Just Dance

"Mommy, who don’t more people dance?" Ella asked.

We were on the ride home from the 100 Mile Market. Dunya, an African Drum & Dance band had been playing in the center of the parking lot.

"I’m not sure honey," I answered.

"But why Mommy? Dancing is so fun!"

I thought about it from her perspective. Why wouldn’t people dance? The music was great. The sun was shining. We were at the Farmers Market, which is always fun.

"Yes, you’re right, dancing is really fun honey! I don’t know why more people weren’t dancing. That is a really good question. Maybe they just didn’t feel like it."

Ella took in my words and thought about it some more, staring out the window as we drove home.

"But why wouldn’t they feel like it Mom? Dancing is so, so fun.”

She’s right. Dancing is fun. I think deep down, everyone loves to dance. It’s freeing to dance, especially when no one is watching (which is the way children dance).

The evidence is in the photos of that afternoon. Almost all the children were dancing, bopping, hopping, skipping - moving. 

And yet the adults? Standing. Staring. Not even toe tapping. 

When I look back at the grown ups in those photos, I see fear. Entrapment. 

Because why not dance? What else could be holding us back? The child inside wants you to dance.

And this is just one more reason, of many, why I love being a mother. That I am able to think of profound things like this because of the simplicity and freedom of which my daughter thinks and acts.

So dance. Don’t think. Just dance!

Equine Photography, May 2012

I Am An Author!

I printed the first copy of my ebook yesterday. Whoot, whoot! 

A little back story about the writing of this book:

I wrote the 9 Steps to Home Birth Prep email newsletter just over two years ago as part of the creation of my site, Bring Birth Home

The newsletter was free to receive, and since it’s inception, over 750 people planning a home birth have been helped by it’s content.

Early this Spring, I decided to transform the articles of my newsletter into an eBook.

I wanted to make it even more accessible to families. An all-in-one home birth preparation package that women could read on their Kindle before bed or share easy access information with their parents.

So I began the process of turning the 9 Steps inside out. I shook it upside down and watched all the words tumble. 

Then I picked up all the pieces, rearranged them, tossed some out, added a TON, and adding it all together again. It took me four months.

I’d say 95% of the content is brand spankin’ new.

I’d learned so much since I wrote the original series. Heck, I’d had another home birth since then - and it was so much different than my first!

Now begins the process of editing. Red pen to paper. All 12,000+ words. It’s going to be awesome, thanks to a few stellar editing volunteers (I have read it so many times by now I can practically recite it). 

The 9 Steps to Home Birth Prep eBook should be ready for the public the first week of June!

Gypsy Ponies

It’s a misty morning.
I walk with the children
down the hill, round the corner 
to our neighbor’s barn.

The horses are out
in the front pasture grazing -
"all day if they could,"
Dennis tells me.

He unlatches the gate.
We walk to the first hill,
wait for them to notice
Ella’s calls; camera clicks.

When they notice,
their heads raise,
ears pointed up and forward.
They begin their approach.

Slow but intentional,
I realize they’re coming
on their own behalf,
not ours.

These are gypsy ponies.
Wild, like the Mustangs,
but gentle to the children
who adorn their manes.