Monday, November 3, 2014

this weekend, so brightly

Friends, I had such a fairytale weekend.  I found myself pausing to wonder and smile and photograph it's bits and pieces.  That very present feeling, when the moment is everything you need - I had that kind of weekend.  Such sweetness.  May I share it with you?

this weekend

Once a month my children have a Friday night sleepover at their grandparent's farm.  That's how I found myself on Saturday with a whole day to nest, a cozy, cozy day all rain and wind outside and fire and light inside.  Aaaah.

this weekend

After repairing a hole in my trusty winter slippers, I did a bit of cross stitch before getting to the real work of the day.  My letter collection is growing!  I'm making a collage of random letters for a nursery wall.  I'm not nearly done, which is fine because these letters are addictive!  Trying to keep it mostly black and white, but as you can imagine the colored threads are calling me.

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And even more lucky, Brandon's work was inside too.  He worked at remodeling the nursery closet while I prewashed the cloth diapers, organized our nursery dresser and stitched up some crib sheets (tutorial tomorrow!). 

this weekend

We got the room done just enough to assemble the crib and move in the dresser.  It finally looks like a nursery!  More pictures soon!

this weekend

this weekend

On Sunday we hosted our annual harvest time party.  Since the kids are getting older, we tried lots of new things this year with a medieval theme.  We set up a huge game of capture the flag.  So fun!  Then the kids dove in (literally) to apple bobbing while the grown ups warmed up at archery.

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Sir Blake won the archery contest.  He took home a gift basket prize, which included a Kona jelly roll.   Did you know that "a bolt of fine cloth" was a common medieval archery prize?  We had 11 archery contestants total, and I'm pretty sure the main draw was that Kona roll.  Ha!  Good times.

I had trouble going to sleep last night because my heart was so full of gratitude for these dear people and the opportunities in my life for beauty, laughter and love.  I don't know how I've come to such a blessed place.  But I am thankful to my core.

Like anyone else, I've had seasons of loss and great disappointment.  They've taught me never to assume that the sweet moments will endure unbroken.  When I think about the future, I hold in my heart that I may not always get to work with fabric and color and design for my livelihood and that I will not have these children in my home always, nor harvest festivals, nor fresh new nurseries to adorn.   Somehow that shadow of loss does nothing to dim the present.  Instead, it truly makes these moments burn even brighter in my heart. 

Thanks for joining me.

14 comments:

  1. It is always lovely to read a post made by someone happy and content with life and wise enough to treasure the moment. May these days continue for you long into the future.

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  2. Sounds like the perfect weekend, always lovely to have one to treasure and look back on x

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  3. Such beautiful words today, Rachel. I feel so much the same way. Initially, I thought you were going to end on the note of loss. That message was e v e r y w h e r e for awhile. It was such a downer, especially when I postpartum with Iris (our 4th) and sooo sleep deprived. I am so happy that this postpartum I have felt so much like what you are sharing her. Just exactly that way. You put it into words perfectly! I love it!
    Oh and I had commented on your online shopping post but was somehow signed in under my ancient account 'ourtaiwaneseadoption'... in case you were wondering who that was. :)

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    1. So glad you are having a joyful postpartum, Rachel. And thanks for enjoying my writing!

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  4. Looks like an awesome weekend! So much fun! Can't wait to see the nursery pix!

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  5. Thanks for having us! Your honesty and thoughtfulness are a nice place to be in a world and life that can be hectic and seem uncaring sometimes. I love to see what you're stitching up! But I think most of all I like knowing there's a kindred spirit out there :)

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  6. It's nice to see you "just keep on being Y.O.U.", Rachel. Living in the moment of now, being fully present to the richness of the moments you embody is a truly great gift to share - as you did today. Glad for your day - and your weekend!

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  7. Those cross-stitch letters are lovely! Can't wait to see the nursery!

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  8. this sure sounds like an amazing weekend. Love all the pretty makes going on.

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  9. Wow! What a great "post". I've been enjoying your blog for a while now but I think this one says it all...

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  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful autumn weekend. I hope this next weekend is also filled with joy for you.

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  11. I once kept a journal filled with "perfect" moments, so I could easily revisit them as needed. But you multiplied your blessing a thousand-fold, I am sure, by sharing your perfect moments with all of us and blessing everyone! May you be able to hold it in your heart and treasure it for many days to come ~ ~

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