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Hello, my dear friends, hello. I hope you are so well. I have few words lately, watching with worry as Hurricane Irma plows through the ocean on its way toward the southeastern United States while we in the west deal with the devastation wreaked by thousands of acres of forest burning in more wildfires than I can count, including the Eagle Creek fire burning in the Columbia River Gorge, close to Portland.

(That, by the way, is the moon in a very smoky sky, in case you've never seen the moon in a smoky sky before. It actually seemed even more red than it appears above.)

This fire is hard to talk about. I extend my endless gratitude to the men and women working tirelessly to fight these fires. The gorge is so dear to my heart, and to the hearts of everyone here and almost anyone who has ever visited it, however briefly. I have cried about it this week. I have blogged about the area many times and I will write about how I feel about it again, but not today. The pictures above are from a morning hike we took almost a week ago on Powell Butte, when the skies around the area were only just starting to fill with smoke. (Powell Butte's not in the gorge, but it's another nearby place dear to me. You can see how unbearably dry it is here. Eighty days, or something close to that, without measureable rain.) Today I'm glued to the TV watching images of the storm devastation in the Caribbean, which literally defies belief, and hoping that all of the people in south Florida who haven't yet evacuated (please, please, please) do evacuate. Today I want to pick up Amelia from preschool and take her to the cool, clean library, where we can sit and snuggle and read books all afternoon, and have tea and juice and treats at the cafe next door, and forget about the ravages of the world for just a little while during this, her thrilling, wonderful, truly delightful first-ever week back to school. And here she was, my sweet darling, in her new dress (it's McCall's #7590 from 1980; I made a blouse, too, but it was 100 degrees so she didn't wear it) on Tuesday, her first day. She came home supercharged, with a new, more mature voice (!), a totally new spring in her step, and her big, bright, beautiful eyes sparkling with excitement. And it is so exciting to be the big kid at school. We've talked all week about how she is helping all of the "little" kids at preschool, and how she is "showing them around." She was thrilled and proud when the teacher asked her and Dalia to show the little kids how they "stack the story stools" and she told me about it several times. And so, this joy, it salves my aching, anxious heart.

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Oh, these days. To my friends in Florida, including my best friend's parents and her in-laws, we are thinking of you and praying for your safety. To those in the Caribbean who have already been affected by Irma, and to those in Mexico who have been hit by the earthquake there last night, my gosh, you are in my prayers. What in the world is going on, honestly. I wish you all peace, health, and safety, dear friends. Let's stick together. Be careful, and be well.

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Luanne Graham says: September 10, 2017 at 07:40 PM

Your pictures are always fabulous, but the picture of Amelia standing on the porch ready for school is your best yet. She has grown into such a beautiful young lady. I know you and Andy are proud...and rightly so. Thank you so much for you blog. It is an oasis in an otherwise mad, mad world. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.

I have not read your blog for a long while and just want to express my thrill at seeing your girl getting so big! She's adorable, of course. You've done a great job. And your photos are gorgeous as usual.

Hi Alicia. Amelia is such a growing and blooming girl. How lucky you all are. We must all take refuge somewhere and a library filled with transporting books seems like a good place. All the best to you and yours.

Cute pictures of Amelia. God is in control. He sends the sun and the rain, the storms and the calm. His people need not fear.

Georgia Inskeep says: September 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

We live in North Carolina and we have a niece in Tampa, Florida. She left Florida at lunch on Friday and she got to us around 5 am the next morning. Traffic was horrible, especially around Savannah, Georgia. Tampa has damage, not as bad as expected. She heard from lots of friends this morning and they stayed and are fine. She also heard from her boss and he's already asking when she will be back to work... Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
I so love your little family. Amelia is a darling little lady.

Our island had mandatory evacuations on Friday and life has been crazy waiting for Irma to come and go. I've been looking forward to this quiet moment when I can check in at my favorite places. It is wonderful to see everyday life going on. A breath of fresh air amid nonstop news of chaos and destruction. I always look forward to your posts, but this week it is even more treasured. Thank you for sharing, always.

Dear Alicia, I have been reading your blog for several years now. I have enjoyed the glimpse into someone's life on the opposite side of the country from me. I read your post a few months ago , I believe after the shooting in England, where you were asking people where they found hope in times like these. I have been thinking about that ever since, trying to formulate into words the hope I have. I came across this short video today at thestoryfilm.com that explains it. It's about 5 min long. I hope this helps you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. Warmest regards, Anne

Oh! I can't get over how cute she looks in this picture!! Everything is so perfect and cute! Love that dress, those super cute sandals, her shiny hair, she sure is growing up!

Your girl! This one is deeply loved.

By all means, have some pie! Sounds like you deserve it after accomplishing all that you have. You may have inspired me to tackle my own linen closet which is in crazy disarray. Order and a sweet lavender sounds lovely!

I was so sad to read about the fire on your Instagram. We visited Multnomah on our holiday and it was one of my most favourite places. I adore that photo of Amelia, she exudes confidence. So glad she is enjoying school.

Anne Riepma says: September 21, 2017 at 09:01 AM

I live in south Florida and we evacuated and went to Alabama for 4 nights. We were very lucky to come home to an undamaged house and electricity. There are loads of vegetation debris everywhere, but we aren't complaining. Thank you for thinking of us here on the opposite corner of the US - these last few weeks have been SO stressful. I came to catch up on your blog with lovely photos this morning. Amelia is darling! As always. And I love seeing Clover too. We keep on.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.