Our yard is full of big maple trees. The trees were one of the many things that let us know that this house was to be our home. We imagined ourselves and our child (no L4 at the time) climbing them. And we have since then. Of all the trees we have in our yard, one stands out from all the others.
When beneath these limbs reaching toward the sky, I feel protected, sheltered, and at peace. I’ve been thinking about this tree a lot this fall and wanted to share it with you. (I think my rereading of the Anne series is reminding me to take a look at the nature I love.)
Other random things I wanted to share with you from the week are these two blog posts, seemingly unrelated, but snapshots of discussions I wish more people were having. One, by Shannon, is a post about Veterans’ Day and the war in Iraq. She says things to well in it, and rather than posting my own thoughts I encourage you to go and read hers as they mirror my own! The other post is by SouleMama on toys, play, and the costs of it all. It, too, fits so well with our family’s values and what we are striving toward today (sometimes I feel like I’ve been lax in some of those values over the past few years, bleh!). I hope, if nothing else, that reading those will make you think even if you don’t agree with the ideas expressed. (And that’s why this is filed under “contemplation!”)
I am so happy with this is so many ways. The creation was enjoyable and it fits with my “crunchy” values of reusing materials.