INTO SOMETHING BETTER - Tuscany, Italy, June 2017

We spent the last month in Italy.  I know, I know.  Crazy.  And it was.  From the experiences, to the food, to the drivers, to the blooming jasmine.  We specifically looked for places to stay that our children would have some room to run around outside.  As that is something our current home lacks.  This project "Into Something Better" is a group of artist mothers from all over the world who are turning off the tv/video games and working hard to get out kids outside. We will freelense our adventures into the wild and share them through this monthly project. I am super honored to be joining these ladies in a "freelensing" .  Freelensing takes time, dedication, and patience...much like mothering.  Next up is Heidi Burtch in Alaska.  Definitely check her work out...the landscape and wildness is stunning.  Enjoy the full circle.  

Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,

She took me back so tenderly

Arranging her skirts

Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before

A stone on the riverbed,

Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,

But my thoughts.

And they floated light as moths

Among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

Breathing around me.

The insects and the birds

Who do their work in darkness.

All night I rose and fell,

As if water, grappling with luminous doom.

By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times

Into something better.