As most of you already know, I recently spent two amazing weeks in Thailand. While there, I had a chance to explore the Northern region of Chiang Mai, which is where my biological mother has lived all of her life (as did generations before her.) This scene is from behind my mother’s house, located in the gorgeously green Mae Rim district. The mist and mountains are nothing short of magical.
Down the road from my mother’s house there’s a small village of rustic huts…
…with elephants in the yard.
Also down the road from my mother’s house is the Mae Sa Waterfall. Here’s a photo of my mother and I walking together through the rainforest towards the falls. It was a rainy day but we were feeling sunny on the inside…just to be together like this.
The Northern countryside is amazing with the mountains and the fertile ground…
…so rich is the soil that the rice grows like weeds.
And the water is just as abundant and life-giving. It is like a mirror for the sky…the trees…and all the makings of life.
Everything about this peaceful place takes my breath away.
Before leaving for this trip, I had a feeling that there was a great adventure ahead, but I had no idea that it was going to be quite so significant.
And speaking of adventures, Stampington Publications has just come out with a brand new magazine. The photography within the pages of Bella Grace (which is more like a book) are elegant yet deeply honest and the stories inside are just as rich and full.
This magazine is “devoted to discovering magic in the ordinary” or as the subtitle reads, it’s about capturing the idea that “Life’s a Beautiful Adventure”. To celebrate this wonderful publication, Stampington is doing a blog hop.
As a participant of this blog hop, I’m offering a free copy of Bella Grace as a giveaway. For a chance to win, simply leave a comment to this post by Saturday, September 6th, and I’ll put your name in the hat. Then I’ll be back the next day to announce the random winner.
In addition to the magazine, I thought I’d add a little something from my own stash of goodies to the giveaway. I picked up this pile of locally made antique hand-stitched trim while in Chiang Mai. I love the well-worn look and have a feeling that many of you would too. So, for this giveaway, I’ll be cutting off the ends of some of the pieces to share. The winner will receive both a copy of Bella Grace as well as some of this trim.
Now that summer has come to a close, I wish you all a fun-filled fall full of adventures.