That Day at the Pier
There was a slow-moving storm looming dark and heavy in the distance.
I’ve been sitting on this story for several years now. After some gentle prodding from my husband, and just feeling like it’s the right time, I’m sharing it here. Some of my most profound interactions in life have been with people that would be labeled "poor" or “marginalized.” Over the last few years we have intentionally put ourselves in environments and situations where we are able to get out of our safe “bubble” and let love in.
Florida was amazing. We were there for 3 weeks while Kent worked closely with OneHope on some online intiatives. The boys and I were at the beach often and we came home with some mighty good tan lines. The treasures were abundant on land, shore and in the water. So this collection was hard to put together, just because there was so much bounty.
“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” -Rainer Maria Rilke (via domesticpoetry) On our travels I've been collecting a growing bag of treasures from every place we visit.
This might be my favorite collection yet by my friends at FTM. The Field Guide collection is a welcome to fall with a combination of lush botanicals, painterly florals, and unexpected visitors of the insect variety. Inspired by classic Dutch paintings (think Girl with a Pearl Earring minus Scarjo), the projects are infused with Delft blue, bud green, and yellow ochre.
I recently finished Jen Hatmaker's book, "7 - An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" and just had to share something with you. If you aren't already familiar, the book talks about how she did a 7 month fast, exploring 7 different areas each month - clothes, shopping, waste, food, possessions, media, and stress.