Thankful for…

The cacophony of my life and the unexpected moments of quiet;

Sweet wiggly snuggles and the space to stretch out alone;

The satisfaction of a full pantry and the promise of next year in our empty backyard garden;

Casting on and casting off;

The sparkle of those playful eyes by day and the rosy glow of those cheeks at night;

and finding balance. In all things.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I am grateful for each of you. You show up here and read my words and create a new layer of meaning in this quiet little life of mine. And you share your own inspiration as well. Friends. All around the world. Just by typing away here at my screen. And for that I am so grateful.

In love, light, and gratitude,



P.S. We'll be making another Gratitude Tree tomorrow. I hope some of you will join me!



We've been reflecting on gratitude around here recently. I have always loved the concept of Thanksgiving as a very special holiday, but year after year tend to drop the ball.

This year will be different, I decided. So we've been talking about it.

Today Sage asked for a bit more information on Thanksgiving. He wanted to know what it meant, what it's all about. I explained it and he was satisfied. Then I asked him, "What are you thankful for?"

He answered with a single sweet word:



(Here they are when Sage was 4 1/2 and Lupine was three weeks.)

I am thankful for the same. And I swear – he wasn't just working me over. Just yesterday the following dialogue was overheard in our playroom:

Lupine: "Oh! It's falling."

Sage: "Oh no! You're bonnet! I didn't tie it tightly enough. Here, let me help. There. That's better. Now let's take our baby for a walk."

Enter Sage and Lupine, decked head to tow in playsilks, walking a silk-swaddled doll down the hall in a wicker pram. Adorable. A few minutes later it was time to go to a friend's house for dinner (friends with kids whom my kids adore.)

Sage protested. "I don't want to go. I just want to stay here and play with Lupie!"

(Somebody pinch me.)

Oh, yes. For this I am thankful indeed.