It is early Wednesday morning, the day before Thanksgiving, and Maggie is on my lap while I write to you. The sun is still asleep but when it rises I will go check on Papa Goose and all on the lake before I proceed with grocery shopping and sweet potato casserole and pumpkin bundt cake making. This is my favorite time of the day. The hope to come in the morning bird's song and the brand new day's dawn is so beautiful to me. I cherish these gifts so much.
Well, I have been busy painting and Christmas card making. I've also been working on my photography site. And cooler air has finally made its way here and that has been so refreshing! The swan couples are swooning and no matter how many times I see them do so, it is always a breathtaking sight. We have a few ducklings making their way in life, a few steps at a time, and sometimes that is the SUM of their life. Precious precious beings. Tiny, sweet souls who teach what is really important to giant human souls with each and every peep.
In this season of thanksgiving, I wanted to thank you for your presence in my life. You are always in my heart and I am so appreciative for all that you are and all that you have given me! I pray that each of you know how much you are loved in this world. And how much you are needed. You are beautiful.
And just like that, it is November. It is unreal, isn't it? With each passing day, I want to inhale the seconds deeper and deeper. So fast our world spins - so very very fast.
I have been cleaning closets and my office and enjoying some fall nesting in Daisy Cottage. I painted one of Papa Goose's feathers yesterday - I hope to get back into the painting groove soon! I have also had several family photo shoots in the past few weeks, including one of Shannon and her family. Baby number two is due in March, as you all know, and Summer Lynn can't wait to meet her sister, but of course! I love how she loves her already. We took these photos at a local ranch and the light was beautiful. :-) The horse came across the pasture strictly to see Summie. And the way they talked to each other made my heart overflow. She is truly an animal whisperer.
I spent this first morning in November at the lake and discovered that we have four baby ducklings! I will forever adore spending time with these precious beings .... so grateful to be able to and so VERY grateful for our special goose and his angel soul. While it is always so hard to walk away from the babies, it is easier to do when I see that Papa Goose is there.
And as our world spins I am so thankful for you. Thank you for being here and for your unconditional love. Not a day goes by that I am not blessed by you.
So hello November. May I embrace the gifts you bring.
Through the failures. Through the flaws. You'll realize.
That even as fragile as you are.
You're still unbreakable."
I don't know who wrote the beautiful message above, but I loved it when I saw it on Instagram. It went straight to my soul. As a woman, and as a human being, of course I could relate. Been there. Done that. And have lived to know. I am sure that I will fail again and again. And flaws? Hello! I am so very flawed. But I am finally at a point where I am able to forgive myself for my trespasses against others and myself - if that makes sense! Why are we always so hard on ourselves? I don't know, but we are. And it needs to stop, don't you think? We have to love ourselves ENOUGH to move on... to move on in life and to have joy. Life can be so hard and that is not a cliche but a fact. None of us escape that reality. And I know that some of you are battling heartbreaking, gut wrenching things and it is all that you can do to hold on. But you are ~ hopefully and prayerfully, because life - though, yes often very very hard - is absolutely PRECIOUS. Please hold on to that fact too - hold on to the promise of a new day, a new way, a new reason to breathe with every depth of your being. I pray that peace wraps its gentle presence around you in your fragility and in your strength and that you always know that you are not alone. Hope beats in our heart. Love flows through our veins......
I had SO much fun. My friend, Lori, and I went to Stone Mountain, Georgia for the Country Living Fair. It was cold. It was beautiful. And I couldn't keep my head out of the glorious trees! We met the Junk Gypsies - Amie and Jolie Sikes! They have a wonderful new book and we got to have our copies signed. Such a thrill to meet them! They are absolutely adorable. These pictures are from my phone - I didn't bring my big camera with me. Next time?
I won't leave home without it. Sigh. I missed it so much. But gosh, I had a great time! I plan to go again next year!