Thank You For Making Pat

“Thank you for making Pat. He is an amazing human being … and a talented musician.” – Jack & his wife

Pat Noyes in his solo performance at FIZZ Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Jack.

Pat Noyes, our 28-year-old son, is an artist. He describes his specialties as:

Music, Film, Words and Surfing.

He particularly specialzes in making surfing videos which also feature his orginal music. You can find them here:

But his songs are about much more than just surfing. They are emotional and beautiful, in a Bob Dylan meets Elton John (if he played the guitar) way.

Growing up, we always encouraged Pat and his siblings to pursue their passions. But I have to confess that I’ve questioned the wisdom of that during the last few years as Pat has put so much time and energy into these activities which don’t produce income.

But Thursday night, Pat’s solo performance at FIZZ in Chicago brought in a wonderful crowd of engaging and engaged people. Best of all, it ended with a man named Jack and his beautiful wife saying to me:

“Thank you for making Pat. He is an amazing person and a very talented musician.”

And they are right. I’m very proud of you, Pat. Apologies for my doubts.

Point of Pride

Point of Greatest Pride

My family – Nick the elder, Nick the younger ( and soon to be married), Pat, James, Skatie, John, Emma, my mother and me

How could my pride in this beautiful family be a deadly sin? This is the best part of my life!

My mom, Virginia Blankenbaker – mother of 5, highly effective state senator and strong, compassionate woman – is a fantastic role model.

Happy Boxing Day and best wishes for many returns of the day to you and your family too.

2 Weddings & a Vow

Yesterday was a two-wedding day! We attended the weddings of:

Katie Austgen & Andrew Albright (Pat’s U Michigan teammate & roommate)

Annie Stanley & Grant Hendricks (daughter of good friends and the girl that son Nick took to his Junior Prom).

Above is a drawing by the bride’s mother, the amazing Sal Stanley.

Each ceremony and celebration were crafted with love and full of connections, promise, light, creativity, privilege, joy.
My life was made much better by being included as a guest.

I vow to be a better wife, mother, friend, connector because of this too.

1 Chorinthians 13, 4 – 7.
“Love is patient; love is kind and envies noone…”