Making it once again to the water’s edge
Where the waves of the Atlantic meet the sands of the Carolina’s
Traveling from the coast of Africa reaching my fingertips as I bend down to touch the water

Breathing in the salty air the wind moves over my shoulders and tousles my hair
Relief, everything feeling not so heavy
The waves continue folding and crashing, a reminder of life beyond myself

Peacefulness, thankfulness swell within
And gratefulness for the offering of hope this beauty holds
Holding me in this moment, renewing my spirit and granting rest at the water’s edge

May those of you who carry heavy burdens, who are tired with exhaustion in your bones find your way to the water’s edge…for renewal, for strength, for rejuvenation. May your heart be filled with Love to continue on, carrying out what is only yours to do.  May you feel cared for and taken care of, trusting energy and life and hope will return just as spring does.  And most of all may you know down deep that you are not alone…

And to those who are bounding with joy and peace and energy may you share it brightly with the world. May you offer your light to those around you and may you know how desperately needed you are as we all forge through this life, together…

“…There are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; When the road seems dreary and endless, the skies gray and threatening; When our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light, turn our eyes to where the skies are full of rooms; Tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saint s of every age; And so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life…”  

-St. Augustine

Julie Geisen-Ritchey

Julie Geisen-Ritchey

Jules grew up in southern Indiana and has lived in Michigan, California, a brief time in France and has now settled into the farm life in Markleville, IN.  After graduating with a MA in School Counseling from Andrews University in 2010 her life took a different path, leading her in an unexpected nomadic way of living for 3 and a half years.  During this time of moving about in Michigan, staying in North Carolina and New York, traveling through France and several trips to Indonesia there was much to learn about culture, people, family, and herself.  Finally in 2014 Jules found her new home with Cliff and Cove and Bella and has been settling into doing photography and music with Cliff and learning the ways of motherhood. Life couldn’t be more different and better than ever imagined.

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