INTO SOMETHING BETTER - Surreybrooke Gardens, Maryland - May 2017

Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.

We as a group of artist mothers from all over the world are making it our priority to turn off the tv/video games so that we can give our children the sacred experience to connect with the fast disappearing natural world. We will freelens our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project.

Please follow the circle, next visit the talented Amanda Voelker in Shanghai, China...

FROM THE MASTERS. Monthly Project. {Saul Leiter}

"I think I’ve said this before many times—that photography allows you to learn to look and see. You begin to see things you had never paid any attention to. And as you photograph, one of the benefits is that the world becomes a much richer, juicier, visual place. Sometimes it is almost unbearable — it is too interesting. And it isn’t always just the photos you take that matters. It is looking at the world and seeing things that you never photograph that could be photographs if you had the energy to keep taking pictures every second of your life."

-Saul Leiter-

Seasons: what August feels like

Seasons is a monthly project with four of my friends across the US.  We spent the month of August getting ready for school and getting all of the sillies out before the first day.  This month completes a year with this project and we've decided to go in a new direction.  Check back next month for the first post of our new project!

Next check out what August feels like for my talented friend Kari Wattenbarger.....

Seasons: what July feels like

Seasons is a monthly project with four of my friends from across the US.  What can I say about this month?  Lots of teething and potty training peppered with visits to the beach and visits with long-time friends <3 Oh July, you are flying by way too fast! 

Next check out what July feels like for my friend Holly Donovan in Chicago....

Seasons: What June feels like

Seasons is a monthly project with four of my friends from across the US.  June is a month of celebration at our house.  We celebrate our anniversary, all three of our babies were born in June, and of course the last day of school and the first day of summer.  Here is our youngest getting her first taste of chocolate cake!  She ate about half of this herself before her sister and brother helped her polish off the rest :) 

Now follow the circle and check out what summer looks like for my sweet friend Antonieta Esis ♥ 

Seasons: what April feels like

Seasons is a monthly project with four of my friends from across the US.  It finally feels like spring here in Maryland, we are wrapping ourselves up in the new grass and loving every minute of it ♥ 

Now follow the circle to see what April feels like for the lovely Antonieta Esis....

Seasons: what March feels like

It's officially spring!  The weather is still trying to catch up to the idea, but the first few tastes of spring air have been wonderful.  Here are my babies playing in the warm light of the sun, a day still chilly enough for their feeties.  

Next check out what March feels like in Chicago for my talented friend Holly Donovan...


Seasons: What January Feels Like

January..... It always starts with motivation to be better, then halfway through the month bad habits return.  The second week of the month we all passed a cold around and little Anna spent an overnight at the hospital with RSV.  The house is still a mess, the kids still watch a couple shows too many but we are happy and healthy so for the rest of my goals I'll just have to settle for baby steps.

Please visit my talented friend Lauren Mitchell to see what January feels like for her....


what December feels like

This month went by in a blur!  It's been disorganized and chaotic.....but somehow everything came together last minute like it always does.  The day before we went to the tree farm my camera battery died and I realized that I left my charger in MA over Thanksgiving vacation.  Luckily I was able to get a new battery at The Battery Warehouse on our way to pick up a tree.  What you can't tell in the last image is that both of them are crying their eyes out!!  Luckily the Cider House donuts we purchased with the tree saved the day ;)  

Be sure to visit my friend Antonieta to see what December feels like for her!

what November feels like

This month flew by, as always.  Every November we travel back to MA to spend Thanksgiving with my family.  The drive this year was quite stressful with baby Anna crying most of the drive and Timmy realizing how much he enjoyed pulling his big sister's hair.  It drives me crazy trying to deal with the ruckus in the back seat.  Every time; take off my seat belt, climb halfway to the back, get everything settled and sure enough by the time I get my belt back on it starts again!  But we made it safely and we have a whole week to spend in the state I grew up in.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Now, head on over and see what November looks like for Holly Donovan!

What October Feels Like

How quickly the months are passing!  Every October we make the drive from Maryland to Rochester, NY for the annual family clam bake.  I had many ideas of what could represent this month for me and they all take place over this trip.  In the end, this image spoke to me the most.  His first time playing in the leaves.

Continue through the circle and check out what October feels like for the lovely Holly Donovan <3

What September Feels Like

I'm excited to be a part of a new project with some really awesome and talented ladies!  We are documenting Seasons and what each month feels like to us.  September is the first month of our project, which seems fitting because it is a month of change.  With the fun and relaxed days of summer behind us and new routines beginning, I couldn't help but choose part of our new routine to represent this month for me!

Next, check out what September feels like for Kari Wattenbarger! xo

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