Since Ives, life is sweeter.  And life was sweet before.  He is the cream of our hearts. The sweetness, I think, is partly in the ceremony of it all.  Before Ives, we had our small rituals and chores.  But everything has become more ritualistic.  Waking, rising, eating, washing, dressing, cleaning, sleeping, walking: all of these things involve more steps.  I have gotten to know my hands and arms better, as they are now used in more ways. It feels like working hard, but also like meditation - to establish the steps and repetitively take them, sometimes leaving my mind behind.  It feels healthful.  It is therapeutic and physical and tiring and it keeps getting better.

I ask Ives every morning of his dreams, but every morning I am left guessing. When he can tell me his dreams, if he wants to, I think my world will grow twice the size.  We are taking him, tomorrow, on a small trip south.  Back to another place that feels like home.  To introduce him to the sea. 


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// 2nd photo: Ives at 7.5 weeks.
// 6th photo: by Christie.

25 comments:

  1. i kinda cheered when i saw that you had posted again. is that weird, considering we hung out yesterday, and spent all day today chatting? i just like to hear how you talk about your life to the internet. it makes me feel lucky that we live such coinciding ones.

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  2. Incredible photography, so so lovely!

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  3. Love what you wrote and the photographs

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  4. Beautiful! I ask my daughter every morning "how was your sleep"... they are just now (2 and 3 years old) starting to answer, and I love it!

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  5. as usual, your post rings so true with me. peace be with your family on this journey!

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  7. Yes, I know these words your write. And I can tell you as a mama to a little one who recently has learned how to read, when they can read a story to you, read your notes, tell and write their dreams, it's as if you won the biggest jackpot ever, and it just keeps coming. It does keep getting better. Safe travels to you three. The sea! Luckies! :)

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  8. your posts are always filled with such warmth and love.

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  9. This is so beautiful. You write wonderfully.

    Lovely, lovely, lovely.

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  10. 'the cream of our hearts' ... what a perfect, beautiful description. the hidden and the best. Axx

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  11. Ha! I feel the same as Jill. I always get excited to see what you wrote to the internet even if we just talked. But I would like my life to coincide with yours as much as hers does :)

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  12. How wonderful it is to compare it to meditation! Beautiful words.

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  13. Your photography is what causes your poems to become a revelation.
    What lens do you use I am very intrigued as I have been thinking which one to get for a very long time now, perhaps you could help :) ?
    Congratulations for you bundle of joy x

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  14. I love this post, and your baby is so so precious. I just did the biggest longest sigh.

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  15. So glad to see how happy you are :))
    *Laurart Tea Session*

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  16. beautiful post. poetry in words and photos.

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  17. Beautiful post and lovely baby !!! he looks like his dad !

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  18. I love these wintery snapshots, makes me excited to head into our autumn.

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  19. Beautiful post, and lovely sentiments. What a gorgeous baby.

    Your photos are quite wonderful. Have you been to 365project.org? Just made me think of it since your shots are so nice. Check it out (I'm not affiliated, just thought I'd mention it.)

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  20. So beautiful. Nice to have you back.
    And that photo of Ives looks just like a miniature Thom :)

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