What I Want from Home

El Dorado Canyon - near Boulder, CO
It has been a year since we have moved to Colorado. A year! It feels like so much longer then that, but at the same time, I can't fathom that 365 days have gone by with us living here. It has me thinking a lot about "Home" and what that means to me, now and for the future.

Our apartment is home for now, and we have settled in here nicely. It feels right here, comfortable and familiar now. It has been a good place for us, so close to Trav's work and Gwen's school. We've met wonderful people here and enjoyed all that this place can offer us. We have decided to stay for another year. Another year to grow and change and settle in.

But for the future... well I've been thinking a lot about that too.

Grand Canyon Campground
I think it has become apparent over the past year that my heart resides in the woods. We have crisscrossed the country multiple times, gone North and South, East and West. We have camped and hiked and picnicked. We have enjoyed so many different brands of beauty and majesty, from soaring mountains to warm sandy beaches, wide open plains and towering red rocks.

Forests are what call to me.

I step into the woods and my soul is soothed. I enjoy heading to beaches, I love hiking up mountains, but forests make me feel at home.

And that is what I really want.
Not now, maybe even not soon, but in the end I want a beautiful little house in (or on the edge of) the woods. 

Coconino National Forest - Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive
South of Flagstaff, AZ

I want this. And I'm putting it out into the universe because I don't know how it will come to pass, but if I've learned anything from this transformative past year (and my very smart best girl), its that recognizing and verbalizing your dreams is step one.

Wherever my family is, that is home. But I want this for me, and I want this for us.

Prompton State Park, Waymart, PA

What is your dream house or location?


First Birth

I recently had the completely amazing honor of attending my first doula birth. I had so many emotions going into it. I was a little nervous, but so so excited. I wondered how the timing would work out. I worried about missing Gwen's first day of school. But in the end Mama started contracting on the weekend, and the timing was just about the best I could have hoped for.

It wouldn't have mattered if it had happened at the worst timing though, the experience was just so amazing.

The mom was a labor rock star, and I was so blessed to be a part of her experience!

I can't believe that this is my job now, that I get to have the honor of being invited to one of the most life changing events a woman can experience. I absolutely can not wait to do it again!

Baby squish!
(Posted with permission.)


Semi-Wordless Wednesday {Yoga on the Rocks}

This past weekend I finally got to do something I've been wanting to do since we moved to Denver and I first heard about it.

I got to do yoga in the Red Rocks Amphitheater!

My soul sister, Marissa, came with me.

The whole thing was such a treat!! I'm heading there to see a movie this week, but I can't wait until I can finally see a concert there too!


A Little Love for Summer

Autumn always has been and always will be my favorite season -- I'm pretty sure you've picked up on that already, if you been reading for any length of time -- but for the first time since I was a kid going over to Babs's house to swim every. single. day, I have discovered a new love for summer.

This summer has just been so full of things that I love; there's been swimming and travel, time with my girl, yoga, and so much grilling and good food eating. In summer's defense, past years have mostly meant, other then a week of fun in Cape Cod and some other random weekend trips, doing my best not to sweat too hard through my work clothes on my way into work in the morning, 8 hours in front of a computer, then sweating my way to the train for the ride home to our mostly not air conditioned house. By the end of this June though, I'd already spent more time in or at the pool then I had in probably the past 3 or more years combined. I already had my August tan going!

Not to mention that the almost nightly thunderstorms in Colorado throughout June were a really, really nice treat! Followed by almost a month on the road!

Next summer will be different of course. I will hopefully have regular yoga classes, and doula clients. We'll be back to a more standard week or two of vacation, and Gwen will probably need to be in a summer camp of some kind. For now though, I'm really enjoying a newfound love of what was previously a rather unappreciated season for me!