Friday, December 5, 2008

A new beginning

The best things in life are nearest:  Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.  Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Well, it has been way too long since I last posted and so very much has changed.  I'm not quite sure why I stopped posting.  Perhaps it was because I kept feeling that maybe, just maybe, we were on the cusp of change and I wanted it all to fall into place before I did any more documenting.  But that was faulty thinking.  I now realize more clearly that life really is a culmination of all the little moments that make up the day.  And though it may seem that some of those moments are incredibly mundane or aggravating or uninteresting, they are all part of what is thrown into the mix that I eventually hope to look back on and claim as good, indeed.  So rather than belabor the point and rant on and on about how lame I am for not writing, I will simply pick up the metaphoric pen and start again.

After ten months of searching, John was offered a job with the Attorney General's Office of Missouri.  As much as we were thrilled with the opportunity and knew that we had to accept it, we were slightly disappointed at its location.  Jefferson City is where we now call home and although it is proving to be a perfectly lovely town, it is further from St. Louis than we were aiming for when looking for employment and places to settle down.  But we, and everyone who is dear to us, knew deep down that this was where we were to go.  So we took the leap and we now find ourselves the proud owners of an 1836 limestone and wood frame farm house on the outskirts of Jefferson City, Missouri.  I think its funny that it was the modern phenomenon of Craig's List that led us to this forever old house, but it only makes for an even better story in our history.  We fall in love with the house over and over again, despite its draughty corners and squirrels in the attic, and we look forward to welcoming our friends and family into its fold.  Our latest entertainment is dreaming about the Spring, seed catalogs, cold frames and greenhouses made from recycled windows, goats and chicks and geese (to scare away the fox, according to Aidan), small kitchen herb gardens and landscaping for wildlife in general.  I'll have to muse more on that later.
Anyway, I hope I will find myself meditating and composing thoughts in this space on a regular basis.  And my other hope is that it will provide another place for me to connect with folks on a deeper level than Facebook can provide.  I'm glad to be back.


  1. You have a gift of gentleness that your writing reveals to those who read about life in the slow lane.

  2. Keep writing every day. This is your momma speaking !

  3. This picture says it all. What a gorgeous new place to call home! I hope to visit you there someday soon.