this is my beautiful friend mary. we have been friends for about twelve years, lucky me.
she's going to have a baby this month so we got together at her farm to celebrate.
here we are at the farm with herbs and berries and greenery sprouting all around. we've been friends since 2000; oh how i love us.
rebecca with her sylvan, carolann, mary and her little boy yarrow, and me with my lucy.
mary and her mama greeting guests.
mary is going to have her baby at home with her husband ben, just like her first one. she is the most calm and self-assured mama, quietly preparing and looking forward to that day.
we had a nice assortment of farm grown goodies to eat, peppers and cherry tomatoes like candy, homemade flaxseed crackers and eggplant enchiladas and dill dip and salad greens galore, and home-brewed teas...
and even the cutest mismatched embroidered vintage thrifted napkins for tidying up.
two of my sweet besties.
mary had asked us each to bring a bead or small token to string together with blessings for her birth and baby. she talked about yarrow's birth and the dream she had the night before he was born of a huge colorful butterfly coming into her life, and her anticipation as she waits to meet this new child and discover his or her unique spirit.
meanwhile sylvan and lucinda shared a nice long gaze.
see what i mean about the overalls? (em thrifted her this outfit before she was born, i can't believe she fits into it now!)
rebecca took lucy for a turn about the house, meeting people and showing her plants and kids and vines and goats. they love to go on walkabouts.
these are some wonderfully creative and productive individuals. ben has been gathering driftwood and forest treasures for upcoming crafts:
mary shows the strand of beads from when yarrow was born, a powerful and protective amulet.
herbs drying and well wishes.
this is yarrow's delightful little abode.
and right here in this room a baby will soon be born!
wasn't too long ago when this boy was a tiny baby himself!
carolann will be next up on the baby train. it is so fun to have friends with babies and kids of staggered ages. everyone has a different perspective and the kids have crazy fun together.
sylvan is in love with picking berries. he specially requested a photo among the raspberries.
oh country boys, oh country joys.
i just picture five years from now, even more little bumpkins running wild through the green corridors of earthly delights here on the farm.
sweetest baby blessings mary!