|The Peonies are exploding in our garden, I wish I had better pictures, but my camera charger is MIA and this is what I've got for now! Beautiful aren't they? Imagine 4 bushes of these all throughout the garden!|
Hi friends. I know I've been a bit hit or miss these days. I have to say that computer life is all fine and dandy when it's cold and rainy outside, but when it's this gorgeous, the last thing I want to do is be in front of a screen. I am delving deeply into my life here on Orcas and fully involving myself in my community and surroundings. I love it here. It is beautiful beyond belief and I feel every cell of me vibing on this place.
I have been sinking my hands into the earth and walking barefooted in our garden. Feeling every pebble, stick and stone; my feet and my body, seem to be thanking me. I marvel at how simple it is to feel so grounded and so blessed when there are times when the chaos in my head feels like an inserpassible mountain. I am learning that, for myself, this connection I am developing with nature is filling me up in a way that I've never experienced before. This, my friends is why I came to Orcas-- to be closer to nature. My body is coming alive, singing and moving with the rhythms of the seasons. I can feel my heart extending outward and my entire sole and body opening, healing, feeling, being, living. The sun is here and it's lighting me up!
All this said, things have not been all peachy, a large part of my life has also been filled with worry and stress. I still have a not so happy husband, both mentally and physically. His health seems to be up and down and I feel so completely powerless over his situation. He's been having spells of depression and some sort of stomach illness (TBD). He's now seeing a Dr. who he likes and will hopefully help pull him out of this mess. Watching this entire process has been heart wrenching. Strangely, I find myself getting strength from places inside me that I never expected. It's amazing how difficulty helps you grow if you allow yourself to learn from it. Anyway, that's all I can really say about that. For those of you who know us personally and want to help out, I'd say give us a call and spread your love if you can, even if it's just an answering machine message. My sweet husband could do with some extra TLC.
The kiddos are doing well. Silas is all over the place. He's such a sweetie, however my little Buddha baby has now started his tantrum phase and has also learned about hitting, scratching and kicking. Lovely. How did that happen? Little brother and big sister now fight with each other, already, and it's reminding me of the days when I was young and my brother and I used to have it out with each other. The good news is that now my bro and I are actually friends and don't need to kick each other in order to prove a point. So hopefully that's what's in store for my little ones! For the record, there is also a lot of laugh and play going on, so it's not all that bad!
Ms. Serafin is finishing school next week. Her school has been a wonderful place, filled with beautiful people and beautiful surrounding grounds. I'm excited to have found such a great place for her to learn and grow. I know Silas will enjoy it too, as he already has fun getting into the mix of things with the bigger kids. Serafin's 4th birthday is this month. My sweet girl is growing up. We're having a birthday party. My Dad and bro's family will be visiting, along with one of my best friends, and join us in celebration along with some of our new Orcas friends. I'm excited but also a bit unsure of what will be on the menu. Serafin wants ice scream instead of cake, so at least that part's easy!
I myself am doing fine. I'm finding a new connection to my body that I haven't had in a while. When I was doing a regular yoga practice I was so in tune with my body and since Silas was born I've had difficulty picking that back up again. I've recently began practicing my fire dancing again and it has re-kindled my relationship with the fire arts. Along with poi, I've been practicing the staff and feeling the flow of the stick as it moves around my body. I have even begun a new business venture along this line as I've started making practice poi and ribbon wands to sell at the local farmer's market (probably next year). So as you can see, my life is full and very busy. Somehow I got inspired to stay up past my bedtime to update you all, because I love you and don't want you to think I've forgotten ya! Night night! :)