Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Grateful List

2010 is half over. Crazy! July is only hours away. This seems like a good time to check in with my heart and give a little thanks.

Today I am thankful for:

1. My new Danskos - stone distressed leather, multi-seasonal, love them!

2. Midwives. I am so grateful for my association with Briana that goes way beyond our catching baby moments. Also, Midwife Melissa and our shared vision that will strengthen the midwife net in our community.

3. Minnie Mouse's eyelashes - check them out! I got to see them up close.

4. Caring for Lindsay as she grows Baby Boy #3. I'm sure that The Club of Mother Midwife/Daughter Clients is quite small. I'm honored to be a part of it. I just wish she would let me name him!

5. Donovan. He's still singing. Gina and I spent some good time yesterday singing along to his youtube stuff. It was dreamy. He is still the same, we are still the same.
Isle of Islay, There is a Mountain, Atlantis (I know every word, still), Sunshine Superman
~Sunshine came softly through my window today. . .
. . .'cause I've made my mind up you're going to be mine!
I have to say it's been a great half year. I'm looking forward to Part 2.
p.s. I think Gina and I are going to make a youtube video. We're really good at California Dreamin'. Maybe we'll twirl batons too!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

strawberry moon

light bringing
yes, so amazing ~

thank you beautiful moon just for being

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Monday, June 21, 2010

Clubman Rocks!

A puzzle, hmmm. . .

We can do anything, me 'n Li'l Red!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I've been on the receiving end of some random acts of love.
I am grateful.
A few weeks ago, I found this vase on my door step.
Inside was a note that said "a blessing for your office".
I don't know who left it, but I felt the love.
It is blessing my office and reminding me that love matters.

Last week, I found this pretty little love bouquet on my porch.
It was left by one of my Summer of Baby Love sweeties, Daisy and her mama, Marilyn.
Thank you ladies so much. I'm sorry to have missed you but so happy for this gift.
I am remembering and loving the memory.

Thank you Lord for sending these instruments of thy peace to my doorstep.
They made a difference, made me smile.


what's so amazing
that keeps us stargazing. . .

I love Amy. She's a good dreamer. She gets my dreams, holds them carefully as her own. I get her dreams and believe they will come true. We have our dad to thank for the dreamer gene. What a gift! Thanks Dad! Some dreams are cherished, held tightly, never let go of. They can make all the difference. This I know.

Amy was here a few days ago. Our time together is always spontaneous, always good. Even when it goes off track, it is good. Even better off track. We get lost - a lot. We just say, "Oops, another adventure."

This day went like this:
Amy: If I had a house near Liberty Park. . .
Me: Wait up, wait up, wait up (said in my best Michael Franti voice), don't say it. Let's each make list of how it would be if we had little houses in the city.

So we made lists. They had to be contained on these little squares of papers. We filled the front, agreed that we could use the back too.

Amy's list
A house near Liberty park with a little patio, and I would brew my own tea in the sun . . .in a glass jar.
my kitchen would be old, but cool - with lots of windows and light - and an old kitchen aid mixer and a coffee press, and fresh flowers, and IG playing
and a pedestal, old school bath tub, with a stained glass window
and lots of pictures and posters of Neil Young.
and a cool pillow - a big one from Sundance in the middle of my front room.
Incense and sandalwood candles - a pretty shelf in bathroom for lit candles.
an Anthropologie cookie jar - always full.
closet with lots of skirts and Frye boots.
a garden. . .and lots of tomatoes
- and early mornings

My list
If I had a house near Liberty park
I would have old muslin curtains for closet doors
I would have a compost pile
I would have lots of colorful napkins, no paper towels
I'd have some old chairs with flowered print cushions on the front porch
There would be peace flags on the porch
The back patio would have strings of white Christmas lights year round
Kitchen has an old electric AM/FM radio
a couple of acoustic guitars in the living room
some harmonicas in the window sill
a War Is Not Healthy For Children poster in the window
a jar on the porch for sun tea, my own fruity blend
fire pit in backyard
old garden hose with a little sprinkler
a couple of rosebushes
a hammock between some trees
dandelion bouquets in mason jars
- and night skies


Once upon a time in The Magic Kingdom. . .

... lived a Princess Pretzel,
in the Candy Castle,
with her coachman
and her fairy godmother

when you wish upon a star
your dreams come true

I believe

just home from the beach

The sea does not reward those who are
too anxious,
too greedy,
or too impatient.
One should lie
choiceless as a beach
- waiting for a gift from the sea ~
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baby Mine

Tonight is Birth Class. As I go about my day. there will be an awareness of the sacred honor that is mine to serve as a guide. Tonight's class will be devoted to strengthening the bonds with the soon to be born babies. Three baby boys and one baby girl. . .
It's easy to forget that this is really about them, the brave spirits that are coming here through the bodies of strong women. Just for tonight, we will set aside the talk of dilation and coping skills. We will simply breathe deep, pause and give thanks for this amazing experience of carrying and receiving new life.

Monday, June 7, 2010

. . .I am the wayfarer

The Birthing House

Sunday afternoon

The great swirls of light are lingering as the new family babymoons downstairs.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Free to Be

There's a magical time in a child's life, a very brief spot when
E's can have as many legs as they want. When I see it for the first time, it's like seeing a rainbow or a four leaf clover. This is what Pretzel made for Jade today.
Oh, happy day!
I hope Pres has an extended season of "no rules".
Maybe I will change my constrained way of making E's.
One should examine life and evaluate just what rules matter and which ones beg to be freed.