4.16.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Hard day, a good day.

Swimming, screaming and crying in the locker room, bought a book we’ve needed for YEARS, hiked some hills, hugged a friend, went home to unwind and knit.

Keep taking care of each other!

4.15.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

@Sam Bonds Garage Pub Savage Seeds t-shirt

@Sam Bonds Garage Pub
Savage Seeds t-shirt

Hubby says, “I’m going to party like it’s 8:39”. That’s in pm. We are feeling this Friday.

It was a good day. I got to see one of my bestest friends. I love her dearly like a sister. We’ve been through storms together and now we both have baby/toddlers at the same time. It’s been wonderful to have her back in our hometown.

Indigo had a mild day though he screamed down the Kiva, a local natural grocer. Which in our home town is a right of passage for most kids here.

We went to both of our co-op grocers too. Both hold love and care and magic for us. Thank you Lilly for the connection, always.

We visited a local artist and friend Sarah Ciampa and purchased a piece. I’m so excited to receive and gift this art to someone special in my life.

We visited another local artist and friend but it was only a drop off. We need Indigo’s amber necklace repaired and who better to do that than Maya Rabasa of Casa Rabasa?!

We had a beer and some food at Sam Bonds and ran into some sweet community members.

I’m so glad Indigo has you all to lean on and be with through it all. Growing up is hard to do!

It’s all better with friends <3

4.13-14.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

We had our monthly Fruit Booth meeting last night. It’s always great to see all the faces we spend a week with out in the woods with music and fruit and frivolity.

These meetings are people from all walks of life coming together so we strive to be respectful and compassionate towards each other. Last night was a big learning experience for me, I usually learn something about myself but last night was a summit. “Speak up!” Was my lesson! Sometimes folks don’t hear me, whether it’s a physical thing or mental block, I wasn’t heard last night and I’m responsible for that.

Take care of you so you can get on with your work!

4.12.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Indigo had his equipment clinic today where we purchased a walker for him. The one we have is on loan through our PT with the Early Intervention program here, EC Cares.

Before the equipment appointment was Indigo’s weekly OT appointment where we work on feeding in the home. Chewing and sucking are the things he struggles with. He’s getting better at it! He can now eat some crunchy foods like gold fish crackers and Cheerios.

So many changes going on around here. I can’t wait for summer when we can catch our breath.

4.11.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

This is coming in a day late. The day after our big kids leave us is always hard. Hard for our little one and hard on my mama heart.

I’m trying to do the easy things to ease back into life but life is complex with our little one so that’s not going to work out that way right now.

More to come…keep taking care of you.

4.10.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

It was a wonderful Sunday morning with friends at UUCE annual brunch service.

It’s such a warm and welcoming place for us. And I know my kids are safe, respected and even loved by many there.

I hope whatever you do on Sunday’s (or your day off, whenever that is) that you are able to build community with reverence, joy and equity for yourselves and your family. Also important, have some fun while doing it.

Happy Sunday to you all!

4.8.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

More on trauma and an intro on how art can bring you new horizons…

Knitting has not only helped me relaxe while I make things but I get to use my artistic skills with mixing and matching colours and strengthen my math and pattern skills.

Something else happened though that was unexpected, I found ravelry.com, an international community of yarn enthusiasts. Mostly knitters and crocheters but I’ve seen some woven works while perusing the pattern data base late at night.

This international community has taken me ¬†way past my skill points, expanded my knowledge base in both math and patterns and it’s introduced me to incredible artists and incredible people. Most of the time I meet people who love creating beautiful and interesting pieces of art but every once in a while I find other people who are struggling with their mental health. They lost someone they love deeply, they are recovering from surgery, they are in counseling for an abusive relationship of some kind…many of these things are found through the profiles with links to blogs and Facebook pages.

This community, although reaching across the world, is quite small. So bumping into reality happens often. When we share in this way we can start the healing and our art blooms and seeds that can spread and can help someone sow their own art and healing.

I hope you take some time to check out the beautiful pieces being made and the expressions that are shared. Maybe you’ll find some friends along the way and begin the healing?

Again and again and again…keep taking care of each other!!

4.7.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

6 hours straight of crying, screaming, signing “all done” and he passes out after our shower while I brush my hair.

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I’m digging deep in my motherly compassion as we are on day 4 of this.

Keep taking care of each other! Some people are really struggling without showing it. Others show it and don’t get the care they need. Others don’t know how to help themselves. Trauma does things to people. Keep reaching and keep replenishing that cup of compassion.