Scenes Of Summer 2017

August 27th, 2017 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback


Summer vibes.

Helloooooo! Hello hello, it’s been a long time! I hope you all had a wonderful summer, the kind that relaxes your spirit and fills your cup right up to the top. We sure did! So I thought I’d pop in, and say hi, and make a little “Pictures Of Things + Le Love List” type post, for old times sake.

First a little update: When I stepped away from blogging last spring, I did so with some very specific goals in mind. I wanted to live more completely and intentionally, to relax and remain present instead of always feeling swept along in the daily labors of my life. I wanted to spend more time with my family — real quality time. I wanted to deepen my magickal practice, and to increase my real-life activism, and to be a more involved mother. And I really wanted to focus on nourishing and deepening my friendships.

I’m so happy to say, looking back on this summer, that’s just exactly what I’ve done.

It’s working. I miss blogging and I sure do miss this space, but at least I’m getting exactly what I’d hoped to gain. So here’s what summer 2017 has looked like, at least in little bits and pieces. I’ve actually been terrible about taking pictures (a by-product of renouncing the title of “blogger”, I guess), but these are a few of my favorite moments:


On the very first weekend of summer break, I mean like, the same day that school ended, we went camping. Just Waits and I, and our best mama + little boy adventure buddies. Two mamas and two tiny dudes at the most epic campsite on a bluff overlooking the ocean.

It was the absolute perfect way to kick off the summer, with campfire hotdogs and s’mores and headlamps for starlight exploring and dewy dawns and the way your body feels after a few days in the wild . . . I love that feeling.

Beach bluff camping means long days seaside. And we love exploring new shorelines! This was the first weekend of summer vacation, but look at how his body just folds over itself. HE IS SO BIG! *cries*

I’ve never seen so much driftwood.

On our last morning there, the four of us gathered around the fire to do a little summer-setting ritual. We took wild sage that all of us had gathered together the previous fall, and we wrote our summer intentions directly on the dried leaves. Little words, big wishes. Then, we threw them into the fire and bathed in the smoke.

♥ So mote it be. ♥

And a few weeks later I graduated, finally. Did the big ceremony and the silly robes and all the pomp and circumstance. And you know what? It felt damn good.

My love.

And man oh man, this kid! My heart.

I’ve really settled into my new job at UCSB, as interim Program Manager of the Intro Bio series (it’s the largest class at the university — almost 1200 students in fall!) and anyway, this was a super fun team-building field trip to the LA Natural History Museum.


Waits and I took a trip to Portland, just the two of us. It was really special to travel together for a whole week, and even more special because it was Waits’s first time back to Portland since we’d moved away!

That’s right, 5 years later wee Waits Rebhal made his Pacific Northwestern return. IT WAS SO FUN. He reunited with so many of his little weegan pals, and it was truly a beautiful reunion (no seriously, click on that link, it’s heart-meltingly adorable), and we also got to spend some much-needed time with family.


I adore this pic. The look on my sister’s face as she hands Waits his first sparkler!

The second half of the summer seemed to mosey right along, nothing too spectacular and everything easy peasy. It was a lemon squeezy kind of summer.


Many, many evenings eating our dinner down at the beach.

Why so somber, handsome?

Adventurous days of berry-picking and wine-tasting.

And then, so suddenly it seemed, it was all coming to an end. It was the very last weekend of summer vacation, and we were camping again. With the same adventure mama and her wee adventure boy, and Jeremy too this time! A summer sandwiched neatly between two epic camping trips. It was perfect.


It was a wonderful final weekend; a respite and a chance to recharge before diving back into the chaos. Waits was starting second grade (!!!) and I was also starting a new beginning that Monday. My boss had gone on maternity leave, and I was stepping into her position for a few months.

I’m the boss, now. (sometimes I look around and wonder — how did I actually get here???)

On the final Sunday morning, the same ritual. A new set of intentions. Written in magic, inked on leaves. Our dreams for autumn . . .



And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List! I’ve been saving it on my phone all summer, adding little events as they occur . . .

