Several times a week, in the afternoon, I take my ice water and a book outside and sit in this hammock in the shade. Dan brought it home from Brazil 17 years ago and it is my favorite of all our hammocks. The trees have grown around most of it making it feel like I’m sitting in a leafy green room, almost like a secret hiding place except my kids still know where I am. I sit, put my feet up, and drink my ice water and read until I start drifting off, then I close my book and take a little nap. Depending on my kids’ behavior, sometimes it’s a 3 minute nap, other times it’s 30-40 minute nap. Some days my 3yo wanders out and jumps on the trampoline nearby and sings me songs while he bounces. Some days my daughter comes out and sits with me and we talk about whatever she’s currently thinking about. Mostly it’s quiet time; time I choose to take before gearing up for dinnertime. It’s a centering time; a time I have to calm my mind in the middle of the day and regain focus on my family and what they might need from me. This beautiful, secluded corner of our yard has become a small sanctuary for me over the last two years and is one of my favorite things about our yard.