Free Fall

the-farmers-daughter_2565 I’ll spare you the boring details and instead give you a brief synopsis of the past month: BURIED ALIVE. The boys are now in school full time and I am working at their school, and getting us all out the door each morning, dressed and fed, three lunches and snacks packed…well, it is nothing short of a miracle. Every single day we pull out of the driveway I am so damn proud of myself. I know that people all around the world do this every single day, but geez it’s hard. If anything, it makes me incredibly grateful for the rather carefree years we’ve had leading up to this. the-farmers-daughter_2550 the-farmers-daughter_2552the-farmers-daughter_2556the-farmers-daughter_2538 We are finally getting into a good groove, but it is all consuming and quite tiring, I’ll admit. As you know, my husband travels quite a bit, so after a full day of work, it is back home with the boys to make dinner, give baths and go through the bedtime routine. By the time they are asleep, I usually have enough energy to put away a load of laundry and finish up the dishes before I collapse into bed. Needless to say, there isn’t much creativity happening. At first, I was pretty upset about it, but after carefully sitting with this new routine, and watching the boys absolutely flourish at their new school, I’ve come to accept that this is simply a season of life. Seasons come and go, each bringing with it unique and joyful gifts. I am doing my best to stay present and thankful. We do have some fun travel coming up, both work and personal, so I look forward to sharing more as the fall rolls along. I may not be in this space as often as I’d like, but as always, I appreciate you sticking around. the-farmers-daughter_2567 the-farmers-daughter_2560 the-farmers-daughter_2587 Until next time, I’d love to share with you a few podcasts, shows and books that are adding joy to my days:

Podcasts I’m loving:

  • Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom
  • In the Dark
  • Accused
  • Death, Sex & Money
  • Modern Love
  • This American Life
  • The Longest Shortest
TV show I am obsessed with: This is Us

Books I’m reading: The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer and Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Patterns I’m knitting: Fidra hat, Perianth Mittens and Bearly Bonnet

*all of these pictures were taken at The Farmer’s Daughter in South Kingstown, one of my favorite destinations in the state. the-farmers-daughter_2537

Your thoughts on “Free Fall

  1. It is funny, when your kids are little you think once they go to school you’ll have all this time all of a sudden to do the things you’ve been wistful about. Really, life just gets busier and busier as they get older, and I think you are right that you just need to embrace it. Mine are now in 7th, 10th and 12th grade. With the oldest going off to college next year, I see a new schedule on the horizon, but alas, it makes me weepy to ponder it now that it is there.

  2. Had to laugh at your comments regarding getting out the door in the morning…I always thought of my MIL who had 7 kids by 30 and at one point was getting them all out the door with lunches and ironed school uniforms. The four girls also had to have their hair curled or styled in some fashion as was the custom in the day. It always made me think that having two sons was a piece of cake, haha.

  3. Thanks for still being here and updating us on your everyday life/activities. To me, you are such an inspiring photographer; I just love how you capture the rustic beauty of everything around you.

    I love checking out your recommendations when it comes to books, television and other online fun stuff.

    Please keep coming back, even if it’s not as frequent. I know you’re busy, as most of us are, but your blog is the one I still check from time to time.

    It’s just so nice and fresh and friendly. Thanks so much!

  4. I love This Is Us too! What a great show. I am right there with you in motherhood, although my son only goes to school two days a week. I’m always wondering if it is going to be this hard all the time, but you are right, it’s just another season of life and I need to take it in stride. For this reason, I’m offering a free 30 Days of Gratitude class that doesn’t take a lot of time, but helps us all stay present, focused, and thankful. You are a joy. Thanks for sharing your fall with us. Texas has yet to catch up with the season. 🙂

  5. Timing is the funniest of things. You posted this weeks ago and yet I have been so consumed in my own season of busy-ness that I haven’t managed to sit down for a proper read until now. And today is the day that I needed to be reading this most of all, when all that busy-ness has caught up with me and it’s felt like just too much! But now I’ve read your words and like the flick of a switch they have given me a different perspective. It is just a season, that is all, it is not my forever. Thank you my friend, I needed that!

    Also, I’m so looking forward to checking out your recommendations – I wonder if I can stream This Is Us somehow??? Mmm maybe Netflix…? I’ll do a search. Plus I just pinned that wreath – I’m obsessed with it!!! So much so I think I might have to print it out for my vision board 😉 xo

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