Perhaps it is the way the morning mist gently gave way to softly nudging light through the windows this morning that makes me pause reflective before diving into the week. It is the quiet of the morning hours as I watch chickens dutifully and tirelessly comb the lawn and gardens for tasty intruders, that I am reminded perhaps more so, reawakened, to the stirrings in my heart to live a simple, beautiful life.
A life filled with more, not less of what my soul seeks. Of quiet abundance, gentle moments spent together, not apart. Of beauty, of seeing and opening to the gifts of gardens, field, and forest. A life with less striving, less worrying, and more of being present, embracing the moment with open heart and mind.
A life with the music of children ringing bright under night skies around marshmallow sticky bonfires, with fireflies’ lighting glow around the edges of evening. A life of quiet moments and relaxing sips of a mellow wine from jelly jars with the man I love. Whispers and gentle stolen kisses under moonlight, as we traipse unencumbered, hand in hand, to close up chicken coops for the day.
A life filled with beautiful, heirloom, homegrown food, wonderful friends, family, and the sharing of it all. I long for the lingering over wine, after an artisanaly prepared feast laced with what is abundant in the garden each season. Beautiful conversation and connection built slowly and shared freely over food and wine. A celebration of a simple, beautiful life.
A life lived in simple celebration of the beauty and gift of each day.
It is in this spirit that I share with you an opportunity to slow, to stop and breathe, to become, at the very least, completely enveloped in the task at hand. To revel in beauty, to pursue the simple, to embrace a joyous, creative spirit in each moment, and experience life more fully. Deeply connecting to what is, and being contented in faith about what is to come.
I lovingly borrowed this idea from a Real Simple magazine I perused in the orthodontics office while waiting for my boys. I love the simplicity of it, as it fully envelops my need for creativity, slowing, gathering and celebrating the beauty around me.