October 27, 2010
Out behind our land, this tree fell down during a large windstorm.
Eight years ago, Isabella and I deemed it the 'fairy tree' because we ventured back to visit it often, leaving tiny gifts of berries, freshly-baked muffin, pancake, little notes and crafts in a hollow for its tiny inhabitants. We did this for many years, and recited a home-made fairy rhyme (which I sadly cannot remember anymore) each time we left a fairy gift. One day, we discovered a tiny, perfect jawbone (perhaps from a chipmunk or mouse) in the hollow. A gift for us! From the fairies! Isabella was delighted and I was very much honoured (:
My sadness was great upon seeing that this great tree of magic had been felled by the winds. I take it as a significant message..Of what, I do not know yet. But when we inspected it in its new resting place, all throughout the broken limbs and sticks, mushrooms were growing! Not one of them had been damaged by the fall. If you know anything about mushrooms, you know that there are fairies where there are mushrooms. Life is so beautiful, don't you think?
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October 12, 2010
Thanksgiving weekend was lovely. The weather was warm and sunny and even the evenings were not so freezing as they can be in October. We enjoyed a large, beautiful dinner which my Mom worked on preparing over the course of Friday night and most of Saturday (: Jude was great throughout the meal, sitting nicely in his high chair, throwing bits of corn and bread quietly onto the floor, pretending to eat the napkin and finally enjoying a popsicle..After eating both dinner and dessert (pumpkin pie, of course!) we headed outside to enjoy a cozy campfire. To sit outside when the air is cool and have your face warmed by the fire, is there anything more lovely? We roasted marshmallows too.
Sunday was spend predominantly out-of-doors. Jude loves the wild places in a way that truly amazes me. We were literally outside for hours upon hours. He putters about exploring the grass, trees, leaves, rocks..He digs in the mud, He walks and giggles and points out the falling leaves, airplanes and clouds. Jude is a remarkable little soul (: Just this past Saturday evening as we were stoking the fire, Jude took notice of the moon. He exclaimed over and over in his little squeaky voice, "Dah! Dah! Dah! Dah!" while pointing at the moon and begging us to take him closer to it. So cute. He thought if we kept making our way towards it, we'd eventually be able to touch it. Isn't that beautiful? I love the minds of little ones. I wish I could exist in that place of being truly present, innocent and believing all the time (:
October 9, 2010
It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. The last four years I was unable to share the holiday with my family, being so very far away in sunny California. I am grateful, more than anything, for our shared moments now. I am also immensely grateful for the laughter of my children which is so beautiful that it brings tears to my eyes, for the wild, leaf-smelling wind that blows around our home, for all of our sweet pets and their unconditional love and acceptance, for hot tea, belly-laughs, sunsets, campfires, velvety horse noses, snowmen, butter tarts and hugs. There are so many things to be grateful for. Honestly, I could sit and type away all night,, My heart sings of its gratitude ~ just to be alive and present in this beauitful world is such a gift.
I love this video. Very simple, beautiful and profound. Perfect for a day that is today (:
October 8, 2010
October 6, 2010
This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving celebration. In my life, I have so much to be thankful for! I am nearly bursting with gratitude for the beauty and love around me. I am one immensely lucky girl.
As I write this, 15-month old Jude is sleeping on my lap as I rock him to sleep for the night. Once he's settled I will put on the baby monitor and tiptoe out to the kitchen to make a cup of warm, cozy tea. I'll tuck Isabella in, throw in a load of laundry, and then work a bit on my newest batch of plush gnomes (: See? A beautiful life. So much to be thankful for (: