Girl Time











Feel the collective relaxed sigh from such an amazing weekend? Despite our coughs, it was magical.

I love:

This place.

This season.

This girl.

We headed to the cabin. (You suspected that already, didn't you?) A weekend for just the two of us. (Leaf Girl" as she is now known and me.) We'd never taken a trip without the boys before. And I must say, it was bliss.

We sewed, we knitted, and we played along side the river, mostly in the leaves.

We nursed our coughs with good tea, elderberry tincture and syrup, and nourishing food.

We slept 11 hours at a stretch. We read books and laughed together.

We sat together on the dock – built by my grandfather's hands out of rocks, concrete, and an old bedframe decades before I was born – and watched leaves dance in the wind. We wondered at the the short days, the river, the birds.

We connected so deeply. And relaxed so deeply as well. Indeed, this weekend was as magical and healing as chicken soup, on every level. And now? We're home, but we both still sparkle with the magic of these three days. Together.

19 thoughts on “Girl Time

  1. Robyn says:

    I agree with the comment on the first photo. her blue eyes really pop against the color of the leaves. So precious! can’t wait to have my own mother-daughter trips with my little girl. it’s so wonderful to have special time with one child at a time (i only have one now, so i’m making an assumption here, lol.)

  2. Li says:

    Thank you for sharing this story, today, on my daughters 2nd birthday. Thank you for planting ideas of a time where she and I can do that and leave her brother and daddy to have their own awesome weekend together:)

  3. S says:

    Aw, I’m glad you had such a good time.

    Did you make that hat she’s wearing? Where could I find the pattern for something like that?

  4. Alecia says:

    What a wonderful life you and your husband give your children and you can see that in their health and viberance. I wish all parents were as dedicated to their children. It doesn’t take a ton of money just love and time. God bless you and your family.

    Alecia E.

  5. Casey U says:

    How absolutely magical. I cannot wait to take a weekend with just one boy at a time… Being able to connect one on one without any distraction is so incredibly special and important. <3

  6. says:

    Mm, sounds lovely. For a while now I’ve been compiling a list of ideas for a girls’ date for my daughter and me, but I just haven’t made it happen yet. I wish we had a cabin to go to! It would take some of the guesswork out of trying to figure out where to go w/o spending a lot of money.

    I was going to ask you about the hat and I saw your other comment – bookmarked the pattern!

  7. Rachel Wolf says:

    Do you camp, Karla? Or look into Couch Surfing. We did that on our way to NC last year and while it wasnt pure 1-on-1 time it was free and awesome! People even fed us. 🙂

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