Hi Friends!

Our native plants are in full bloom here in the Prairie State. We are very fortunate to have several prairie areas nearby, just perfect for a walking meditation on a recent Summer morning.

The gentle, winding path took me past a quiet marsh area. Peaceful lilypads, slender grasses, sunny coneflowers, and delicate Queen Anne’s Lace inspired me to pause and reflect…

Native wildflowers have long roots that run so deep,

much like our family roots.

The Native plants support one another.

Growing together in the prairie ecosystem

allows the wildflowers to survive the difficult times and thrive.

As I walked, the silence was only broken

by the song of red wing blackbirds and crickets.

Then the stillness and quiet returned.

I wanted to let everyone know that, much like the quiet of the prairie, our blog will be quiet for a little while. I will be dedicating my time to helping my family and there just won’t be time to write and edit posts for a while. As soon as possible, I look forward to writing again. There is so much to share!

In the meantime, I hope you will peek into the blog archives to enjoy stories you may have missed during your busy times. Be sure to read through the comments, for these little conversations are always the highlights of every blog post here!

I will pop in to check our blog each day, so please do continue to leave your lovely comments on any post. Replying to your comments brings me such joy! You can always reach me, by email, through the ‘Say Hello’ page. I very much look forward to hearing from you!

Heartfelt thanks for always being here! β™₯

With love,

β™‘ Dawn


30 thoughts on “Quiet…

  1. I hope you arent gone too long, but just enough to make your presence meaningful and helpful to those in your inner circle. They come first!
    Glad you found a place to stop and reflect…it is so important. You made that summer moment count! When so many others are always wishing for autumn when it is summer and wishing for summer when it is spring…you took the summer moment and appreciated the stillness and the quiet there.
    Be well!

    • So good to hear from you, Jo. Aren’t our prairies filled with glorious color right now? A prairie walk always feels so peaceful. Big hugs, from me to you! πŸ’—

  2. I’ll be here waiting till you’re ready to be back, Dawn. Enjoy your time of giving and serving and I’ll look forward to your next post. Strangely enough we’ve got cat tails growing in a corner where two tall concrete walls come together with asphalt paving. The plants are growing in a crack that’s like a little seep, it’s always wet. It was a surprise when I realized what the plants were and there are always a few dragonflies around too. I’ll post a photo on my blog in a couple days.

    • Thank you so much, Aquila. What an amazing little ‘secret garden’ you have discovered! It always gives me strength to see tough, little plants surviving in unexpected places. Sending hugs your way! πŸ’—

    • Heartfelt thanks, dear Penny. I was thinking of you as I walked around the hilly path along our prairie last week. I know how much you enjoy walking there, too. It’s such a lovely place for quiet thoughts. Big hugs, from me to you!πŸ’—

  3. What a perfect plant to tell us of a quiet time – Queen Anne’s Lace. I love that beautiful plant. I hope your time away is positive. I’ve had a challenging summer with family needs as well. I ‘think’ I understand. Take care of yourself, Dawn, as you continue to take care of those around you. πŸ™‚

    • Oh, thank you, dear Judy. My heart is with you, too. I have been taking early morning walks whenever possible. Time in nature always soothes my soul. I know that you feel the same way. My Self Care journal also reminds me to take a bit of time each day to focus on blessings and gratitude. It’s so important. I’m looking forward to visiting with all of my blog friends when time allows. Thinking of you… and sending big hugs, my friend! πŸ’—

  4. Dawn, blessing on your journey and the blog will be waiting when you have time to write. I know you will remember to take care of you! I am at the end of my 4 day trip to visit my son, DIL, and grandkids and fly back to Texas tomorrow. I have had 3 days filled with family, hiking, shopping and eating. Everyday we hiked a different trail in the Cuyahoga Valley Nat’l Park and have had so much fun! I so cherish my time with them; they help me recharge!
    Love And peace to you.

    • Oh, Chris, heartfelt thanks. So happy to hear that you have had such delightful family days in Ohio! 😊 I’m sure that your family has enjoyed every moment with you, too. Try to hold on to your renewed energy. Your retirement is just around the corner now! I’m so excited for you, my friend! Sending big Texas-sized hugs, from me to you! πŸ’—

    • Heartfelt thanks, Ricky. πŸ’• You always touch my heart with your sweet words. I look forward to writing again as soon as I can. Sending warmest hugs all the way to India! πŸ’—

  5. Dear Sweet Dawn, your writing is so lovely, my friend. I always feel a quiet blessing when I come for a visit. The prairie appears so beautiful in bloom. It must be a lovely place to contemplate the dealings of your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers as take time for the most important matters of the heart. Love to you, dear one! β™₯

    • Oh, Martha Ellen, I can’t thank you enough for your love and friendship. Early morning walks in nature are such a peaceful way to begin the day. The quiet is only broken by birdsong. The Summertime color palette soothes the soul. Sending love across the miles, dear friend. Huge hugs!πŸ’—

  6. I love reading your words, such an oasis of peace and calm, even when you’re telling us you’re taking a break. I love your photos too. So glad you’re taking care of yourself as you take care of others. I think of you often, you’re such an inspiration. Here, we’re coming into Spring and I’m getting ready to plant avocado trees on our wee piece of land. Should bear fruit within a couple of years apparently! Sending you big hugs across the miles. For you and your family xox

    • Oh, Vicky! You are such a dear! I’m trying very hard to take care of myself as I care for my family. Although I dearly miss writing new posts at the moment, it warms my heart each day to read everyone’s comments. I have so many stories to share when time permits!

      It’s such fun to think that you are coming into Spring (my favorite season!). It always feels like an exciting time of new beginnings! Planting avocado trees will be a perfect celebration of Springtime, Vicky! Can’t wait to see a photo of you with your young trees! I just love our letters, Vicky. I think of you so often… and promise to write a letter soon.
      Springtime hugs!πŸ’—

      • Lovely to hear from you Dawn – I look forward to hearing from you when you have the space but no rush, please take good care of yourself – I know how family needs can take over.
        I’ll see what I can do about a photo πŸ™‚ xox

  7. Hi Friends!
    Just popping in for a quick moment to let you all know that I am keeping you and your thoughtful, caring words very close to my heart. When I check on the blog each day, it is so heartwarming to know that you are still visiting (from all parts of the world) and rereading older posts. It’s always fun to see which posts you decide to read! πŸ™‚ Thanks again for all of your love and hugs. They mean the world to me. β™‘

    Please think of our blog as a big basket of sunshine. Just reach in and pull out a ‘letter’ from the past to enjoy again. I always take joy in rereading letters from dear friends.
    “Letters are like visits when friends are apart!”

    • Dawn, I’ve had you and your family in my prayers. You are the big basket of sunshine, my friend. I trust you are doing well. Hopefully there are times to enjoy in the garden as the weather hopefully will turn to cooler days there. Or maybe times in the paper garden. Love to you, my dear friend. β™₯

      • I cherish your friendship, dear Martha Ellen! Long overdue thanks for the beautiful Happy Mail. You have been in my thoughts. Hope you are feeling much better. I know that you are looking forward to a special holiday season. Enjoy every moment with your family. Stay warm and cozy! Love you! β™‘

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