A WALK BEFORE DINNER

Monday, November 25, 2013


Every year, Fall comes upon us quickly. The colors change one day and then it seems like almost the very next day when all of the leaves on all of the trees in our entire yard shed their leaves at once. I don't know if this is just a New Mexico thing, but I've never experienced it anywhere else. A few weeks ago, Ev and I walked out the front door to check the mail and realized we had been leaf-ed in. There was a good six inches of leaves piled all the way up to the very edge of the door. So we headed out to the front yard to play in them, of course, and to wait on Papa to get home from work. When he did, we all decided that a walk would do us all a bit of good and set out for the dirt trails that follow the arroyos behind our house. We arrived at the golden hour and watched the sun set behind the Cottonwood trees. Ev watched the cranes standing in the fields and flying over head with wonder. We walked hand in hand, family of three until the last bit of light was gone, then headed home to eat a warm meal and bask in our enjoyment of each other. I've been holding onto these pictures for a while now with intentions of posting them sooner, but late is better than never. I couldn't let this moment go undocumented.

I've also been collecting little bits and pieces of things all over the internet with the intention of sharing them all here for the last few weeks, so this list has gotten quite long. I wanted to get this post to you on Friday to bid you farewell for the weekend, but never got to it, and so here it is, greeting you at the beginning of the week. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a quiet one, spent mostly at home, and had our first snowfall of the season yesterday. (Much like Fall, Winter came suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly.) I like to take weekends off from blogging and really from keeping up with social media at all. I'm not going to lie - sometimes it's hard, and sometimes because it's so hard I want to give it up cold turkey and say 'no more!' But I don't, because I love being a part of the blogging community and I love being challenged and inspired every day by things that I discover on the internet. Social media can be a time suck. It can make prioritizing harder and procrastinating easier, but there really is so much good in it at times. Here are the good things I've found all over the internet world lately. Enjoy!

This beautiful short film follows the lives of three stay-at-home moms from different areas of the United States and it really is touching. 

Albuquerque recently voted on the issue of late term abortion and this letter said everything that I feel, but couldn't manage to put into words in such a graceful way about the results.

I recently read a book called 'Desperate' by Sarah Mae, then went out in search of her blog. This article really hit home for me - 'Maybe Your Two Year Old Just Needs You.'

I really enjoyed this article on the New York Times website about the passion of parenting. 

This comic strip illustrating the first year of parenting made me laugh.

This video is a must watch for every woman - so empowering.

This clever video made me laugh - 'The New York City Subway Experiment.'

This photographer asks strangers to post together in intimate ways and the results are surprising.

An interesting read for my fellow tea-drinkers.

I also thought this article about how long a woman's ancestors actually lived while eating real food was really interesting.

What sort of things have you read lately that have interested or inspired you?

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