Being :: Thrive

May 22, 2012

Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.

Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they chose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.


In most moments, the objective is to stay present and be available to the fleeting breath that is now. As a parent, sometimes we must look to the future. It is our objective, after all, to grow these amazing creatures we parent into adults who will one day be just that: adults.

I try not to put any limits on what the future might be like for them, while still encouraging their dreams. My eldest has had her heart set on being a farmer, writer, singer, songwriter, mother and wife- since she was about three. She has $200 saved for her first piece of land. As she discusses this future, some parts are always the same- and some parts rotate as she tries them on for size.

It is not the how or what’s of their future selves that concerns me- it is the who. I want to be sure that they know themselves deep and true. And there are a few other things I want for them too.

I want them to be capable, and know they are. I want them to be clear sighted, so they may always see what is truth.

I want that . . .

-they give and receive true love every day

-they know that when they have a question, they can turn to us, Dr. Seuss or a country song and probably find the direction they need.

-they know responsiblity is an honor, not a burden

-they can always come home

-their happy childhoods live forever in their hearts and minds

- all food is still compared to my own, in hopes they care for their bodies

- work is joyful and simply a part of life

- community, tradition and rhythm bring richness to their days

- intuition is second nature

- light can be found even in sadness

- their hearts are full, their bellies are full, and their arms are full

- they listen, learn, thrive, hope, and believe

And that they know they are, to me, a miracle everyday. They have enabled all my dreams to come true. I am forever indebted to them, full of gratitude for them, and simply in awe of them.

May they know each step, each moment, each breath is a treasure. And that my love and support follow them where ever life leads.


This month we will be sharing some lovely words from Sherene Cauley.  Sherene lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters. She is a yoga teacher, child care provider, homeschooler and promoter of wellness. Surrounded by family and friends, they are excitedly awaiting the birth of their little boy this summer.   You can follow Sherene’s own blog here.  We look forward to having Sherene with us and we hope that you will join us in welcoming her.


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Becki May 22, 2012 at 7:59 am

I’m amazed at your daughter saving for LAND! Amazingly mature and so cute too!

Nicola May 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Beautiful, Sherene. I live and parent so many of those wants, too, but there way you wrote some of them served as such a lovely, needed reminder.

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