Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Here we are again as another year reaches its end. This month has had some lovely quiet moments and some hectic ones. Tensions that flow with the cycles of life and death that the earth clearly wants us to embrace at this time of year. And yet we find it so hard to embrace them....
Tonight will be a thoughtful one for me. I plan to think, evaluate and count my blessings. There are not many words today. Happy New Year.
Monday, December 30, 2013
What a stunning month November was this year. The thing about my birth month is that most people find it wet, cold and depressing. Which I try not to take personally really. I mean, there is little I can do to redeem it for anyone...it is what it is. Except when it is not. Like this year when it was sunny almost every afternoon and that sun streams down like a gift to those of us that are usually huddling under umbrellas and feeling pale and gloomy by mid month. The above photo is of two bald eagles on the edge of the Harrison river. This was their moment to feed on the salmon as they return to lay their eggs and die in the process. Such a fascinating life cycle and such a delicate balance that we were privileged to witness this year.
On the right in the above photo lies the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa where we luxuriated in the healing waters for a lovely weekend. It was the highlight of the month for me. So relaxing after a busy month of soccer games, gatherings, school, cleaning...you get the picture. A mini vacation it was and a grateful person am I.
And just cause I want to share a lovely poem I found about November that gives it a nice sentiment rather than the gloomy one that is often associated with the 11th month.
and November goes,
with the last red berries
and the first white snows.
with night coming early,
and dawn coming late,
and ice in a bucket,
and frost by the gate.
the fires burn
and the kettles sing,
and earth sinks to rest
until next spring.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The next year we had two little ones and one on the way (actually only a month out). Several years and subsequent visits later we brought the littlest one who decided to sample the dirt during his first pumpkin photo shoot. And this October these pictures were taken of four rapidly growing boys. In various stages of becoming men.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Kyan likes school. He does well with the schedule and while he is more tired as seasoned parents always say happens that first year, he takes it all in stride. The transformation has been positive. I see his confidence growing, his ability to adapt is better and his learning capacity is impressive. We have yet to get a report card, but I don't feel I need to read it to understand how he's doing.
What I see and what he exhibits is very promising for a school experience that enriches him. But as with everything we'll just take it one day at a time.