Joyful Spring!


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A week away.

In eight short days the world transformed before my eyes. For one, I took a much needed break. I tuned into my heart and my essence and made space for joy. I watched and/or listened to this four five times. I made soup. I grilled out with my sister. I played games with my children. I spend a day with a friend who has known me for more than twenty years. I went to bed at 8 and woke at 7. I went outside to walk and play almost every day. I busied my hands and quieted my mind with the meditation of knitting.

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And then as if winter was glancing at the my note of Spring Equinox on the calendar, mountains of snow melted away, an immense full moon smiled down, and spring arrived on a thundercloud, raining hard and singing its heart out in the voice of a red wing black bird.

Spring! My favorite season. Spring, a physical manifestation of hope and magic and rebirth and light and promise. The robins are home, the creek is rising, and the smell of earth rolls in through the open windows. Our tattered snow pants have been replaced by rain pants and all I can think of is planting seeds. Hello spring. Oh, how I have missed you.

Our week away brought us much time to connect, read, and rest. We even had time for a bit of thrifting and some museum visits and time with family along the way.

We're back home now, and ready to get back at it. The dreaming, the learning, the making, the magic.

How have you been? I missed visiting with you very much.


19 thoughts on “Joyful Spring!

  1. Caroline says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely & productive time away! Spring has easily become my favorite time of the year- just the smell of spring coming through the open windows makes my heart sing!

    Happy Spring 🙂

  2. Kate C. says:

    Glad you took some time to rejuvenate! We took the week off from “normal” life as well, only it was to welcome a new little girl into our lives (born on the 12th)!
    p.s. the Postpartum Herbs have been fantastic!

  3. Lori says:

    So good to have you back. Sounds like you had a restful week. We are excited to see spring come as well. We are watching our flower bulbs poke their heads through and watching the world come back to life. My foot is healing well so the crutches generally sit idol now. So we are looking forward to mornings at the farmers market and playing in the sun.

  4. Tracey says:

    It would seem that your break was just what you needed. It is nice to step away and just ‘live’.
    I did miss reading your posts and now am looking
    forward to you being back.

  5. Roxy says:

    I, too, have missed reading your lovely posts . . . but goodness! What a beautiful week of rejuvenation! 🙂 We’re about to embark on our own week of such needed time together and yet away from the rest of the world. Happy spring!

  6. Roxy says:

    Hi, Lori – I know you have no idea who I am, but I saw your post about a healing foot and crutches and I felt compelled to write . . . I broke my foot on Labor Day and couldn’t walk on two feet until Thanksgiving. My heart goes out to anyone who uses the words ‘crutches’ and ‘foot’! I hope whatever needs to is quickly healing! 🙂

    Best wishes – Roxy

  7. nannergirl says:

    Glad you’re back Rachel! And it looks like you’ve brought spring with you.By the way, thank you for your post about going out every day. I’ve been outside everyday since and even though it’s still cold here, I feel great.

  8. Rachel Wolf says:

    Way to go! I missed two days when we were away, but the kids got out everyday. It makes a dramatic difference in my heart and head when I get out, breathe, and move.

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