Friday, October 31, 2014

Gratitude


~ for wild flowers still blooming, a wonderful reminder to never give up, even if the odds are stacked against you

~ for moments of stillness when I can look around and really notice how beautiful this life is


~ for warm autumn days filled with sunshine

~ for the beauty of spent flowers


~ for time, in the early morning darkness, to center and ground myself

~ for pockets of time, here and there, to feed my creative soul


~ for close encounters in the woods

~ for the slow, simple rhythm of our days

What are you most grateful for today?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It Just Keeps Giving


I have headed out to our little raspberry patch to cut back the canes a few times in the last couple of weeks, but as of yet they haven't been cut back. It seems the canes are happy to keep right on producing and ripening berries. So instead, I pick. And let me tell you there is nothing quite like fresh berries from the backyard at the end of October. So good!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Conversation with An Almost Six Year Old


Every year at Reece's birthday celebration I share a birthday story. In the story the child comes down to earth from heaven on the rainbow bridge to meet his parents. Reece has always enjoyed the story, but this year he really seemed to take it in a little deeper then in years past. It was interesting for me to watch his facial expressions as I told it, and the connection he made to the story when I said the child traveling down the rainbow bridge was named Reece.

I had an interesting conversation with Reece about the rainbow bridge, and was amazed, yet again, at the matter of factness of children.

Reece: Will I ever walk the rainbow bridge again?

Me: Yes, one day.

Reece: When?

Me: When you die.

Reece (thinking for a minute): Does everyone walk the rainbow bridge?

Me: Yes, when they are born, and when they die.

Reece: Will you?

Me: Yes. And so will daddy. We will most likely walk the rainbow bridge before you, but whoever goes first will wait for the rest of our family on the other side. (I was holding back a few tears here)

Reece: Who do you think will go first?

Me: I am not sure.

Reece: I think daddy will.

And with that I smiled, with tears in my eyes. This was our first conversation about death. There was no more to say, no need to make him understand death and the finality of it. Simple questions were asked, and simple answers given.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Morning, Noon and Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday.

Morning, 11am

 Noon, 1:30pm

Night, 6pm

 ***If you would like to play along leave your link in the comments section so I can stop by and visit.***  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrating Reece













Yesterday we celebrated six trips around the sun for my little man. Yes, six trips! I can't believe it. His actual birthday is not til next week, but my parents are heading south today for a month, so we decided to celebrate before they left.

As with previous years, we celebrated with the people who filled our home with love on the day Reece was born, my parents and Reece's God parents. We continued our tradition of meeting at a trail for a hike, and then headed back to our home for a birthday gathering and lunch. As lunch cooked, Reece was happily opening a few gifts, marveling at the wonderful gifts chosen just for him. We enjoyed our meal, and then I shared the birthday story, and memories from the last six years, while lighting the birthday ring. Dessert followed, apple crisp and ice cream, as requested by my little man.

It was a simple birthday celebration, one that fits perfectly with this slow, simple path we are trying to walk.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

43/52

"A photo of my little man, once a week, every week, in 2014"
 
Reece, my goodness, you look so grown up. I can't believe that in the next few weeks I will be a mama to a six year old, six! I have done my best to soak up every minute of those years, but, oh my, they have gone by much too quickly. I love you so much little man.

Joining Jodi for the 52 Project

Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn Light




Hands in water,
dishes being washed,
a warm glow
fills the room.
My eyes move
from sink
to window
to the sun,
setting.
The last leaves
on the trees
are dancing
in the autumn light,
catching bits
of sunshine,
as it fades
into the horizon.

I walk into a room,
each time
something new.
The light,
glimmering,
shining,
has changed.
Autumn light
is casting shadows 
never seen
before,
catching details
never noticed.

The slant of light
has changed,
it moves more freely
through the leafless
trees,
dancing upon our home
and nature,
leaving its mark,
for a moment,
before moving on.

Autumn light
you are warming,
soul filling.
You capture
little things
in your shimmer,
bringing a fresh view
for the eye
to notice.