The View From Here (and a winner)

by Stefani on 9-March-2009

At this moment, I am sitting at my kitchen counter. Purple light, like smoke, is drifting over my countertops, winding across the floor. 

Kitchen Window

My men are sleeping still (yay Daylight Savings time!) so the only sounds are the desperate love notes of returning birds and the whir of our attic fan. Last night was the first time this year that we've had it on and it has not lost it's magic – it's rumbling hum still lulls me into the kind of sleep that leaves me surprised to wake again- sheet marks on my cheeks and vague memories of dreams that were more like visitations. 

We spent our weekend cleaning, making ready for a new season.

The windows were open and the house smelled of lavender and baking bread.
Weekend Baking
Old songs drifted from the radio to let me dance, for a little while at least, with people who left me too soon… my Popo and Momo twirled around my kitchen singing Wildwood Flower. In Your Eyes brought sweet memories of a boy that I once loved. I wonder if he hadn't died too young, would his babies have had their Daddy's red hair and easy smile. D'yer Maker played, and for a couple of minutes, I was the girl I used to be and sometimes, in my better moments, still am – all hope and passion, driving with the windows rolled down.

Late Evening


There was good food and family,
Side By Side

grubby little hands pressed into mine, new drawings on my refrigerator, heads bowed and thanks offered because really, we are so very blessed. 

It was a simple, perfect weekend. 

A gift. 


I want to thank you all for the gift of your encouragement too. I have received so many comments and even more emails full of one thing – hope. So many of you have stories of hard times that led to peace and fulfillment. It is good to be in such company. And it is good, REALLY good, downright neat, to hear that so many of you are following your passions. I'm going to be sharing some great stories here over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. You will be encouraged!

And now… I owe you a winner, don't I? 

With all the favorites, budget-friendly tips and shop recommendations, there were a grand total of 93 entries in our Little Alouette giveaway contest. 

The great and powerful Random Number Generator says that #83, Marybeth takes the prize!
Congratulations Marybeth!

To Marybeth and everyone else, I hope your week is off to a great start. I leave you with a thought that a dear friend passed on to me from Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Dish

"If you are inevitably going to end up in the poorhouse, you

might as well get there by chasing the wildest of your


elissa March 9, 2009 at 8:06 am

oh, hello dear! i am catching up after GI sickness here and then a birthday. so sorry to hear about your husband losing his job, but, by golly, if anybody is going to put a positive spin on it, it’s you! praying for blessings on you and your family…. but, i must say, after reading this post it seems they just keep on coming anyway don’t they?


molly March 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

i’m so glad you had such a wonderful weekend – you were in my thoughts all weekend long.

Cassandra March 9, 2009 at 9:14 am

Oh fooey–i missed a contest! Alas, I was out soaking up what sun Saturday could offer (photos from the day posted in today’s signs of spring post) and then spent my time in between yesterday sewing and gazing at the photos we took. A lovely weekend here in Idaho as well 😉

I love how music can take you back to special moments… I have many of those songs myself…

Stefani March 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

It looks like there was a bit of that lovely weekending in your neck of the woods too!
We all looked at your chicks this morning and missed those days! Chickens grow even faster than little boys!
And I’m so very jealous of your orchard!

Stefani March 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

Musta been something in the air… you, me, Molly, and Miss Eren of Vintage Chica… sweet homey weekends all around!

Stefani March 9, 2009 at 9:18 am

Amen to that! I don’t know how I deserve such riches, but I will take them!

Lindsey March 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

Hi Stefanie! I’m new to your blog. Your thoughts and photos are beautiful. I’m a homeschooling mom in Texas, too (Houston). I look forward to reading more here!

Gotta love those redbud trees. Aren’t they cheerful?

Lindsey March 9, 2009 at 10:31 am

Pardon me, I misspelled your name!

Tabitha Blue March 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

This is just a beautiful post!! Such a wonderful and inspiring weekend… I can almost smell the lavender and fresh baked bread!! Lovely pictures as well!


annamaren March 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

Stefani, you let your life speak so eloquently through every small part of what you share here. Your family is blessed to have your positive outlook in hard times!

Your words are fuel for a little hope! : )

J.T. March 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Ah…fresh air, lavender, windows open to the house! I can only live vicariously through your blog. We are still many, many weeks away from opening the house up, way up in here Minneeeesota, eh. Send some warm weather our way! Enjoyed your reflection and photos.

Miko's Girl March 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I loved your morning reflections on this Daylight Saving Morning. Nice to have some peace around your house? I also have a Redbud in my yard – mine is yet to bloom. The warm days we have been experiencing these past 3 days were not quite enough to coax it to bloom here in VA. Thanks for sharing your reflection – I can almost sense the calm.

Sarah March 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm

beautiful photos! we are so far behind you up here in terms of spring- we had a snow flurry this morning.

and isn’t it amazing how a song can take us back like that?

brit March 9, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I remember when I was that girl too..I like the woman better, but she was a beautiful, if not timid step along the way.

Beautiful always.

Stefani March 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

Well welcome Lindsey!
We’re glad to have you!
And now worries… I answer to all the varied spellings of my name 🙂

Stefani March 10, 2009 at 6:19 am

I would bottle it up and ship it on the next brown truck if I could!
Take heart, it’s coming!

Stefani March 10, 2009 at 6:20 am

It IS nice! All of a sudden I’ve got a leg up on them in the morning. It won’t last too long though… they’ll get used to the change and be up with the chickens in no time.

Stefani March 10, 2009 at 6:21 am

I feel that very same way… she was nice, but she had some growing up to do. 🙂

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