Lately.
June 13, 2011

There are so many things that I want to write about.

I want to write about adoption – how the conversations in my little family over the past few months have rocked my world.  I want to write about our homestead – about my waist-high corn and the little leaves on my tomato plants and the salad garden we’re building.  I want to write about the critters – etch in my mind forever the way Millie and Charlotte can lie together in a sleepy heap for twenty minutes in the garden.  I want to write about our village – about the people who love us, who make us whole, who help us out, who laugh with us, who we would not be us without.


I want to write about our chickens.  And our brand new hatchlings.

I want to write about our warm weather adventures – the sun in the sky, the wind in our hair, the worries left miles behind.  I want to write about Charlotte – about her new words and phrases, about the ways we spend our days, about the things she teaches me, about the memories I never want to lose.  I want to write about our daydreams for this place and for our family.

Instead, I find myself writing less and living more.

I’m okay with that.


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  1. By wordplayhouse on June 13, 2011

    A picture says a thousand words. You’ve got yourself covered with all your photographs.

  2. By Cynthia Krajcarski on June 13, 2011

    I used to be exactly the same way, with photos. I’d want to capture everything so that I could remember it later rather than soaking it up in that moment.

    I’m way more relaxed now, and it’s so freeing. You’re going to love living rather than living to write.

  3. By Courtney @ Bundle of Wonder on June 13, 2011

    It must be in the air because I feel the same way too!  I have so many posts just bouncing around in my head, but instead of sitting down to write them, I find something else to do.  We’re living so much around here in our everyday that I find so little time to write.  It’s something about the warm weather that really brings us to life, it seems.  My poor little blog has been neglected, I’m without a place to upload pictures, and for some reason I’m at peace with that.  I still take pictures and videos frequently, but the writing it all down seems less important than the moments I spend with my family lately.

  4. By Courtney @ Bundle of Wonder on June 13, 2011

    It must be in the air because I feel the same way too!  I have so many posts just bouncing around in my head, but instead of sitting down to write them, I find something else to do.  We’re living so much around here in our everyday that I find so little time to write.  It’s something about the warm weather that really brings us to life, it seems.  My poor little blog has been neglected, I’m without a place to upload pictures, and for some reason I’m at peace with that.  I still take pictures and videos frequently, but the writing it all down seems less important than the moments I spend with my family lately. 

    I so admire you and your family.  You seem like such wonderful people.  And as much as I personally would love to read what you have to say on all of those topics, I completely understand your lack of words.  Enjoy these moments and the great life you are building.

  5. By Cynthia A on June 13, 2011

    I agree and know exactly how you feel.  I have not blogged in a while, I just feel more free with out it.  I miss my writing though as a way of documenting.  I should keep a journal more often.  You have a beautiful life, enjoy my friend, be free :)

  6. By Jessika on June 13, 2011

    Your post today coincided with another friend of mine reminding me of one of my favorite poems. Thought it apt, so I decided to post. It’s called “Summer Day,“ by Mary Oliver. The last sentence is one of my favorite sentiments.

    Who made the world?
    Who made the swan, and the black bear?
    Who made the grasshopper?
    This grasshopper, I mean—
    the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
    the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
    who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
    who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
    Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
    Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
    I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
    into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
    which is what I have been doing all day.
    Tell me, what else should I have done?
    Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?

  7. By Thrifty Vintage Kitten on June 13, 2011

    Oh please keep writing! I love reading your blog! :)

  8. By on June 13, 2011

    Trying to capture a moment (or many moments) on camera can really take you out of that moment.

    Like looking around the room when you’re saying your wedding vows rather than looking deeply into your partner’s eyes.

    Like taking hundreds of photos (as artistic as possible) on a trip of a lifetime rather than sit down amongst the wildlife and take it all in, observe how the animals interact and breathe in the clean crisp air.

    Like trying to capture your child’s firsts on camera rather than watch them closely and deeply as they take their first steps or make silly talk at the table.

    Then again, as time passes by, we tend to forget all the little details. The more we capture now (on camera, on paper), the more memories we can share later on.

    Such a hard balance to find, but I think you are doing splendidly with your blog. Charlotte will enjoy reading it when she’s older, and it sounds like her parents are right by her side every step of the way…

  9. By erin on June 13, 2011

    Yes, but I’m not okay with you writing less.  I think you should write seventeen posts a day, with pictures, because reading your blogs posts with Hannah is one of our favorite things to do.  “SHA-DIT!“ ;)

  10. By on June 13, 2011

    I have been going through a blogger-lull for quite some time. Every now and then I vow to sit down and update my blog with all the recent happening of my life, the places we’ve been, new things Jude has done, etc. etc. and I get about 1/2 way to where I want to be and fall into the same trap of just enjoying life and chasing Jude around for hours and taking the hike up the hill leading to Jude’s friend’s house… or napping on the couch… or… or… or.

    And as you’ve said, I’m fine with that. I take tons of pictures, soak up the moment and figure there’s always the harsh cold winter to sit down and look back at what we’ve done and make note of the things that I want to remember most.

  11. By on June 13, 2011

    Gosh, you are so right! I find myself doing the same very often. We are moving next week and I sure do hope that we can build for ourselves the lovely community it sounds like you have found. Superb pictures! And one cute little girl for sure!!

  12. By Celina on June 13, 2011

    Hi Sarah, You posted on my blog a few moths back. Thank you! I LOVED your post “Lately”. I am feeling the same way. Writing less, living more. Your blog is lovely and your Charlotte is beautiful. Looking forward to following and reading more. Keep living, but make sure to write every once and awhile!

    Mommy Mantra - Make your kids an incredible Part of your life, not your WHOLE life.

  13. By Melissa @TakeAnotherStepMelissa on June 22, 2011

    I love your pictures and beautiful words to go with them! Hooray for enjoying the outdoors with your loved ones!


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