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.
A few Saturday mornings a month our little family sneaks away for some creativity and togetherness, we call it Sketchbook Saturday Morning.
We sit around a table, mostly at our corner coffee shop– we bring our sketchbooks and a pile of art supplies. Then, we spend an hour or two in conversation and giggling, drawing, coloring or painting and eating baked goods, drinking coffee (or hot chocolate).
It’s a precious time during the week. It’s technology free and just a time to connect to each other. The conversations that we have while our hands are similarly occupied are at times deep and knowing– but at others silly or wistful.
This week I wasn’t expecting the depth or the grief. Some friends are moving about four hours away. And we had a conversation with the kids about that this weekend. Truman had such a hard time dealing with the thought of our little friends not living so close– he’d miss our trips to the library with them, jumping on the trampoline or laughing in Sunday School.
We encouraged Truman to make a picture for them, or one about how he felt. He dictated a letter to me and then drew a picture. I was so proud of him– finding a constructive way to deal with his feelings.
I love when we can build the space of uninterrupted family time into the weekend. And how in the midst of our creative quietness, he found a way to talk about grief.
How do you carve out creative time in your family? Do you find ways to talk about your feelings?
We hope you will join us in welcoming Mary to the blog during this month of June! Mary will be here each Wednesday to share her photographs and reflections with us. You can read more about Mary’s life as an art director and parent on her own blog The Yellow Door Paperie.
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