summer of living*

  my loves, my muses*

my loves, my muses*

  climbing barefoot brings him life* 

climbing barefoot brings him life* 

  an alter for a dear friend in need. these were mailed to her*

an alter for a dear friend in need. these were mailed to her*

  teeny tiny sea gems*

teeny tiny sea gems*

  she just wants to be near us*

she just wants to be near us*

  wild island flowers*

wild island flowers*

  collecting driftwood for an artist friend*

collecting driftwood for an artist friend*

  we call this the buoy cottage* 

we call this the buoy cottage* 

  swan boy*

swan boy*

  a secret message of the importance of balance*

a secret message of the importance of balance*

  he ran from the water to jump on his daddy.  so proud of himself for doing in further*

he ran from the water to jump on his daddy.  so proud of himself for doing in further*

  to witness my boys each day breathes light and life into me*

to witness my boys each day breathes light and life into me*

  each weekend we collect sea glass and drift wood for art and home projects*

each weekend we collect sea glass and drift wood for art and home projects*

 sea flag*   "can we hang it on our home mommy, so people know how to find us?" 

sea flag*  "can we hang it on our home mommy, so people know how to find us?" 

  a kiss for the wind that flows through and heals*

a kiss for the wind that flows through and heals*

  many of these this summer on our doorstep, too shy to venture out further*

many of these this summer on our doorstep, too shy to venture out further*

  this tree swing from nova natural is medicine for him*

this tree swing from nova natural is medicine for him*

  his stories take us to such other worldly places*

his stories take us to such other worldly places*

This dreamy summer beckoned us to live every morsel of it and we allowed ourselves to be seduced by the sea and the forest and my family tribe and my h{OM}e.

Yesterday a dear friend and I were sharing about our process as empaths and how being so in tune with what surrounds us can pull us away from our present in so many ways and how both her and I are really making a conscious effort to be IN our lives this Summer.  This used to take so much more work for me, to stay present but I've been in deep practice with how to protect myself from allowing too many emotions (from others) to make their way into my heart.  I can feel myself getting stronger with boundaries on an energetic and emotional level.  I feel more certain about my choices to need alone time to fill up and I check myself if shame starts to filter in about my needs.  It just so happens that I live with two darling beings that also have similar needs and this is why we can be together in quiet without having to fill up the space with too much.

This is what this Summer has felt like for us.  Permission to just be together.  To nest in our home and to adventure out and allow it to be just us.  Usually our summer is full of friends visiting and I think everyone just knew we needed this time without much having to be said and that felt so very safe and good.

"You're LIVE-ing your life!"  my friend said to me with a joy filled laughter yesterday when I told her why I've been quiet this summer.  "LIVE it!" 

Next week my parents and sister are coming to visit and I'm excited to show them our world, how we live it, our rhythm and groove.  They really respect and honor Cedar's sensitivities and needs and it creates such a safe haven for him...and for us.  It gives us the space and cushion to live our lives the way we need to live it in order for Cedar to be present with us too, because that is important to them and that is what we are drawing near to us these days.  But it took time for us to be certain and grounded with what we needed to draw near and surround us and our home.

I am so grateful that being here in our sweet little village has allowed us the time to heal and know how to LIVE our life.