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I'm Denise and mama to two little wonders. I created this space to remind me to be more present as we move through the dance of our days. . .keeping my eyes, ears, and heart open to the joy and magic in each moment. Feel free to comment, I'd love to hear from you! All questions are answered in the comments section of each post.

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Friday
May272011

The lessons of a floating dandelion

Sometimes (often) it's hard work getting myself and 2 kiddos out the door. Invariably at some point, someone gets hungry/thirsty/needs to the bathroom/can't find my shoes. . .you get the point. But once we hit the road it is always worth it. The hurriedness and anxiety of departure melt away and we all roll into the play-filled and content awareness of field trip/adventure mode. This particular morning led us to one of our favorite county parks, just 10 miles or so from home. I filled one last bucket of wild ramps to bring home and freeze and then we romped and played away the rest of the morning, having the entire place to ourselves. For one long spell I sat in the shade on a wooden bridge knitting while Cedar and Amara stripped down and explored the tiny cool stream below. And as always, when I finally really and truly pause with an open heart and present eyes, I find myself at the feet of my teachers once again. Mud between their toes, searching for minnows, and watching the plump golden heads of dandelions bob and wind their way down the fairy rapids of this trickling creek. . .
Thank you for showing me the way today and everyday.

Tuesday
May242011

Why I love this man

Do I even need to say more??  When it comes to being a Papa, this man rocks it like it's nobody's business. There are three very lucky souls in our house.

 

Wednesday
May182011

My secret nettle patch

For the past month or so I have been escaping to a nearby park to harvest wild nettles. Climbing over the fence. Ducking beneath the tangle of branches. Skirting along a stream alive with spring warblers and abundant beaver activity. And with gloved hands filling bags of new nettle growth. And perhaps best of all nettle season fell right when I was getting itchy to start getting comfortable on my new motorcycle. Yes, leather jacket and all, I've been hitting the open road to harvest stinging nettles! So far I've dehydrated a bunch for use in tea and stews. I've also made a ton of nettle-ramp "pesto" for the freezer (simply blanched nettles, wild ramps, olive oil, and a little salt). The harvesting and putting by of food has begun! 
 

Thursday
Apr282011

An ordinary moment 

There are so many things I love about this image:

  • the two of them huddled up on the counter together
  • the one bare foot and one stocking foot with a single toe poking through 
  • amara wearing the first knit I made for cedar way back when
  • cedar wearing the latest knit and the adorable fact that it's on backwards
  • the gorgeous view behind them
  • and the fact that we make popcorn multiple times a week and it still holds such a mystical spell on them 

May your ordinary moments be as beautiful and sweet and pure.

Wednesday
Apr272011

Felt Easter eggs!

After a girlfriend of mine ditched her plastic Easter eggs for some homemade felt ones I just had to do the same. They were wonderfully easy and I am so happy with how they turned out! Amara still got to look for some gigantic plastic ones, but I imagine that next year she'll be able to keep up with her big brother more and those will go the wayside too. 
Here's to a more handmade home each season!