July 19, 2011

Someplace Marvelous


I started to feel like things were too big around me, gaining ground, so we go.

Somewhere bigger than that, waking up with wonder how anything could have made me feel that way when look at this. This face, take it in your hands and really look into their eyes. This sky, those clouds. This beach. How does the water not, just, keep going? How does it know to lap up on to the shore and pull back, what restraint?

It dares me, to let them in and I beg it not to take. They do not go far but they try. Beautiful dangerous temptress.


We stack rocks and spell our names but before we can boast our creations another wave reaches its hand a little further and washes them away. No evidence of completion. Just like my every day. The upkeep, the starting all over again. But at the same time, the mistakes and regrets. The fears.

skipping rocks

The sun sets and dark falls and we stay. People leave the water so I let the kids throw pebbles to their hearts' desires. They must have hurled hundreds deep, for a half hour at least. Skipping and spinning from wave to wave.


  1. Oh, Stephanie. One of your best, right here. Maybe you didn't intend it this way but it just makes me ache with the KNOWING. You know it. That KNOWING that someone else sees it, and feels it too. That pull to the eternity, the earthy in the sacred. So, so good. And the photos are magic. You are magic -thank you for this.

  2. There is something quite magical about the ocean and a child's draw to it, isn't there? :)

  3. Such a beautiful post. Why don't I go there more often? It is five minutes from my house.

  4. Do you think we can get an ocean here in Missouri? We're needing it :)

    Ah well... the lake will work, Momma just needs to plan a day to take us there.

  5. I want to meet you there next time you go in the evening. Such a beautiful post.

  6. This post leaves me breathless. Beautiful.

  7. YAY! I love the bigness of the beach, the lake too. We are going tomorrow.

  8. This post makes me ache to go to the coast, I can feel the sad between my toes and the sea! Wonderful photos which capture a magical time.

  9. I love this so much. also, I would like to go there with you sometime.

  10. just have to tell you again that i love the way you write. love!

  11. *sigh* I so love this.

    I had that moment yesterday. Things were too intense, life was too consuming, I was feeling very...twitchy. And then I looked at my baby, he looked up at me and smiled and instantly, I was centered again.

    This is what it's about. These people who we live with, love, and respect. This is what it's about my friend.

  12. I really, wanted to get to the beach this summer. Hasn't happened yet :( Bekah's summer production of Les Mis is what we're working around. DM me what beach you go to, please. I need to collect some rocks for school.

  13. I love the way you bring me down from my "mommy ledge" with your writing. It's true you know. xo

  14. Tim took Kayla fishing for the first time a few months ago. When they got back, I asked what her favorite part was. She grinned, "Throwing rocks in the water!" :)



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