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“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”
― George Augustus MooreThe Brook Kerith

southern Indiana
Aunt Lee’s barn

“Home is where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
― Lois McMaster BujoldThe Vor Game

americana
the diner

“I think what you notice most when you haven’t been home in a while is how much the trees have grown around your memories.”
― Mitch AlbomFor One More Day

americana
manners count

“Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.”
― Wallace StegnerAngle of Repose

farms iin America
I couldn’t understand what he was saying to me!

“I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”
― Maya AngelouLetter to My Daughter

american vacation
South Haven, Michigan

“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.”
― William Faulkner

laura's vacation
South Haven pier

“I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.”
― Lauren Myracle

kite flying
Elli flies a kite in South Haven

“In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist.”
― Ari BerkDeath Watch

american vacation
South Haven, beach

“The heartland lies where the heart longs to be. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to find the true place to plant it.”
― Vera NazarianThe Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

trip to America
visiting great friends

“Where we love is home,
Home that the feet may leave,
but not our hearts.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes

American vacation
American Laura

“I knew then that I wanted to go home, but I had no home to go to–and that is what adventures are all about.”
― Trina Schart HymanSelf Portrait, Trina Schart Hyman

vacation in America
Going Home

Thank you for flying Burch Airlines

Flying to Chicago

We’re off to Chicago! It’s been two years since we’ve been home and we’re all looking forward to discovering all the new “stuff” there is in America. The girls kept asking me (several weeks before the trip and also as we made our way through the airport), “Mama, are you excited yet?” I kept telling them no, not yet, not until there is a big burrito and a margarita sitting in front of me. You really can’t get Mexican food in Israel and it’s my favorite. We’re staying at the girls’ godparents house in Northbrook, IL  and taking several small trips outside of Illinois. I’ve got my camera out and I’m searching for things to inspire me. We’re always so delighted when we are reminded how friendly and helpful midwesterners are, it’s such a pleasant change from Israel. I’m going to the NIADA doll conference in downtown Chicago tomorrow. I’m pretty excited because I’ve never been to a doll show before and I know that the work of the participants, teachers and  lecturers is of the highest quality. I want to learn something new.

white needle felted airplane

Before I left Israel I finished quite a few pieces. This little airplane was one of the needle felted toys that I made with little boys in mind. Customers of my store and mothers in my felting classes always tell me that it’s much harder to find cute things for boys, so I started to think about toys that I could felt for boys that you don’t often see. One of the things that I came up with was this easy to make, needle felted airplane. For the main photo of this blog post I painted a backdrop of clouds and photographed the airplane against it. Stay tuned for more NIADA doll conference details….