The waiting…

A Saturday, in October 2019…

Today is an important day.  A day of labor, and a day of dis-comfort.  A day of faith, hope, trust, and love.  A day of waiting and perfect timing.  A day before the day, when it’s not quite time for the birth day – no, not just yet.  We’ve waited for this day.  And we are ready for tomorrow.

A, you are so strong and so loved.

A’s Blessingway, 2019

Blessingway:  in Native American tradition [Navajo], a ceremony called a Blessingway created space for women to come together as a support circle for the expecting mother, and bless the way ahead for her. It is a gathering of the most trusted and cherished women in her life; those who will provide support and encouragement as she explores the challenges and joys that lie ahead as she approaches motherhood.

As the time comes close for sweet baby Caleb to arrive, we honored Autumn with some of her favorite things (henna and lattes!) and words of encouragement and love.  Never doubt the power of a woman, especially when surrounded by other women supporting her.

Facts

Facts:

This summer has had some hard stuff mixed into it. Some of it has been beautiful. Some of it has been incredibly painful. An overlying theme has been a lack of “enough-ness” from me personally. Messages that I’m not enough in this area, or in that. Some of these messages have been internal from me-to-me, and some of the messages have come from the outside in. Some of those messages have shown up at the very worst time.

Further Facts:

It’s ok to have a rough summer. Things will get better. I am enough. I am doing enough. I am listening to my body. I am healing in the every-day. I am choosing to have compassion on that woman in the photo above, because she is doing the best she can right now. She’s not perfect, but she’s brave.

❤️

Snapshot of a Summer Evening, 2019

Lately I’ve been grateful for friends with adorable babies, for summer breezes, and for food-truck dinners.

I’ve been especially grateful for my bearded man who sticks with me through the fun stuff, the hard stuff, the easy days and the hard nights. Through thick & thin, hot and cold, winter or summer — I’ll always love you, babe.

How ’bout you guys? How is your summer going so far?

C.A. & K. 2019

“Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love 

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”

— Thomas Merton

Congratulations to Carol Anne & Kendall…  May your journey be filled with many magical days.

Wedding Photos by the incomparable Kristin Faye.

(bee) Showered

bee bridal shower

bee theme bridal shower

In September 2018, Dana and I teamed up to throw this shower for ‘Bride-to-Bee’ Carol Anne.  The wedding countdown is on!

“If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves
All I want is you, will you be my bride?
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea…”
– lyrics by Barry Louis Polisar

Passover 2018

seder plate 2018

I don’t have many photos from our family Messianic Passover Seder, but what a wonderful night it was! 22 seats were filled with family and dear friends.

Scott did a lovely job leading the Seder. Arabella asked the Four Questions beautifully, and received a hefty cash prize (collected on the spot from the Seder participants) for returning the afikomen. Mom made braised beef and Autumn brought matzoh ball soup, while Dana decorated the tables and I lit the candles and arranged the Seder plate. As my Dad likes to say, “A good time was had by all.

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Happy Passover, friends! Dayenu, indeed.