Friday, December 17, 2010

What Does Your Heart Say?

Tonight I am thinking about the song of my life.....the song of my heart.......
with the sound of the cats romping about,
and the sound of my teenagers' laughter in the next room,
and the sound of my favorite music by Patty Griffin and Michael Hoppe on the player;
the sparkle of the snow outside when the light dances from the window,
and the taste of a warm cup of Chai tea...
the symphony of breathing in and breathing out, coming from the next room as my little son and husband sleep deeply;
carried by dreams...the secrets of the night...
as I type here tonight at the desk next to my jewelry table, I am surrounded by paintings and artwork by the most incredible people:
 MarinaCathi, Michael, my beloved Ken, Carissa, Susan, my mama, Randal and my sister Kelly Rae who's quiet voice asks me each day in the sweet  words of my favorite print: "What does your heart say?"
And I say back to it that my heart says to love. Love with everything I've got...because love is really all there is. Love is the only thing I truly own, and it is meant to give away.
In this space I find myself surrounded with the evidence of it....letters and cards from dear and loyal customers and friends...precious offerings of Autumn leaves and special gifts from my sweet husband...
Yes, my heart says to love with wildest abandon. Hope for all things. Cherish family. Make amends. Laugh loud. Embrace each season of the earth, and each season of my life...

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” H. D. Thoreau

Tonight I am thinking of you out there...and I am sending you love and light tonight. I thank you for being here and sharing your precious time with me.  For sharing this space.  For reading my words. For taking the time to leave sweet and thoughtful comments....I sound sappy, I know, but life has taken on such a different meaning for me since I've been sick so often.  Each day of wellness becomes this jubilant gift...a celebration...a triumph.

(And my darling Ken, my K.W., I know you are reading this too, and I want you to know how precious and rare you precious and how rare. I love you so...)

Goodnight dear ones...

my feeble attempt at modeling one of Marina's necklaces
 wearing my favorite vintage sweater. Is my hair really that red?! oops.
good thing my husband is color blind.


  1. thanks for this post, very right about the only thing we really own is love.
    each day upon awaking i say thanks for another day, another opportunity to breath in and out and try to be better than i was yesterday.( don't alway meet that goal..but you know, the spirit is there)

  2. Oh, Jennifer...this is just so YOU!

  3. Beautiful post! No matter what we go through in life, if we focus on Love, we can get through it. (And I love the red hair!) xoxo

  4. Oh, Jennifer, this is beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Your words always lighten my day!

  5. Thank you for the mention, you have such a beautiful way of writing and your ways with words are like hugs over the internet!. Take care sweet lady.

  6. 1AM...I was about to collapse, hoping my bed might be ready, when I thought to visit before night overtook me; perhaps a comforting word or two would be waiting here. You have never failed me, no matter how dark the night, you are the light we long for; the candle to lead us to rest; peaceful slumber to those embraced.

  7. Thanks for this post. Love is everything and the only thing we need.

  8. You have such a big heart♥
    Wishing you love and much happiness in the new year.
    your friend,


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