just as soon as i announced here that i was hoping to be blogging again regularly, life threw a few unexpected things our way. maya had a strange and unexplained week-long fever (with lots of time spent in the bathtub), ending in a bright red rash all over her body (fifth's virus being the suspected culprit)...
then we lost a dear and beloved family member, wesley's uncle john. a life lost too soon to cancer. and so we travelled south to be with loved ones...
this is life. and so we live it. with patience. with acceptance. and most of all, with gratitude.
i am standing upon the seashore. a ship at my side spreads her white sails to the evening breeze and starts for the blue ocean. she is an object of beauty and strength. i stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
then someone at my side says: "there, she is gone!"
gone from my sight. that is all. she is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. her diminished size is in me, not in her. and just at the moment when someone at my side says: "there, she is gone!"...there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "here she comes!"
and that is dying.
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good wind and good sea, uncle john. we love you and miss you.
a friday ritual (inspired by soulemama). a single photo capturing a moment from the week. a simple, special, extraordinary moment. a moment to pause, savor and remember. if you're inspired to do the same, share a link to your 'moment' in the comments!
thanks to all who shared and suggested so many great names for our new pup. it was a hard decision to make, but we have decided on zen. he is so calm and sweet and strong and playful, all at the same time - very balanced, really. so zen is just perfect. :-)