Sunday, September 15, 2013

intentional living

So I'm trying to be more intentional.

Friday night we had a bonfire in the backyard.  We made smores with Jack and I pitched a crazy idea for our family.  The idea wasn't well received ... I'm pretty sure Joel compared it to the tooth-fairy.  But it was fun to imagine and talk about.  I don't want to share it yet, because I'm hoping it seeps into Joel's subconscious and one day he'll be like, "Liv... let's do it." (haha)  Jack on the other hand is completely on board.  My little explorer.  He has a heart full of adventure and I love it.

After the boys went to bed, we laid in the grass and looked up at the stars.  I saw a falling star and it felt somewhat surreal, it was that beautiful.

It was a clear night and I watched plane after plane pass over us.  They were so small you had to watch for the flashing lights to make sure it wasn't a star.

Made me think of the times I was a flight attendant.  Made me miss the views from above the clouds and the time the pilot and first officer called me up just to show me Las Vegas from 30,000 ft... the night was so clear you could see the strip.  "There's sin city," he told me.

But the thing I miss the most about flying is Boston in the fall, or when the plane doors opened in New Orleans... you could just smell the ocean, or when it was winter in Ohio and then we'd land in California and it was like we traveled through time and landed in summer.

By midnight I had another "crazy" idea, but this time it involved me driving to Nashville in December for a weekend photography course.  The only thing is, it's pretty expensive.  But I know it would challenge me as an artist and I'd probably make some lasting friendships.  Time will tell if it's something I'm meant to do.  The idea scares me but it excites me more.

We went to bed too late that night... and I woke up too early.  It's been awhile since I've been up before the sun.  While everyone was in bed I went to the Farmer's Market and I lost track of time.

The produce at the Farmer's Market doesn't compare to the store.  It's been awhile since I'd been, so I loaded up on corn, beets, honey, kale, red onions, pumpkin bread, coffee and the cutest little potatoes I'd ever seen.  I got a big pumpkin and a few gourds for the house and a fun pumpkin cookie with candy corn eyes for Jack.  I learned how to grow lavender and I met a lot of sweet people.

After I got into my car I realized we were suppose to be at Jack's first soccer game in 30 minutes, so I went home and got the troops ready.

It was the perfect sweater weather for a soccer game and Jack scored the first goal!  We met a lot of new people there and my Mom came to watch.  She also brought Schuler's Donuts which are the best donuts in the world.  Jack even snuck across the field and grabbed a few donut holes when he saw us.

After the game we went home and Joel and Jude took a nap while Jack and I cleaned up a bit and cooked lunch.  It was a lazy Saturday afternoon and later I made dinner.  I've been trying to cook all our meals at home and have us all sit together at the kitchen table, you know... be more intentional :)

photo source: Mandy Lynne


  1. I like this how your blog tells a story of your life. That right there is intentional. Best of luck in your quest. I know I've been striving for that as well!

  2. That was quite a weekend.. sometimes it's lovely to dream.. even if it's just a dream..

  3. reading this made me feel so relaxed and peaceful. i love that you woke up early and went to the farmers market alone. i've been waking up (or piper's been waking me up extra early) and those moments are so beautiful (most of the time ;))
    it sounds like you have a wonderful adventure in store for your family...can't wait to hear it.
    and nashville - ahhh, it was my most favorite vacation! happy monday!


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