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Dena Joan  living simply, loving madly, & making magic.

Yesterday, Roman, Marina, and I were out walking one of our usual paths. It was a perfect spring day. The air was sweet with the smell of flowers and freshly cut grass. While we were walking Roman was asking me the sweetest, most thoughtful questions, one after another. • Mama, why are some tulips red and some tulips yellow? • Mama, why are there no players out on the ball field today? • Mama, why can’t it be Halloween for all of the days?

And so on, and so forth. Hundreds of sweet, innocent questions bubbling up in his growing mind.

There is this little hill that we walk down just about every day. There are wildflowers that grow along the side of it. There are trees overhead filled with songbirds and squirrels. And we were walking down that little hill yesterday, about halfway down it, when I just got hit with this overwhelming feeling.

Unfettered joy. Joy at the sweetness of my darling children. Joy at the miracle of life. Joy at the beauty of nature. Joy at the grace of God. Joy at the blessing of health. Joy at the wonder of love. And there, halfway down that little hill — completely overcome by sheer gratitude — I began to cry.

It occurred to me then that we often talk about how much we love our babies, or how grateful we are; but it’s not always easy to explain just why. But this, this day, this love — this is why. ❤️

"I've never seen a wild thing feel sorry for itself." 🌿

“And the day came
when the risk
to remain tight in a bud
was more painful
than the risk it took
to blossom.” –Anaïs Nin ❣️

Buttercup season. ✨👌🏻

Every day with you is my heart's greatest adventure. 🐻❤️🌿 #childhoodunplugged

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." 🌟

Sandal season for me and my sweet babes. ☀️🐻🐭

She's like the wind. 🐭🌬💕

"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice." —Peggy O’Mara • 🐻🌿💛✨

🌸 There are seven seedlings growing in my windowsill. A couple of months ago, I filled eight little cups with potting soil. I stuck my finger down into each one to make a hole. Then I dropped a pinch of seeds into each hole and covered it with soil. I waited with the eager anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve, and eventually each cup had little sprouts, except for one.

They are growing bigger now, by the day. Even after years of having an enormous garden in my backyard, I am still fascinated by plants. They move toward the sun so quickly that it’s alarming. I have to rotate them at least twice a week so that they don’t stretch over completely.

My cucumber plant is growing tendrils. When I rotate the cups, the tendrils move toward the sun within minutes. Did you know that if you touch a cucumber tendril gently, it will wrap itself around your finger immediately? The tendrils are little arms reaching out into the world for something solid to steady the plant and hold it in the sun’s golden warmth.

I watch this ancient rhythm of life unfold and my heart is full of joy. What magic is it that pushes these seeds to grow into the harvest that awaits? Just thinking about it makes my heartbeat speed up.

Because I had dropped several seeds in each cup, in some, many seedlings popped up. I had to cull them–to choose the strongest seedling in each cup and cut down the rest. Culling is a natural process, a necessity for growth. Yet, it pained me to bring my scissors to the beautiful little stems and clip them. I feel so connected to every living thing that to put an end to even a little seedling pains me.

Such is the way of my heart–all love, all compassion. My tender spirit makes me wonderful, but it also leaves me dangerously vulnerable.

Read more at Link in profile. 💕✨

The two greatest moments of my life. 🐻🐭 • 💕✨ "Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I’d like to see you be or do. I have no desire to foresee you, only to discover you. You can’t disappoint me." —Mary Haskell

Family camping trip a few years back. I've always loved this snap of my brother-in-law & my nephew. We're headed back to this spot in a couple weeks. Can't wait! 🌲🎣✨ #childhoodunplugged

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