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A year goes by so quickly. Recently, our precious little boy turned one. We have been the lucky witnesses, each day, of his zest for life, sweet innocence, silly sense of humor, and insatiable curiosity. What an adventure it has been! We celebrated our amazing son and his wild love of bananas with these cupcakes:

“Everything-free” Cupcakes

No gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts, peanuts, or soy–and surprisingly yummy.

Blessing

On this birthday, I read aloud this simple blessing, which I found in one of my books. I’d like to read it again next year and each year to follow:

Our Wish for You

May you always see beauty in the world

And hear music everyday.

May you know the touch of gentle hands

And walk the peaceful way.

May the words you speak be loving.

May laughter see you through.

May you be blessed with hope and joy–

These gifts we wish for you.

– Theresa Mary Grass

Go bananas with bliss, sweet baby!


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Autumn, welcome.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. – Langston Hughes

lantern

Japanese maple

stones

Sometime recently, the first autumn rains fell. I stepped out into the sweet tea of raindrops and felt cleansed, just a little bit. We’ve had challenges along with the immeasurable joy of seeing our precious baby grow (most of them rooted in the discovery of his tongue-tie at 8 months). But we’ve persevered, and he is healthy, happy, and thriving on mother’s milk and organic foods. This is a new season. The sky is opening, the earth is washed clean. Whatever your path this autumn, may it lead to peacefulness and wisdom.

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Plums to Hydrangeas

Since my last post, we’ve transitioned from the season of flowering plums:

flowering plum

… to brilliant roses glowing in the sun:

rose

… and hydrangeas in hues like watercolors:

hydrangeas

hydrangeas

Sleep is elusive in our new life with a baby with a million-watt smile who would rather drink in the world than close his eyes for a nap. We are on a fast-paced journey during which the seasons change from plums to hydrangeas almost before we realize it. Breathe. Luxuriate in each moment. Even on the tough days after long, sleepless nights. That’s what I keep telling myself. I want to be awake, to be present every moment of the journey.

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Our baby boy arrived two weeks early on February 7, 2009 (7 lbs., 8 oz., 19 in.). He’s beautiful, healthy, and so very adored. We’re thrilled and exhausted, as can be expected during the first few weeks of parenthood. Sometimes it’s bliss. Sometimes it’s sheer exhaustion. But we’re excited about the journey we’ve begun. We’re hoping for just enough patience and wisdom for the years ahead. That’s it for now, but I’ll be back to post more when life settled into some semblance of a routine.

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For 2009

Books

– May there be space in my life for books and poetry and art.

– May there be abundant health for the ones I love.

– May my heart expand fully to embrace our little one.

– May I become more aware of the earth, of humanity, of the spiritual.

– May my soul be at ease just enough to be able to write.

– May the richness of love and family pervade our home.

– May I be a good friend.

– May I always choose softness of heart.

– May I encounter beauty, peace, goodness, and hope in the world.

– May I be thankful each and every day.

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Winter garden,
the moon thinned to a thread,
insects singing

– Matsuo Basho

Outside:
Roses in apricot

And inside, winter fruit and poetry:
Mandarin oranges & poetry

Festive decorations:
Christmas 2008

Making more caps for babies in Haiti:
Caps for Mama-to-Mama Charity

Caps for Mama-toMama Charity

It’s that season when my heart turns inward a bit and longs for quietude and cozy evenings. I haven’t been posting regularly for that reason and because our days have simply been busy preparing for the holidays and for our baby boy’s arrival in ten weeks. I hope you’ll keep visiting despite my sporadic posts. May you have a peaceful, blissful holiday season!

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Baby Bliss

This is the beautiful reason I haven’t blogged much lately:

For Baby

We are expecting a baby boy to join our family in late February 2009!

Morning sickness, moments of anxiety, and an overwhelming need to hibernate–yes, we’ve had all of that, but through it all, there have been magical moments too. Seeing our little one’s heart beating. Seeing him flip-flop, healthy and active, on the ultrasound. First kicks. Kangaroo kicks. We’re very aware that life is not to be taken for granted, that every day is a miracle and thus a blessing. And so, we wake each morning full of gratitude and carry our joy through the bustle of everyday work, chores, and all the preparations necessary for welcoming a new member of our family. In other words, we’re nesting. More on that later!

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