It's been an intense 5 + months. Emotions and energy have been spread thin. I think about this space daily, but I have been unable to find the inspiration to write about the many small moments of love and light that carry us through our days.
I am hopeful. Summer is a coming. Life is settling back down. I'm drinking lots of water and trying to remember to breathe deeply. So, I have that going for me. And seriously. I (we) have a lot going for us. Everything is going to be okay.
We all go through prickly, rough patches. Thank goodness. It sure does make the wildflower meadows all the more full of an otherworldly beauty.
For the past few weeks, Bea and I have adored singing this celtic blessing:
May the longtime sun shine upon you.
All love surround you.
And the pure light within you guide your way on.
Guide your way on.
Morning time, a home full of the aroma of percolating coffee, the sunshine pouring down onto the kitchen table. I liken it to being under the perfect combination of a heavy quilt and wool blanket in January.
This was school picture day and she was my early morning location scout assistant. Hello morning sunshine, dewy grass, and sparkly five year old. I think I love you.
Last month, a dear friend gifted us a lovely set of pray flags. I love to watch them blow in the wind and I can imagine all the prayers, hopes, and good intentions flowing out into the world. They are a constant reminder for me to pause and breathe.
This week, we dyed play silks with Kool-Aid. Very fun and easy. The colors were stunning!
Remember the chicks we hatched in February? Here they are, all grown up. They should start laying in a month or so! I'm thrilled. Our four older girls are up on in age (4 years old) and have really slowed down in egg production. And yes, that's my beehive! I brough our nuc of bees home last Friday. I think everything is going okay in there. When I hived them, I was expecting the queen to be in the frames with the others, but she was in a cage. It took a couple of days and some research but I finally got her out of her cage last Monday. I checked on them yesterday and was happy to see some bee larva. We'll see.
On Fridays we drive into the big city. Lately we've been thoroughly enjoying the nature center there. Thankfully, the weather is still mostly quite pleasant. What a treat it is to spend hours outdoors, hopping from stone to stone or dangling toes and feet in flowing water. Actually, today we were chased out of the water by a six foot water snake!! Eek! Yikes! The snake's appearance did help to curate the easiest transition Bea has ever made! She made a beeline for her sandals and the exit.
On the way to and from Austin today, we listened to Sarah, Plain and Tall, Skylark, and some of Caleb's Story. We were both hooked and really enjoyed the books! Beautiful imagery and writing. I'd never read any of Patricia MacLachlan's work and was swept away into the lives of Anna and Caleb and their life on the prairie. When we got home, Bea finished listening to Caleb's Story while Byron and I spent some time catching up on the day's events.
It's dewberry season in our parts. These last 8 photos were taken at a preserve near our house. I love this place so much. It's part prairie, part orchard, part wilderness, part fresh flowing springs. And it's all parts quiet, peaceful, and enchanting!
And that, my friends, is some of what's been happening in our world.