8.12.2008

fullness

Life has been full lately. I'm not confident that I could articulate clearly what it has been full of if I were asked. But it has been full. Full of challenges, realizations, moving forward and letting go. It has been full of choices and lessons and decisions that reflect the whole of the family. I have been full...and tired, and motivated all at once. At the same time, my patience with this summer heat is wearing thin and I am aching for change all around me.
As things always seem to work out, we took a much needed trip to the woods this past weekend, to camp in tents, build fires, explore the natural world and gain some clear perspective on what is really important.
I took in scenes like this one, all weekend long. Which pretty much qualify as some of the most precious of all sights for my eyes. My children running free...touching, tasting and smelling the good earth and experiencing exploration in every sense of the word.
Feeling the water.
Learning from the creatures.
Finding the freedom.
Even building a house for the forest fairies and bugs.
Mostly, it was spent looking down and finding myself here...with mother nature, learning from her wisdom and wonder...allowing her richness to sink down deep and bring me the peace of mind that she always does.
Quite enchanting, really.

12 comments:

Sara said...

Boy do I love a good camping trip, we just got back from one ourselves. These are just amazing pictures, you just have a spectacular eye for capturing the mood and feeling of the moment. Looking forward to our playdate!!!

Elizabeth said...

Nothing better than a good camping trip to revitalize the spirit.

Annette said...

BEAUTIFUL word's and pictures
Hug's Annette

Beth said...

looks like a great weekend! good to have you back...i've been checking:)

Jme said...

ahhh....I can feel it all again (less the mosquitos!) Thanks for taking me back to a most wonderful weekend! :)

Debbie said...

Looks like a perfect time for you and your family. Just what you needed! I LOVE the picture of Asher and Josh? on the dock....so precious.

Alyson said...

Hi there! What a great time. I love to camp out by the lake. My last trip seems too far away. A great escape from the heat!

jouette said...

enchanting. ahh, i love that word. thank you for sharing your weekend--beautiful.

Nonnie said...

thanks for sharing your moments, jess.....it was so needed....and enjoyed!

Downing Family said...

I completely understand. I am aching for autumn. There is something about getting away to the woods that is renewing. It rejuvenates me everytim e and reminds me how important certain things are. I tend to get carried away. Are we ever going to hang out lady? :) ha

daisies said...

oh how wonderful, i am breathing this all in .. xo

latisha said...

when i think of things like this it feels contrived, silly, often silicone. when you do it, its beautiful.