Before the cake, before the pressies, and sometimes before the coffee I dig deep and think of you for a moment.
Every year on my kids’ birthdays I listen to Pink Floyd’s “Wish you were here” (the song).
Why?Because for just a brief moment in my life, although I don’t solely think of these things for just these specific moments in time, I want to think of the families who cannot physically be with their children.
Goodness we’ve had our struggles over the years and Indigo’s first birthday will be met with all the love and attention he deserves (and more).
But this year in particular I thought it necessary to share this little window into my heart, my compassion, my parenting choices, a bit of my humanity.
So I listen and I kiss my newly one year old and I think of your babies and I send my love to them and you.
Blessings blessings blessings!

*Gratitude Sunday*

I’m joining Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude*Sunday.

Wow, this is LONG overdue. Spring is here and brings with it plenty including plenty to be grateful for. More than the average bear.
Life has been, well, challenging to say the least.

Mama Swan and Mr. Indigo.

Mama Swan and Mr. Indigo.

*Our tiny son (Mr. Indigo) was born at 37 weeks (1/31/13), with Down’s Syndrome, and various complications that lead us to a specialized children’s hospital over 100miles from home. Among other things, he had pneumonia, major intestinal surgery due to duodenal stenosis, collapsed right lung, delayed response after surgery that lead to a CT scan, blood draws and x-rays galore…so much. It brings tears to my eyes retelling just a small portion of this experience. OUR BOY LIVED! He’s happy and healthy at home now.
*The community outpouring of love and support (from kind words to financial assistance) has been phenomenal, over the top, beautiful. We are blessed by our community and extended communities.

*Our family and friends (who are family by way of love)…we couldn’t have done this without you. No amount of years and tears and gestures of grandeur can express how much you mean to us. You know who you are!

These past few months have really taught me to slow down, take notice, and give it your best. Life is short. Be thankful for what you have and do what you can to make life a little sweeter for yourself and those you share this life with.

Gratitude Sunday

Year One!

Whoa! What a year it has been?!

Hubby and I turn one year married April 12, 2012.

Among all that fills our days together, the precious things he gives me:
A Dad for my children,

But at the end of the day the thing that has been most important to me these days and the thing I’ve been asking myself these past 6ish years together:
Did I laugh today?
And w/o fail, w/o skipping a day, with him it’s been yes; EVERY SINGLE DAY we have shared laughter together.

I hope for (and will work for) another year of laughter with you and many many years ahead.

Peace, Love and Laughter!


“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E. E. Cummings

Food Swaping!

Food Swap is so fun! More fun than most things I do on a Sunday afternoon.

The finds get more and more interesting. I didn’t get any kraut this time, again, so I’m just going to have to make it myself and maybe savour some for the next Swap.

Food Swap March 2012

I brought Sunny Butters and Veggie Glycerite Tinctures for trades. I received some beautifully homemade goods. They are being reveled over in wonder and delight in our home.

Thank you friends! I hope to see you all at the next Swap!
Peace, love, and homemade wonders.