Good Grief


Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught and we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It’s a very tender, nonaggressive, open-ended state of affairs. To stay with that shakiness – to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge – that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic – this is the spiritual path”

-Pema Chodron

My friend shared this quote and I love it.

This time of year is hard. Our friend Brad Peterson died at Brundage Mountain eight years ago this coming weekend. NARSID (Non-Avalanche Related Snow Immersion Death) Feelings from that time tend to resurface and well up more acutely than the rest of the year.  It also happens to be the weekend of Nate’s birthday.  Nathan, Jared’s younger brother, passed away suddenly last February. We all live with a broken heart, a rumbling stomach, and the feeling of hopelessness from time to time.  I’ll stick with the uncertainty.

I’ve been imaging life somewhere else but I also take comfort in the familiar place I am. 

Life lately…xo

Boarding a plane to Seattle!
We must be related.


Cooper is six!
Alice and Sophia goofing around.


Oh how I love to go up in a swing!


Cascade, Idaho from the truck at sunset.
Winter Carnival Parade McCall, Idaho
The parade starts right in front of our Hobin (Home + Cabin).




2 thoughts on “Good Grief

  1. Jared

    Another round of beautifully chosen photos. Thank you so much for organizing this for our family and friends to share. I know that they treasure it too.


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