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Undiminished Beauty

Undiminished Beauty

When I think about my litter sister Maureen Lovell (Frey), I am moved by her beauty. She was of course, beautiful, but not only in the way it is often defined. She was beautiful because she shared her undiminished light with everyone who knew her.

On October 8th, Moni, as she was known to friends and family, passed away after a long illness. She struggled with Lymphedema and infections that ultimately led to Sepsis and eventually took her life. It was a condition that caused her intense pain and eventually the loss of mobility and self-care but never her spirit nor her undiminished love of life.

Today, I want to celebrate her life, loves and the talent that she shared with the world. She was an artist whose work was whimsical and intricately detailed. She loved her husband, sons, grandchildren, six sisters and their families. She loved God and carried that faith with her always. She was an amateur radio operator who served her community. She cared for others throughout her life and in her work as a healthcare provider. But she was so much more. Below are a few the things she gave us in her 61 beautiful years.

If you would like to learn more about her work and legacy, please follow the links below. Your comments are welcome here. Thanks for helping me celebrate her beautiful and undiminished light.

Maureen’s Own Creations

Hello Again!

I have been on a bit of a journey for the past six months. It’s been exciting, tiring and more challenging than I ever expected. It all started with my retirement. My husband and I decided to give up our apartment and move into an RV. Our hopes turned out to be bigger then our budget and we had to find a way to continue with our plans, only in a new way.

During this time, I started on a new career path and took on a new challenge. All this led to my long absence from writing, which I have really missed. So, here I am again, starting over. For those of you who have stayed with me through all these changes, thank you! I am blessed by your support and friendship.

Look for new pictures, a new format and a new web address later this week. I would love to hear your ideas and suggestions as this page goes through the changes necessary to facilitate my writing goals. This should be fun!

Retire to the PHILIPPINES?

Hello again! I have a dear friend and coworker who wants my husband and me to retire to the Philippines. She has a beautiful farm there, thick with trees. It looks amazing. We could help her with her farm, my husband would cook for us and we could visit the river and nearby beaches. It all sounds amazing. My oldest son says it would be the perfect place for me because I would be near so many places I want to visit.

I have linked another travel video for you below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

If you could retire, where would you like to go? Will you please share with me some of the places you’d like to see? I would gladly help you with your research!

New Zealand

Amoung the many things on my current bucket list is to visit New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds and the beaches of the South Island. I want to spend some time soaking in the serenity and scenic beauty that are such an intrinsic part of the culture of this country.

Although New Zealand has primarily a Western Culture, it is richly diverse and filled with the history of the Maori people. Because of its intrinsic beauty and its diverse people, I am seriously thinking about retiring to New Zealand.

It’s truly possible to start your day high in the mountains, tour the wine country and end your day on a coastal beach. Or if you prefer, take a long hike or bike ride and then stop for a delicious dinner followed by taking time out to enjoy an unparalleled view of the stars.

Be sure to check out the video link on this page for a taste of what this dream is all about. Enjoy!

Our Journey Begins

Greetings! My name is Sheri. I am an amateur photographer, an artist and an armchair adventurer. Although I’ve traveled for years, in 2010, I decided to go out and see the world, one beautiful place at a time. I started with a solo journey to the Shasta Lake area of Northern California (I live in Oregon). Then, I followed it with another solo trip to Camino Island, Washington.

I grew up in Denver, Colorado and saw the ocean for the first time when I was 25 years old and for the past 38 years, I’ve dreamed of traveling to an island paradise. Two years ago, on my 61st birthday, I received a musical video card filled with images of New Zealand’s South Island, I was hooked!

Last summer (2018), my husband and I were in Denver visiting our family and friends when we began talking about how to travel full-time. From that simple conversation, we have developed a template for how to make that our reality. In June, I will retire from work and graduate the week after. In July, we will purchase a 30′ motor home and then in March (2020), we move into it as full-time travelers. I plan to share my experiences and through photos, those beautiful places we often dream about. I hope you’ll join us on our journey!