This Moment

A Friday ritual.  A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. ~inspired by Soule mama

…{this moment}…

This moment 4.24.15

Maple Syrup

It’s Maple Time!

IMG_1402Our kids love maple syrup the way many of their peers can’t do without ketchup.  We just can’t get enough real maple syrup.

Living in the hills of Central New York Maple Farms are one of the sweetest offerings delivered straight from the earth.  I have a confession until I met my husband Brent I had never even tasted real maple syrup.  I know.. I know… I’m so blessed that he picked me to marry and share a family with!  And then touring sugar bushes on chilly mornings wow… now that’s the icing on the cake.

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On a whim I decided to pick up supplies to tap our two maple trees and produce syrup.  With four taps (two per tree) and tubing the cost will be roughly $25.  We also purchased some adorable syrup jars and an extra five gallon food grade bucket.  I borrowed my husbands brew bucket and we set out for sap!

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Are you interested in tapping your trees?  This Cornell Cooperative Extension guide to maple syrup production will be just what you need.

The cooling process took a while but you can’t beat the taste of true maple syrup.  And as a gardener and lover of the outdoors I absolutely LOVED working on a crop when there was still snow on the ground!  The ratio of 40 gallons of maple sap to 1 gallon of maple syrup is a let down but seriously the adventure is well worth it!

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Sunset Snuggles

Big Blessings & Heartfelt Tears

Sunset Snuggles

Sunset Snuggle

This post was originally written on March 23rd, 2015.  I never published it (for fear that it wasn’t written well enough.)  Since today marks one month since Kara’s passing I’ve decided to share it now… though it can’t fully explain how deeply I admire her.

Thankful!  Surely I’m thankful for the blessings of my life, not only that I’m here but that others choose to be here to live {and love} this life next to me.  Today marks 8 years since Brent in the most romantic way surprised me with a Monterey Bay beach proposal.  It’s also been exactly 11 years since our first official dating anniversary.  I’m thankful for another day and more anniversaries and the unbelievable messes of our littles.

 

I’m also thankful for a mind open to perspective.  Yesterday I cried deep heartfelt tears for a woman I aspire to be like.  Sweet Kara Tippetts an amazing author, loving mother and wife passed away yesterday.  I’ve followed her amazingly courageous journey since October 22nd, 2013.  {I swear I’m not a stalker I know the date because the first time I read Kara’s honest words I was so amazed that I wrote this blog post about her in the middle of the night}.  I knew instantly that Kara was someone I hoped I could be like.  Not only was she honest and courageous she was giving of her time, kind in ways I dream of being, and full of love.  I will never be able to fully understand the courage Kara mustered to openly share her journey with the Mundane Faithfulness community.  Each time I read a post I marveled at her ability to show grace and courage in the face of the overwhelming challenges cancer brought.  I aspire to write with even half the eloquence and perspective she did.  I hope that I can set aside my introverted ways to show those I love and admire how special the are without fear of sounding over the top or disingenuous.  Thank you sweet Kara for sharing your peaceful perspective and beautiful story with the world. In giving yourself to the world you have changed my life and so many others.

 

Mundane Faithfulness continues on thanks to Kara’s dearest friends and family do check it out!  My Sonflower is currently a sponsor of her site.  I am so blessed to be a small part of the community she created.  Hold your loved ones extra close tonight and give your littles a foot rub before tucking them into bed.  The littlest moments in life matter so much more than we can imagine!  Thanks for reading dear friend.

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Junebug on his first ferry ride October 2014

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Wishbone looking fabulous on her first ferry ride October 2014

 

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