Tuesday, May 31, 2011

fresh perspective on weddings and marriage

perhaps it's the timing
my senses are pulling for the soft and showy
if our wedding were this week,
these blooms would most certainly make the cut
(from the garden to the aisle)
can you tell flowers are on my to-do list?

on June 25th, Patrick and I will begin our married life together
what a blessing!
i try to keep perspective amidst the planning and preparation
for our wedding will be a celebration of a new movement in our relationship

i feel many brides lose the bigger meaning of marriage and the wedding
they focus on the party and wowness. selecting the perfect colors, songs, and eats.
while we certainly want to have a great time with our nearest and dearest,
in the end, this is about a loving commitment to each other
to be supported and celebrated by us, our family and friends.
when i look at the "to-do list"
i like to remind myself of what is truly important
now and forever: us

supporting each other as we grow into a family
helping dream new dreams together
and realize each others' separate dreams as well.

i want our love to grow like a garden
enrich our soils and potential
till and pluck what does not serve in our best interests
so that we may grow more fully together
and in this greenery and fullness
let us share joy with others
our family. friends, old and new.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

quietly linger

this is positively the most beautiful natural thing i've seen

each year for Mother's day i take my mom to "the Iris Lady's"
she has a field full of irises... waving flamboyantly in the sun
and each year, my mom invites a new charmer into her own garden flock
we love this tradition
the blooms grow and divide
my mother's garden reminds of all the times we've celebrated together
someday they are to be heirlooms to the women in our family

although the magnitude of colors is overwhelmingly beautiful
a floor rainbowed with flora

subtlety and delicacy won me over with this bloom
sometimes the quiet ones are most deserving of a lingering eyes, hearts, and minds

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


my family's history is tucked in Illinois' countryside
horses run in our blood
galloping through generation to generation
my great-grandpa raised Thoroughbreds
a tradition passed on to his son
and his son's son

no wonder is my fondness for these creatures
naturally beating
here is the next generation of race horses
the farm's yearling
born of Cactus Ridge and Irguns Star:

are there traditions coursing unavoidably through your veins too?