Spring cherry blossoms, photo by Kendra
A few weeks back Babe and I were invited to Kendra’s home for a morning play date. Prior to this I had never met a fellow blogger face-to-face before (except that one time I ran into Melissa at Bolt and was like, “uhh…hi…I read your blog…you are totally cool…and now I’m embarrassed and must run away”) and it was incredibly fun to do so. As a bonus, my boy was teething* quite badly and it was a welcome distraction for the both of us. Kendra has a beautiful, inviting home that smells like wonderful dried herbs and incense, decorated with nature and loving, handmade items throughout. The beautiful spring blossoms you see above were a parting gift and have really brightened up our cave of a living room.
Kendra also lent me the book Nourishing Traditions, after mentioning it in the comments awhile back. I’ve always wanted to check this book out and I highly recommend it. The book is well written with easy-to-navigate chapters, and is chock full of nutritious and mindful, basic and more involved, holistic, old-world recipes. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using it as a resource for how long to soak beans, and it also delves into soaking other foods such as whole grains and nuts and even has a chapter on breastfeeding and foods for babies.
Standing in her living room, Kendra wearing her new baby in the sling, our boys causing ruckus, we drank tea, ate popcorn and raw “cheese” cashew cake and folded laundry. I felt like old friends. After our meeting, Kendra posted a thoughtful and touching post on blogging and making connections online and in-person. Her reflective words and links were so beautiful that I can only say: ditto. Okay, I’ll also say that even though I have loved reading Kendra’s blog, enjoyed her creations and beautiful photographs of her children, and have gotten to know her better through commenting, I can’t say that I ever would have reached out to her, even though we live a mere 10 minutes away. Would she say yes to hanging out? Would it seem totally weird and stalkerish? What if she said no? What if we didn’t mesh well? All those thoughts swirled in my head and never allowed me to try for a more real connection. I am so thankful that she allowed herself to be vulnerable and make the first step. I’ll leave you with a thoughtful and at times humorous video, the same that Kendra shared, as I think it perfectly matches the occasion.
* Check out Kendra’s latest post, natural teething remedies, for some helpful, alternative solutions.