Echo Valley Farm, baking lovely goods for sale at local restaurants, grocers, and farmers' markets.
*photos by Sylvia
"Look, Mama! The worm is making an infinity symbol."
friends and kittens are a good combo
warrior girls on the trampoline
with friends, helping plant potatoes
Ayla and I were watching a nature documentary and she told me that I was "beautiful as a scarlet macaw". That's high praise from my little animal lover. She also told me in the car yesterday that she hopes she would be like me when she grows up, that she would love her children like I love mine. She is good for my self-esteem. :) Beyond that, I know how loved she feels and how beautifully she can express it.
Sylvia has been working on a kid's cooking tutorial for a YouTube channel she'll be launching soon. I help as much (or as little) as she wants with the filming and production. It's all her gig. It promises to be sweet and entertaining.
I love these girls and their Papa and this stage in our lives sooo much, but I'm feeling a bit bittersweet about them growing up. It feels like one of the many turning points in this parenting journey, with all of the delightful promises and moments for reflection that that can bring. I am ready and grateful to be here.
With extra time on my hands as the girls become more helpful and less needy, I may not have gotten any better at keeping up with the laundry or the weeds in the garden or decluttering the house, but I have time to read books of my own choosing, to work outside the home, to create an art journal, and to paint at my easel. These are worthwhile pursuits. Perfection has never been my goal, but joy and connection, both in the parenting role and outside of it.
Dreamscape, work in progress. I don't know where it will go from here.
*all photos on this post are from the first week in June