Beauty is such a visually-loaded word. And I don’t begrudge it for being so. The art-lover, the nature-lover and the order-maker in me are all huge fans of the aesthetically pleasing. 


But this month’s theme had me slightly stymied. I wanted to address it but I didn’t want a face-off between it and my fine lines and wrinkles – or an unnecessary confession to you about how this body has changed. There are far too many conventionally physical measures of Beauty for this fragile ego to handle.

I know better than all of that too.

So I decided to tell you a much more honest story from behind the camera lens rather than in front of it.  To share with you the beauty that I see rather than the beauty that I be.


The beauty that fills my eyes and then, soon-after, my heart.

slingdiary5 These two. Marcus holds him close and they share jokes I am not invited to.

slingdiary8We went to camp by the river for the weekend, just the three of us. We kind of needed it.  We didn’t do a great deal, just mooched about, went to the river, swam, threw rocks and got overly excited by a blackberry patch laden with ripe fruit.



Now that Albie is raring to go everywhere on-his-own-two-feet-thank-you-very-much, the sling has become transport. A wonderful mode of transport, certainly, but as soon as we are there, he is straight down and amongst it. slingdiary12

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Albie is starting to really think  his Dad is pretty darn amazing.
And can I say, Albie would be totally right. Marcus is pretty darn silly amazing.

These days that we are enjoying now, are so beauty-filled, I never could imagine we would get to a place like this – not at his birth, not through his first winter, and certainly not in August last year either.  All those struggles serve to do is just amplify all of this – this summer the dial is set at Gratitude and Acceptance.


I probably sound like a total hippy spouting such sentences, but it’s all true.

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I wear Albie in a Sakura Bloom Essential Silk Sling in Sandstone/Pebble

This post is part 6 of a 6 part series for the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries. Its been a healing six months, and wearing my child close has been a big part of that. Thank you Leigh and Lynne for the opportunity.

We have been one of 15 families documenting our babywearing experience over a six month period. You can follow the Sling Diaries on PinterestFacebook or Tumblr.


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