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!

3.26-27.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Its the end to a wonderful weekend. We had so much fun with our Treetrunk boy and getting to know his gf, such sweet kids.

Today we made Easter baskets, played bananagrams and ate French toast that papa/hubby made.

Indigo drew pictures, read books and played in his imaginary lands.

In no particular order here’s some pics from the weekend:

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“We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes habit.” -Audre Lorde

Keep taking care of each other!

3.21-24.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

I guess we went on “vacation”. Our oldest arrived home sick and then we all got sick so hubby and I were taking turns taking care of everyone. Thankfully we are starting to feel better and have been getting some things done.

Picture by Jen Moss of Nizhoni Jewlery https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nizhonjewelry

Picture by Jen Moss of Nizhoni Jewlery https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nizhonjewelry

Phife Dawg RIP

Phife Dawg RIP

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Picture by La Abeja Herbs

Picture by La Abeja Herbs

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2.12.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Humbled…

I just scheduled three appointments and am now blogging about it all from my cell phone while we road trip to get my oldest Mr. Treetrunk for the weekend.

I’m thinking of all the trailblazer parents and caregivers who did this without technology. Thank you!

Let’s keep advocating and taking care of each other.

TGIF!

Opening of the Parks and Entering Into You

Hurry hurry, busy busy, rush rush. These are most of our days for most of our years. Please pluck me out of it all for just a few and land me near the trees and the rivers.
We’ll cross some bridges and blaze some trails. We’ll smell the warm air and hear the creek. Following until we meet the river where the old growth sings, where an old dog greets us later to be greeted by his old man companion.
We get advice exchanging smiles in the sun.
We’ll skip some rocks and we’ll find the perfect walking stick (then leave it behind). We’ll capture brief moments and pick some flowers.
You are slowly slipping away from us and entering into your own. This is your last Spring as a child and soon to be your last childhood Summer. You will have more significant times than this, that is true, but Dad and I will savour this one. Sip from it when we need to, the memories of you so young.

Sweet Creek Falls

Sweet Creek Falls

No Shopping Week

Below is a post that I never got around to finishing due to issues with our web site last week.
I’m happy to say that we made it through our week of no grocery shopping and that we could have made it another week with no problems. I’m so glad that we made the choice we did, to do something out of the ordinary, taking a risk and finding our balance again.
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This is likely to not work for my family as we usually shop for our food weekly but we will see how it goes.
We indulged last night as one of our favourite (highly over priced) restaurants is going out of business this weekend. It was a sad night for sure as we enjoyed our last meal with them. Our server teared up, the people around us were acting like jerks, but we maintained calm and respect for the place our Treetrunk boy had come to love and expect as a once or twice a year treat (typically at graduation time and another random celebratory day/night).
1017031957_LastNightatRingofFireWe had our crispy calamari with plum sauce, we all got fancy drinks, we ate pad thai and drunken noodles. The spicy yummy goodness was enjoyed by all.
Tonight we play it down with a 4 bean, wild rice, turkey chili.
Tomorrow we will make pizza pizza pizza.
Sunday will be cornbread and chicken hotdogs.
Then I’ll have to really start scrapping the pantry and freezer for the rest of the week. I’m sure there will be at least two of my infamous “breakfast for dinner” nights.
Yesterday Treetrunk and I found that a potato had seeded in the yard debris bin so we will utilize those to make Latkes.
Hmmm, there are so many options when you really start looking.
I have plenty of seeds and nuts I can sprout. I’ll start with buckwheat groats and sunflower seeds.
It’ll be a great week for experimenting!
The silver lining here is that we are blessed with food in our home and community. If I really need to I can go to the local grocery store and buy discounted produce. If I need some extra protein I can cook up the chicken liver and hearts I have stashed in the freezer. We will be ok. Sadly I cannot say that about all families this week. We will be thinking of them as we enjoy our bounty.
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We never made our pizza, corn bread or Latkes. We were out of eggs and I really wanted to stick to my “No Shopping Week” commitment.
The word “Perspective” was used a lot last week. Because we didn’t buy any groceries we were able to donate a little gas money to a friend so she could get her son to important appointments and we were able to donate a little towards a friends La Leche League volunteering dues.
Not only did we eat wholesomely and without struggle we also managed two dinners for another family who welcomed a new baby into the family where the mother is slowly recovering from a C-section. There had been some complications with the surgery site and they needed just this little extra help.
I’m so grateful for this wonderful place we live in where people take care of each other and the where the earth is abundant in rich soil and healthy foods.
We are truly blessed!
Love,
Nico and Family