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a normal day

Into Something Better – Flat Rock Trail, Linville, North Carolina

Sleeping in the Forest by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,

She took me back so tenderly

Arranging her skirts

Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before

A stone on the riverbed,

Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,

But my thoughts.

And they floated light as moths

Among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

Breathing around me.

The insects and the birds

Who do their work in darkness.

All night I rose and fell,

As if water, grappling with luminous doom.

By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times

Into something better.

We as a group of artist mothers from all over the world are making it our priority to turn off the tv/video games so that we can give our children the sacred experience to connect with the fast disappearing natural world. We will freelens our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project.  The goal of this collaborative is to journey into something better.

“The Best Playground Ever”

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Or at least it has historically been my favorite.  I remember being in high school and loving the smell and the chill in the air that came with Fall.  I didn’t like football yet I enjoyed going to games just so I could be out after dark when the smell and the chill seemed even stronger.  Having kids has changed this love a bit.  Mostly there are new stressors tied to Fall.  This has been especially true this year.  With the numerous Fall birthdays to celebrate and the battle to get the right Halloween costumes ready in time (and by ready I mean chosen and bought!!!) plus my workshop commitments, I have found myself cooped up inside The Creek House every weekend while Daddy takes everyone else hiking and exploring.  But not this past weekend.  I made myself available.  I disconnected from my computer and I connected with those I love more than anything on a hike to a place you call, “The Best Playground Ever.”

Up next in the blog circle is the spectacular Sherri Davis in Ontario, Canada.

the effect of her being

“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive:

for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts;

and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been,

is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life,

and rest in unvisited tombs.”

– George Eliot, Middlemarch

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a normal day

On October 18th, my daughter was born and I became the mother of three children. Hundreds of miles away, on the same day, another baby girl was born and another woman added the third child to her family. We were complete strangers at that time, but our love of photography and family brought us together. We started to have a conversation about motherhood with images, because we tell stories with our cameras. Since some tales are so similar, and some are not, we decided to collaborate and share a photo a week from a normal day as a mother to three.

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.”         – Mary Jean Irion