Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Hello my friends! How are you? I hope you are well, and that life has been good to you. I feel like I have been gone from this space for much too long, but I am here today, to check in, say hi, and to share a little bit of the fun we had in August.
August was set aside as a month of slow and simple days. There were no grand plans, just days stretched out before us to enjoy. And enjoy we did. There were weekly trips to cottage country, we went swimming in lakes, ponds and pools, we went hiking in the woods, we spent time with friends, we enjoyed a few family movie nights, we soaked up quiet days at home, we enjoyed play dates and parties at friends homes, and we stayed up late enjoying warm summer nights, outdoor fires and star gazing. It was perfect in many ways, and has left me feeling full and happy.
This month I hosted my first women's circle with my tribe. We gathered around a fire, and opened our hearts to each other sharing and celebrating the beautiful women we are. We crafted together, created the most amazing bath salts, and enjoyed food and drinks after. It was a soul filling evening full of love, and inspiration. These circles will continue monthly, on the new moon, and I know each one will continue to strengthen our connections and help us grow, both together and individually.
The gardens, oh the gardens. They are flourishing even in drought conditions. It has been tough keeping everything watered, but I managed and the garden is providing so much. It has been hard keeping up this summer with the preserving, but the pantry shelves and freezer are slowly filling up, and for that I am so very grateful.
My family has been amazing. My parents, and my brother and his family, stepping up throughout the month to give this single mama some much needed me time to recharge and reconnect with myself. That time was a precious gift, a gift I truly appreciated, and I am grateful I can call on them when I need them.
And my little man. First of all, he isn't so little anymore. This boy of mine is growing like a weed, and changing before my eyes. He is full of life and keeps me on my toes, always my greatest teacher, he continues to teach me so much. Here and there little bits of attitude are showing up, a little stamping of the feet, and "okay" in that tone, you know the one, but we are working through it, reminding each other that love, kindness and respect are the things we cherish, and offering apologies when we treat each other in ways we shouldn't, because yes I am human too, and yes, I sometimes need to step up and say sorry. Challenges aside, we have a pretty awesome relationship, and every night before I go to bed, I check in on him, pull the covers up, brush a lock of hair from his face, and I smile, my heart full, and so very grateful to be walking this path with him.
So, my friends, tell me, how was your August?
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Your August sounds so wonderful and full of so many good things - so good to read all of it. Glad to pop in just as you were checking in! Our August has been lazy, but very sweet. xoReplyDelete
It really was lovely, and I am so happy I left the space for us to enjoy the way we did. Hope you are well my friend. I did receive your letter, but have been slow in responding, I will get to it soon...promise. xoDelete
No rush, you can't be slower than me!! :)Delete
Oh I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering how your summer is going. I am SO glad that you have family to step in and help and it sounds like you have a nice balance in your life. My sister was a single mother for many years and like you she had some family around to help. My nephew is awesome and wonderful, married now (I feel old saying that...).ReplyDelete
Anyways, here's to a fantastic fall and the winding down of a garden and some cozy nights being indoors!
You are so sweet Karen. Balance...that is always tricky, but I am finding my way. I am not sure where I would be without my family, they have been amazing!!!!Delete
Hope all is well with you, I will be around this weekend to check in on your blog.
I'm so happy to read that the end of your summer has been so filling. Yes, they do get a bit edgy as they grow. We are seeing this in our little lady as well. Not so easy, learning to navigate this world of ours.ReplyDelete
August here was busy and very soul-searching. We've been making big decisions here, making plans... it's been a big but very enlightening month.
Edgy...that's a great way to put it my friend :) Not easy for them, and not easy for us, but we will find our way.Delete
Sounds like August was very fulfilling for you, hope the decisions and plans are all fall into place.
Your August sounds exactly how summer should be :)ReplyDelete
For me, the month flew by and I now find myself hoping the fall slows down a little bit! But I think the changing season will slow us naturally and we'll be able to take some more time to savor the time.
Exactly how summer should be. I find that with the fall, it forces us to slow down, do a little prep work for winter, and switch gears to simpler days. Enjoy.Delete
Hello friend! Always good to see you here :) It sounds like you had a lovely August indeed. I love catching up and hearing about all of your days. Your circle of women sounds lovely and strength bringing. The way you talk about Reece reminds me of my Mattheus. And I'm so glad to hear that you are getting support as a single Mama. Having been raised by one, I know it is such hard work! Love to you both. xoReplyDelete
Hello there!!!! Thank you. It was lovely. The women's circle was amazing, and I feel so fortunate to have such a wonderful tribe of women to connect and explore with. It is truly amazing!Delete
We have mail here from Mattheus, and we need to get a letter out to him, we will get on that soon.
