by Stefani on 23-October-2007

When you have had enough, when the cards seem stacked against you, when you find yourself 2 degrees to the left of your intended destination, and you just need some soul food, where do you run for solace?

Sometimes, when husband is on back to back business trips, when we’ve had some rough waters, and when I just need to come up for air, I find myself running to the landscape of my childhood.

For, me refueling must involve rickety bridges over red dirt and moss banked creeks,

Ringling Brother

Nature having her way,


Wild Ride

Clean and Green

Pine cones,


and pockets full of pecans (at least this time of year).


We’ve flown the coop, and gone on a short trip with my mom (aka Nana) to the place of my birth, and hers, and her mother’s, and her mother before that.

And as my guys run, and gather and swing and squeal, and dig and laugh, I wonder… will this be for them, what it is for me… the place where their shoulders relax, their breath slows, and they can just be?




Leigh-Ann October 23, 2007 at 9:08 pm

so peaceful. everything rests there.

love the old bike. love.

Sarah Jackson October 23, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Just beautiful. I love seeing nature growing over the detrius that we leave behind. Have a lovely peaceful time, my friend.

Alicia A. October 23, 2007 at 9:57 pm

Oh, wow. I hope it is.

Visty October 23, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Very interesting, since we are experiencing nearly the same thing. Daddy away on business trips, the hosue falling into fast chaos. It’s so wonderful to think that I can start again tomorrow.

leslie October 24, 2007 at 3:53 am

we all need a place like that.
to just be…..
wonderful photos…have a relaxing time.

erin October 24, 2007 at 4:52 am

how lovely to have a place like that! enjoy and relax. your photos are gorgeous.

Tracy October 24, 2007 at 5:08 am

I am struggling with the decision of wandering off into the woods or staying in the city and going to the pumpkin patch this weekend. This is food for thought.

kristin October 24, 2007 at 5:51 am


kirsten October 24, 2007 at 6:17 am

love that sink! have a great trip!

Anne October 24, 2007 at 7:50 am

That last photo is just perfect.

Cheryl October 24, 2007 at 8:02 am

great tractor pic – enjoy the coolishness!

cloth.paper.string October 24, 2007 at 8:06 am

i love each and every bit about this post, stefani. may you find great peace and much wonder in reconnecting with your roots.

Marjorie October 24, 2007 at 9:08 am

Great photo’s. I’m a sucker for old tractor pictures. And barns & windows & doors & trails & bridges. OK, anything rustic & peaceful.

jade October 24, 2007 at 10:25 am

What a breath of fresh air. Thank you Stefani!

mountain mama October 24, 2007 at 10:36 am

oooohhhhhhh Pecans!!! I remember living in Louisiana and picking up pecans off the ground. Every Sunday we drove an hour to a meeting area to drop off my sister so she could catch the school bus to the deaf school. We’d wait with other families and right nearby were pecan trees!! Mom would send me off with a paper bag and I’d scamper around filling it up! I learned to crack ’em in my hands without a nut cracker. No pecan trees here, but my girls get to scamper around the garden.. I think it’s an even trade off.

Aimee Greeblemonkey October 24, 2007 at 1:19 pm

Gorgeous photos, and “just being” – what a great ides every once in a while.

Ellie October 24, 2007 at 4:39 pm

This made me relax looking and reading. And dreaming, remembering my special place. As usual, such beautiful, tranquil photos and words.

molly October 24, 2007 at 6:59 pm

funny-that describes exactly how I felt about the farm we live on now before we moved here. This reminds me of all the things I love about this place, all the things it was to me as a child, and reminds me to slow down, cherish it, share it, and let my shoulders relax a bit.

(they’re feeling tense right now after a bedtime struggle. i hate that. being a big grumpy bear-mom at bedtime.)

Corey Ackelmire October 24, 2007 at 7:45 pm

You should write a book–with lots of pictures, too!

michelle October 26, 2007 at 4:24 am

Great pictures. I love the careful balancing act going on in the first one. =D

emily October 27, 2007 at 10:51 am

stunning. your words, your photos. i think my shoulders would relax there, for sure.

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