Thursday, January 3, 2008

things i love: a fresh new calendar, red plaid flannel and harmonicas

*a slice of birth art from when luc was born to me*

"i began these pages for myself, in order to think out my own particular pattern of living, my own individual balance of life, work and human relationships. and since i think best with a pencil in my hand, i started naturally to write...but as i went on writing and simultaneously talking with other women, young and old, with different lives and experiences - those who supported themselves, those who wished careers, those who were hard-working housewives and mothers, and those with more at ease - i found that my point of view was not unique. in varying settings and under different forms, i discovered that many women, and men too, were grappling with essentially the same questions as i, and were hungry to discuss and argue and hammer out possible answers. even those whose lives had appeared to be ticking imperturbably... were often trying, like me, to evolve another rhythm with more creative pauses in it... and so gradually, these chapters, fed by conversations...from men and women of all groups, became more than my individual story... here with my warm feelings of gratitude and companionship for those working along the same lines, i return my gift from the sea..." -excerpts from gift from the sea by anne morrow lindbergh

one year ago tonight, exactly on the dot, this blog-life of mine was born. it was my resolution. to document my life/thoughts and the minutes of my super growing lucas boy. to have it all safely in one place. for one year. atleast. i wasn't quite sure what i would say or who besides me would even read it.
as i read back through my first year of blog and read through the comments that i have so graciously collected. my heart expands to huge.
it is hard to believe the change that has happened in one minute of a year. not only to me and my family... but yours as well. i've met some dear dear friends. some of you that i've never seen your faces or heard your voices... but hold giant pockets in my heart just for you. i've found long lost heart connections that have found a new place in me and we've reinvented what we knew as friendship before. i have revelled in the understanding that radiates through these pages and pages and blogs and blogs of you who have been there before and seen what i've seen. love what i love and appreciate and notice the secret small parts in this crazy big world that would otherwise have gone unoticed. a collection of women just like me.
i read your words like you read mine. my mind is racing with possiblities and ideas that you have inspired me with. i find strength in the way you write, create, nuture your children, grieve and love. you are rich with friendship and open hearts.
as i scan through this collection of words and pictures and moments captured of this passed year, i am amazed at my own journey. from then until now. the way i have mothered and loved. how lucas has grown into his self and how i've gone from nursing babe to chasing boy. to find ourselves settled sweetly into this new house full of love and safe joy. our first holiday here. new adventures... and wonder what will become of us a year to the day from now.
thank you again and again for reading me. for giving me this safe place to purge my thoughts and ideas. thank you again and again for writing your own words. just as they come out. for the chain of friendship that expands with each of our keyboards. this is bigger than all of us.

happy first birthday, run lucas run! for my blog birthday present, i'd like to know which post of any blog... anywhere... inspired you most. one that you remember and have tucked away safely. be sure and include the web url with your comment so that we can share in your inspiration. birthdays call for presents... so for each comment on this post from now until **January 11th**, my little family will pick someone to receive a special package of lindsay goodies. a box full of things i love. a book, a bag, a cd maybe... i'm not quite sure yet... but it will be lovely.
goodnight loves, lindsay


  1. Happy Blog birthday! My favorite post of yours was the birthing stories. I loved it and I love how you write...very poetic. Here's to many more years!

  2. Happy birthday to your adorable blog! Even though I only found it a few days ago, I'm already loving it!

  3. Oh Lin...I will have to spend some time and really go back through YOUR blogs and look for my inspiration...because it is definately within your writing. What a year this has been. If not for your encouragement...I would have not discovered how wonderful it feels to blog myself. I am so proud of my little family and all we have accomplished in spite of hard trials this year, most in which I haven't even blogged. Happy birthday to your blog!!!

  4. so, I want to say that this is my favorite post, of course-

    but the one that i really loved the most so far is where you talk about seeing Andrey at the mall, etc.

  5. i haven't read all of your posts, but i really like what you wrote on june 27, 07 about the "five incredible momma birds" that have inspired your life.

    sometimes i forget to appreciate the mommas and sisters and aunts and grammas who can simultaneously make me want to laugh, cry, and step out of room for a quick count to 10.

    you reminded me of the tender, powerful, spiritual side of womanhood. what a calling, indeed!

  6. Okay, I have loved your blog and what it has meant to me to get to know you better. I have enjoyed your thoughts and words and can see your mom in you. You are so peaceful and it is contagious! You actually inspired me to blog! I loved reading about everything! It is a great way to keep up with family and friends.
    Another blog that inspires me is:
    The author of this blog helps me remember we are not all perfect and having kids is the real joy in life, not having a super clean house, or a 5 course meal on the table. She reminds me about finding the humor in my life, which I need sometimes!
    Keep blogging! Love ya!

  7. i asked dad if he would buy me a ticket to come stay with you instead of buy me a cell phone.
    i'm really bored here.
    oh, happy birthday to your blog, although its a little late now.
    i miss you guys.

  8. I'm so glad you started a blog.. cause that is what gave me motivation to start my own and save my sweet memories!

  9. I love your blog, it inspires me the most of any other. My fav is the one about Andrey, so much love!

  10. Lindsay, you are so talented. The apron Danyelle gave me has the most wonderful details and I love it. It is almost too pretty to wear, but wear it I do!

    I have heard tons of amazing things about you, so hopefully we will meet someday...

  11. Okay...I looked more and decided that my favorite thing I read on a blog this year is this statement...

    Before we met, I wanted you …

    Before I found you, I loved you …

    Before I touched your face, I would die for you …

    This is the miracle of love.


  12. okay with no further procrastination.
    I will have to go with your"mama" post:

    for starters the michael franti quote...he who my mother taught me to love.
    and oh do i.
    right now its a little bit scary for n ot a scaredy girl but it seems as though lots is going on, lots that never went down before.
    things that we aren't all that used to.
    things that maybe we thought would never happen to us.
    My mama has always been such a strong lady. always taken good care of me, always just been there for me no matter what i put her through, she has just unconditionally loved me and cared for me.
    so i put my vote out on this post.
    for my mama.
    for her corner of the house where all are welcome.

  13. Call me morbid but one of my favorites was your depression monster post after the sad happenings at Virginia Tech
    I also love the momma birds, gina's wedding, shoot girl ALL of them make me cry!

  14. Lindsay,I love the post about how you met Andre and how you don't understand him sometimes, but you are madly in love with him (something to that effect). It was recent. Anyways, I am so glad that you started this blog and continue to update it with insights, beautiful projects and of course, pictures of LJ.

  15. Okay...I'll ask...Who won the drawing???

    Love you!

  16. I don't know why but it won't let me comment on your latest post...but...I AM SO EXCITED!! What a great birthday present...since I am a Birthday Girl today!!

    I can't wait to see what lovely things you send! Oh, I wish I were as crafty as you!