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what I saw

2014 June 9
by Rachel Turiel

on my 42nd birthday:




bday3Willow blossoms

bday5Erysimum capitatum – western wallflower (never pass up an opportunity to smell this flower)

bday2Trollius albiflorus -globeflower (the floral equivalent of buttermilk, visually speaking)

bdayLewisia pygmea – bitterroot (a charming spring gift)

bday7A secret note tucked in my backpack.

bday8This family!

bday611,500 feet and up!

What I felt on my 42nd birthday: gratitude; immense, crazy, wild gratitude.

24 Responses leave one →
  1. June 9, 2014

    Oh that list!!! So very sweet! Happy b-day, sweet mama!

  2. Sara permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Very nice.

  3. Becky permalink
    June 9, 2014

    and well deserved. Happy Birthday and may you have many more

  4. Joyce permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Surrounded by beauty and love. What a sweet way to celebrate life. Happy birthday, lovely Rachel!

  5. Britta permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Such love all around you! Happiest of years ahead and many more!

  6. Kathy permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Happy Birthday to you. Thank you for sharing your family and your birthday day with us. You and they are special to us, you know.

  7. June 9, 2014

    happy birthday rachel! if i was to make my own list of appreciation for you it might contain things like:

    -inspiring me in all my favorite things: food, medicinals, mothering, homesteading.

    -you always keep it real and bring the sanity back to the insane practice of parenting.

    -for tickling my neurons and reminding me to keep striving to be a better writer.

    -for being a kindred spirit-almost-met.

    much love for 42!

  8. Anonymous permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Happy Birthday! I celebrated my 43rd bday on saturday!

  9. June 9, 2014

    Happy birthday! And of course, 42 is by far the best number.

  10. nan permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Wishing you happiness on your birthday and every day.

  11. Ellie permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Happy Birthday, Rachel!

  12. Laura permalink
    June 9, 2014

    TOTALLY precious gifts for a TOTALLY precious woman!!

  13. Susan S permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Happy Birthday, Rachel! And many, many more like this one. :-)

  14. Chi-An permalink
    June 9, 2014

    Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day. What a lovely birthday. You always remind me of our K/1 closing circle’s exercise: STAR. Smile, Take a deep breath, And Relax.

  15. June 9, 2014

    Sacred Continuation, Most Noble Mammaji and Fearless Leader of Conscious Parenting! you ARE our HEROINE!!!!!!

  16. Ellen permalink
    June 10, 2014

    Happy Birthday! The beauty of the natural world that you experienced is eclipsed by the love and gratitude of your family. An amazing list. How wonderful that the kids are so appreciative — even for snacks– and that you and Dan have fostered that sensibility.

  17. June 10, 2014

    happy birthday dear friend! 42! the answer to life, the universe, and everything. or maybe gratitude is the answer, so either way, you’re set! have a blissful year full of good cheer and good health. xoxo

  18. Anonymous permalink
    June 10, 2014

    Gemini season!
    every year i forget we have this in common.
    which makes total sense (that we have it in common and that i also forget)

    happy birthday, sweet, dear friend.

    • Andrea permalink
      June 10, 2014

      ahem. i will not be anonymous.
      thank you.

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