Here's Annabelle's Mama, from a children's book I'm drawing. Well, it's hardly drawing, as you can see. The publisher has been waiting for me to finish illustrating this book since 2002. But I keep having babies! I think I'm done, for now, though. I'm just so excited to go into this next phase of learning with the boys, I'm ecstatic about reading (the 7 year-old) & chemistry (3) & going down the stairs (8 months). And if you could see what it looks like for them to do chemistry & go down the stairs, you'd know I have to be present.
Speaking of being present, Love caught me doing a Surrender Pose out front. I found this pose on Gabi's super-cool website, Pessimists Beware! I love the way it looks, the whole physical & visual declaration of surrender that it is. I was also attracted to how she described it as being hard & uncomfortable at first. This is that nature of a good practice, I think: that it takes something. That we have to grow & expand our capacity to be with it & as we grow & expand, as we practice, we see new things.
Let me also share that's it's been 3 months since I did the Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women Course. While I go in & out of being human (nitpicking, grumbling at the dishes, demanding he help me Now), D says daily that he feels more in love, loved, supported & gotten than he ever has in 11 years with me. That he hasn't seen me take care of myself this well since before our first child. That he's moved & inspired as I become more creative, more lit up, & accomplish more of my projects & initiatives. I really feel like I've learned a new language that men speak!
I probably posted this because Stephanie & Christianare on my mind. So many prayers that their love story with their little ones continues on & on & on.