the lee family came down to visit our homestead for a session from a wee little island up in canada and then we also talked them into a little sleepover party after the session! i only wish it could have been a few days longer. the mama spins with her spinning wheel on a rocky bank at the ocean's shore with a chunky babe on her hip, her husband adores her and speaks tenderly and their boys are happiest running wild. she told me that for the session they just wanted to play and so we explored the garden, ran through the orchard (with the apples still a tad bit sour in august but the boys didn't seem to mind a bit) and over to the open field just below the mountains for one heck of a glorious sunset where the sky turned pink and i could barely take in all the beauty. i was so struck by their overwhelming feeling of calm while we spent this time together. no raising of voices, just adventure and conversation and tender intention. they savored. each other, the apples, the warmth on their faces, baby thighs and all the other sweet details of the season that could otherwise be so easily passed by. i am reminded of this irish blessing looking again at these photos and wishing we lived next door to the lees: "may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back. may the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."