I've been separated for over a year now. Becoming a "modern" family after 11 years of marriage has been difficult and liberating. The hardest part is being separated from my children. I miss them when they are away and cherish our time together. Spending quality time has become very important to us. For us this means being active, connecting with nature and being creative. On this adventure we decided to go for a bike ride.
Our adventure brought us to the Arboretum where this old tree has Zoe enamored. It's a tree you would swear is inhabited by fairies and gnomes. It's great big trunk and branches tells a tale of age and wisdom. As Zoe climbed I marveled at how much she's grown. She is becoming a young girl and I feel time slipping (like the song: "time is ticking, ticking, into the future"). As a mother time is measured by the growth of my children. I love my children so much and hope to give them lasting memories of my love for them.Owen is a boy at heart. He loves exploring and being active. He is also growing up fast. I am no longer a mother to babies. He always amazes with his great ideas and love how he expresses himself.
I recently bought bound sketch books for "Family Art Time". We took our books out and sketched whatever called to us in that moment. Owen was inspired by a rainbow and Zoe and I by trees. As we quietly sketched side by side I felt a deep connection to my family and mother nature. It was a special moment which was felt by all 3 of us. Our books will be kept in a special place and come out in these moments of quiet creative inspiration.
As a single mom I mourn the loss of my family unit and revel in the opportunities we create to bond and connect on a deep level. It seems that coming together and doing the simple things is the key.