I am not sure where I would be without my family, they have been amazing, and it feels wonderful to have their support.
Love to you all. xo
Looks like you've had a wonderful August. I’ve been out of the blog world for a bit with summer busyness but it’s nice to connect. I bet that women's circle was amazing!!!! We are having a weekend soon with our Wild Women group - cannot wait! So glad you have such wonderful support and a very sweet not so little man trying to find his way! :) xxReplyDelete
Thanks Tamara, it was wonderful. Oh a weekend away with my tribe, I think that sounds just wonderful. I would love to hear more about what you guys do when you are away. Enjoy your weekend with your Wild Women.Delete
Good to hear from you. August sounds like it's been perfect for you! Your womens circle sounds beautiful. Sahalie and I do fires together that we hold sacred, how nice it would be to have others to share. And, yes, I know "that tone" and we too work through it. I try to remember this time is so short, and a roll of the eyes or whatever it may be is so tiny in the grand scheme of things. I just love her through it. And a good sense of humor really helps too!ReplyDelete
Thanks, it has been a really great month. The women's circle is truly amazing, and so very supportive and inspiring. I feel so blessed to have such amazing women in my life.Delete
Yes, you are so right, such a small part of the entire picture.
When I looked at your beautiful photos, I saw nature with the water and the trees. How restorative to be in and near water or among trees. A lovely August for you. Meg:)ReplyDelete
It was exactly what I needed this month, and I definitely got a lot of it.Delete
So glad for the update! I have missed your posts so much- your words always resonate so deeply with me!ReplyDelete
Our August was good though I am happy September has arrived. I had a really strange summer. I spent most of it feeling lost and unsure of my place in this world. Perhaps it's part of turning forty or perhaps it was just time to reflect and ponder things. Either way I am really looking forward to all that comes with moving into our autumn rhythm (even though autumn is a ways off yet)!
I wish I lived close enough to be part of your monthly women's circle. It sounds absolutely divine and so very lovely!
Enjoy the first weekend of September! xo
Aw, thanks my friend. It is good to be back here. I am still not sure how regular things will be, but I will be in this space a little bit as time permits.Delete
I am so sorry to hear about your month. It sounds like it may have been a time of reflection for you, and maybe still it. I hope the autumnal season brings a little more clarity for you, my friend.
You know I wish the same :)
Oh sweet Kim, what precious words you have shared here...so wonderful to have family that understand and love you through any circumstance :0) blessings sure do overflow don't they? ... how wonderful to read your post and see the love and peace that shines so brightly through your sentences :0) ... thank you. My August has been busy since both my sons, which I homeschooled, are now in college, and that gives me so much joy! Now, I am learning how to knit with patterns and weave my homespun...so looking forward what this new season in my life will bring :0) blessings to you Kim...ReplyDelete
Aw, thank you Mari. So nice of you to check in and comment. It sounds like you are finding your way just perfectly, and enjoying some new found passions. Enjoy this new season that is upon you. xoDelete
hello my friend, it's good to see you again here and read your sweet words ... I am happy to know you so well surrounded on all sides... xoReplyDelete
Thank you my friend. xoDelete
Hello. It has been too long since I have stopped by to read of your days. I am happy to find that you and Reece had a lovely August filled with togetherness and time for you to recharge. I hope September finds you both as equally well. I will be stopping by more often now that I have re-entered the blog world after a much needed break.ReplyDelete
So happy you are back in the blog world my friend. I seem to be dipping my toes in here and there, but can't seem to find my rhythm with it again. I am sure it will come, in time. Thanks for stopping by. xoDelete
How blessed you are to have like-minded women living so close. I love the idea of a woman's circle. So happy to hear your gardens are doing well. We don't have any this year. Next year I will have more time. Things are finally settling somewhat for us. Be well. Shine onReplyDelete
I feel so blessed to have found my tribe and to be able to gather with them in a circle monthly to explore who we are and grow, individually and together. It is pretty darn amazing.Delete
Glad to hear things are settling for you my friend. I need to stop by your space and catch up.