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Northwestern Washington
I am a mama, a wife and a seeker of all that is good around and within me.
Interests: I am a lover of the woods, rain, sunshine, trail running, finding woody, organic treasures, knitting, tundra lichen, laughter, and adventures, both big and small.
Recent Activity
There is a bench perched on an open hillside abutting oak woodlands just a miles or so walk from our house. Miles and I often end up there on the mornings that he isn't away at preschool. We wandered there yesterday. He brought a handful of Legos, dumped them out... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Growing Good
I spent Sunday at a retreat at the base of a snowy mountain at a Buddhist abbey in the company of women. Truth be told I was skeptical about the whole thing. I often feel that the women that get to attend such self care gatherings, women like myself with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Growing Good
We bought this house knowing it had a near dry well and was in an area with a knotty history of intermingling wells that are sucking each other dry. It scared me off at first, largely due to the cost of drilling a new well or the current (and already... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Growing Good
The world in these parts is one stunning display of light and shadows. Barreling clouds blowing in from the west, pitching deep, satiated shadows across the autumn sky and oak woodlands. They come and go, dropping rain, revealing light, and casting rainbows as big as this mighty Gorge. We're outside... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Growing Good
Rain. Rose hips. Wild turkeys return. Leaves falling and piling. Color cast upon the summer's parched earth. Nettle and mint tea. Harvest light. Woolies. Rubber boots. Sincerely autumn. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Growing Good
I spent Saturday among a group of women makers. They are fiber artists and weavers. Knitters and sewers. Healers and menders. They create and heal with their hands. We spent the morning at a women-run farm deadheading and harvesting sunflowers, marigolds eucalyptus, zinnias, and amaranthus. What fragrant and beautiful autumn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Growing Good
The rains arrived. They dampened fires, quenched thirsts, and eased minds after a long and enflamed summer. They opened room to breathe, to take walks again, and to make room for fall. I have returned to the trails, collecting native seeds and envisioning casting them upon heavily grazed grounds and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Growing Good
I first saw this boat shaped house my sophomore year of college. It sits on the shore of the Pacific in the town of Manzanita and I immediately fell in love with them both. I knew that at some point in life I would live in that nautical house with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Growing Good
We ran off to the ocean last week and quite unexpectedly, in a bout of impatience to escape the heat and smoke and stretch our time at the coast, I landed at the front desk of Adah's school, fumbling through why I had to pull her out early. Clearly the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Growing Good
This afternoon I download pictures for the first time since early August and found images from other times and places that aren't choked in smoke and burning. Life feels fragile right now. Utter destruction from back-to-back hurricanes. Rights being removed, again and again and again. And our little piece of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Growing Good
Our just-turned 7 year old crawled into bed with me and I nestled in close, spooning my little bug, like I do most mornings. She asked why I always spoon her. I need a scoop of Adah Blue love to start my day, I told her. Without pause she responded,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Growing Good
Deborah, I have been wanting to reply but didn't want to do it in haste. I am finally sitting down with a cup of coffee and want to thank you for sharing, for reaching out, and for connecting. I held the weight of not being able to get pregnant for a long time, but the last two years I have found it almost restorative to write and talk about this sorrow and I have been surprised and comforted by how many woman share this journey. Your words are beautiful, so is your ability to find beauty and miracles in the children around you. They are the most precious gift, indeed. And yes, we keep walking and loving and living and finding light. Enjoy your summer and those precious babes of yours. Thanks again for your kindness.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2017 on Finding summer at Growing Good
My babes and I headed to Idaho on a whim last week, spending four sun soaked days along the Payette River and in the nearby lakes and woods. We swam in the calm sections and sat on the banks watching where the Payette crashes along its course, carving through basalt... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Growing Good
The chirpiest, fluffiest, weest chicks recently joined our clan and Adah, in all of her mama hen luster, has taken them under her wing. She’s a natural nurturer that girl, and even in their most frenzied state, that bundle of chicks gets nothing but love and attention from her. A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Growing Good
Costa Rica, along the Pacific Ocean for a few days then up in the mountain around Arenal and Monteverde. All wonderful places.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2017 on Weekly bits of good at Growing Good
I just purged my camera of pictures from the happiest little week surrounded by family (including my dearest mama) and the rain forest of Costa Rica. We woke up the first morning to sounds of howler monkeys echoing through the thick air and I thought Adah had found her heaven.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Growing Good
Poof, summer! Toes and tooshies bare to the sweet sunshine. Strawberries are on cheeks and hands and filling my babes bellies daily. Our bedroom has become a drying room for rose petals that keep bursting in every corner of this land. Big inhales, long exhales and we have found summer.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Growing Good
I had threads to share with you all about the coming end of school and how silly excited I am for summer days with both of my babes at home again. We have lists and visions brewing, but more than anything I am pining for long lollygagging days in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Growing Good
It is hard to say whether we will be living at our current place for another month or another year. How we would love to buy a sweet little piece of land and hunker down with no plan to leave, but it turns out that not may people want to... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Growing Good
The kids and I just returned from a whirlwind trip to northern Alabama, arriving just shy of 5am after driving through the hinterlands of Georgia. I drove on rural roads sheathed in fog, a cup of coffee and paper directions in hand and a mind that wandered to some pretty... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Growing Good
I keep thinking that spring has peaked and that it can't get any more beautiful in this neck of the woods. But wouldn't you know it, it somehow manages to each and every day. Ah, sweet spring! The oak woodlands are awash with Harsh Paintbrush, Big-head Clover, Camas, and Arrowleaf... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Growing Good
Like many, my freshman year of college seemed epic. My folks were lenient in their parenting. They humored me and let me explore and indulge in my aspiring-hippy lifestyle, but college really gave it wings. It introduced me to climbing Giant Sequoias for the simple pleasure of resting on their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Growing Good
Thanks so much for the kind words, Karen. Hope you're enjoying a beautiful spring.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2017 on Weekly bits of good at Growing Good
The week was marked by pancakes for dinner, followed by strawberry cake--no redundancy there, eh--and our little Miles turning three. My copper curled boy has an unmatched fervor for life and a chemistry with people that leaves everyone he meets (and he goes out of his way to meet them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Growing Good
There are times in life when I hover with an aerial view, looking down and watching my life play out. It happens at those blissed out times when the world aligns and I peer down in disbelief, falsely compelled to think that it is aligning just for me. But last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Growing Good