Impromptu family dance parties in the kitchen. There have been quite a few of those, actually . . . // Jeremy introducing Waits to Bruce Lee. // BABIES. All my friends are on “round two” it seems (haha, oh 30s) and my nearest and dearest are pregnant or with newborns, and it’s soooo good. I keep catching baby fever (not good) but spending time with the wee ones is enough to set me straight. I’ll be wacky Aunt Say to a whole little crop of witchling children, and I’m so excited. ♥ // In that vein, I really did catch Baby Fever like whoa. And Jeremy and I did a lot of deep soul-searching, long late-night conversations that lasted weeks. But finally, we came around to the place we’ve always been: one and done. So now we’re dreaming and scheming of all the thing we’ll get to do instead, and that’s pretty dang fun as well! // After completely burning out a few years ago, rediscovering the glory of the massaged kale salad. NOM. // Waits walking around the house in his little miniature plaid boxers that Jeremy bought him, because he wanted big-boy boxers just like Jeremy. ♥ // Wine on the beach with girlfriends. Like, weekly. // Saying the words “It’s going to be tough, but it will be really good for my career” for the first time because really for the first time, *I have a legit career*. And holy shit that’s an amazing feeling. // The woman who owns my neighborhood Botánica. She always knows which candles and powders and charms I need, and she always tries to undercharge me. She is one of the kindest women I’ve ever met. // Dinners composed entirely of chips and salsa and guacamole and refried beans and margaritas. That’s pretty much my eating-out summer standard. // Feeling confident. No, I mean *really* confident. For the first time in my entire life. Feeling like I’ve finally arrived at this place I always wanted to be — where I’m strong and happy and kicking ass and having fun and doing good work and living authentically. It’s real. This place is real.


So alright guys, that does it for me, for now. Thanks for reading. I hope with all my heart that all of you have had an incredible summer. If you feel compelled to leave a Love List, I’d love to hear it!

Happy Monday, happy week, and happy impending autumn. I hope it brings you everything you wish!

  • Jen Watson

    I loved reading this, thank you for sharing :) I’ve been reading your blog for years and years, and I always love what you share. So however infrequent it becomes (although time has gone so fast I feel like it was a week ago that you said you weren’t going to blog much!!), it is appreciated. My love list is: bits of sunshine where the washing can hang out on the line in the garden, seeing seals on rocks from the train window on my commute, and significantly better mental health than i had this time last year :) Jen xx

  • Nicolle

    Thank you for sharing this beauty. : , )
    It means more than I can express. Your family is so bright and brings much hope to my life.
    May you be blessed with love, always.

  • Sarah C.

    Hey, great to see you even if it’s not to be a regular thing! And major congrats on the official graduation and job. It sounds like you’re in a great place, and that’s awesome.

    My love list: carrots, which are the only real success story of my garden this year (and man, do I have a lot of them!) // fermenting carrots in my pantry // I *almost* feel like I’m figuring out how to be, professionally, where I am now (tenured prof – it’s a strange and wonderful and busy place, with lots of unclear expectations and lots and lots of demands on my time) // my kid started 2nd grade too (at a new school!) and so far she’s loving it! // things are really good lately in my relationship with my husband–like, really, really good // a summer of camping trips and plans for fall camping // running // all my bright and wonderful students, starting our semester together.

    Much peace and love to you and your lovely family!

  • Manda

    Hey! Nice to see you pop up in my feed again. Glad things are going well for you and yours. We’re almost at winters end down here at the bottom of the world and so looking forward to spring and summer happenings.

  • Jayne (tripocket)

    It sounds like it was a wonderful summer! I am glad. I miss your blog, but if this is the result of you backing away, man do I celebrate your decision even more because you sound ridiculously pleased and content and that. is. AWESOME.

  • Olgui

    Hi Sayward! How long! It’s always a pleasure to read your posts. You are always full of life and you entrust me the desire to live to the fullest :-D

  • Erin

    I just love your updates. I totally understand the need to step away for family, for work, for school…I so understand. But I still love them. We are similar, but we are different in so many ways, but I love that. Keep on rolling…

  • Judith

    Oh hey there!
    After four months of not reading any blogs and stuff on my computer, due to no internet perception at the place I stayed at and the travels that followed, I’m sorta browsing some of my favorite blogs today and just stumbled upon your last/latest blogpost! I’m so happy for you, that your break from blogging turned out just the way you had imagined (though I also miss your blogging)! My “private internet break” was really good for me, too (I still had internet access at work, but I didn’t really use it for private things, just for the important stuff). I read a lot more books over the course of the summer and even though I missed my favorite TV-series in the beginning I was also happy to postpone binge-watching them until the darker season arrives. So, yeah… I justed wanted to say ‘hi’ and tell you how happy it made me to read how happy you are!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you Erin, reading this today made me smile. Thank you so much for sending the virtual love. ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Hi Judith! Thanks for the comment and for checking in. I’m glad to have more space in my life, but I sure do miss the blogging! Maybe someday I can find a better balance. Anyway, thanks for saying hi, and happy travels!!