Instagram later on.

      Have a good weekend dear one!


  2. Maggie,
    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful evening with us. I had never seen this before. Such joy for the eyes.
    So fun to see into each other’s live also.


    1. Lauren,
      Thank you. It was a really beautiful evening. The art is so delicate and yet so vibrant! Sharing really does bring us closer. 💕

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  3. So glad that you had a wonderful evening at Biltmore and shared time with your family. Biltmore is special all year round, that’s for sure.

    A friend and I visited during the day this week — and decided we weren’t Chihuly fans in a garden setting — we thought it more suited to built spaces as his sculptures are so dramatic.

    But a fellow in the walled garden said it was magical at night !

    Glad you saw that.


    1. Oh, Lisa, it was so beautiful at night. We used to live in St. Petersburg, and the museum was just beautiful with all the sculptures inside. His work is so vivid and delicate – it is hard not to love it in any setting. Our daughter also went to the Biltmore during the day and she loved being able to see the flowers intertwined with the sculpture. We missed much of that.


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