Nestled in Quietude 


" She stared. Such beauty; and she there to see it.

Such beauty; and she alive to feel it.

...How beautiful, how have been allowed to see, breathe, feel this...

Happy? Poor ordinary, everyday word.

But what could one say, how could one describe it?

It was as though she could hardly stay inside herself,

it was a though she were to small to hold such joy,

it was as though she were washed through with light.

And how astonishing to feel this sheer bliss."

{The Enchanted April}

Hello there, how are you? I hope with the arrival of the blossoms, bees and sunshine you are doing well.

My goodness, has it been over a month since I've been in this space? I'm not surprised, this month has been the fullest and most exciting in awhile. In just 38 short days we are relocating to the other side of town, a place we fondly refer to as our sleepy little village nestled amidst the foothills of our city (pictures above). A dream we've held close to our hearts for many years and have finally made happen. With a lot for building in the near future, we will be living in an interim home until our forever home is built. I can't help but feel a giddiness and everlasting joy in my heart, finding myself all teary-eyed when I think about this move. It's a place where I belong heart and soul...morning walks along the merry little creek that runs beside the nature trail, hearing the owls hoot and coyotes cry at night, hiking right outside my front door... I can't even begin to express how excited I am to hike to the top of the hills with my family and photograph our spectacular sunsets each evening. And then there's the night sky and the silence. That is everything.

So, yes, there's been so much packing, so much looking around and thinking how much junk we don't need. A great feeling, all this purging and donating. I just packed my library, and oh my....I have so many books! Thankfully, our local library will accept donations (1 bag per person per day)...let's just say, they've seen so much of my face and I'm certain are wondering how on earth one could have so many books to donate!

Despite the packing, the purging and the school commute, I have made small pockets of time in my day to read. There have been some great books and some duds, but all in all it's been a good season of reading. I will share my favorites with you in the coming months.

Many years ago I had a blogging space where I not only shared my love of reading and words, but also tidbits of our daily life along with favorite recipes (I love to bake and cook!). It seems that I've been on a roll of good recipes lately and I find myself often thinking that I should start sharing those here. Would you like that? Let me know if you'd like to see anything else around here.

Well...I'm off to continue the packing adventure and enjoy this warm sunny day.

Have a great weekend, my friends.

" Bookstores always remind me that there are good things in this world."

{Vincent van Gogh}

" I like old bookstores, the smell of coffee brewing, rainy day naps, farmhouse porches, and sunsets. I like the sweet, simple things that remind me that life doesn't have to be complicated to be beautiful."

{ Brooke Hampton}

" You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time traveling and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.

{Jen Campbell}