The week you enter our lives,

it rains and rains. The rooster

shakes his tail feathers in the drizzle

and crows for the first time.

I had wanted a life ready

for you – sheep grazing

in the orchard, every room

painted the right color.

We knew already the ways

we would fail you.

In the end, we were no less greedy

than the gods. We took clay

from our bodies and made

a vessel for you, we called you here

that you could see the light

in the mornings.

(c) Adrie Lester September 2006

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As you may have guessed already from the date, I wrote this when I was pregnant with Ella.  I find that this time around (yes, we’re going to have a baby!!), it still rings true to me.  We have sheep now (who ate the peach trees, ahem), but none of the painting is finished, and we are as imperfect as ever.  We are all so, so excited.  I am quite tired, though, so forgive my slower-than-usual responses to your lovely comments and emails.  Thank you, as always, for sharing this journey with us.

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    Congratulations! Blessings on you and your family. Adele

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    Congratulations! Doing the happy dance for you and your family.

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    Congratulations! What wonderful news, you are on a wonderful journey with even more blessings coming your way. Believe me, once this new bean is with you the painting will be more than forgotten for quite a while! What you remember is the smell of them and how they nursed and slept and made you feel perfect. Wonderful x

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    Congratulations, Adrie. Very happy for you! This may sound extrememly strange from a blog reading stranger, but I honestly had a brief dream about you last week. In it, you were pregnant and in your fields. It was beautiful. How ironic is that? :) Congratulations, again and best wishes on a healthy, happy pregnancy.

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    Another of your poems to make me weep with the beauty of it all…

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    Congratulations!! I had a suspicion, after seeing the things you had queued on Ravelry :) I’m due in July/August with my first, and I look forward to seeing what you make for your upcoming babe!

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    Jodie Banner

    Congratulations Adrie!

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    I am a friend reader of Sarah’s in Quince and Quire. Sometime ago she had made a scarf from silk cloth you had sent her and gave it out as a giveaway. I was the lucky winner and the scarf arrived today!So I am writing to thank you too for sharing the cloth with her and which ended to me!How great that you are going to have a baby!Congrats!I loved your poetry!AriadnefromGreece!

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    Congratulations! What a happy time.

    I sewed up another little project with more of the fabric you sent. Waiting for a sunny day to photograph it.


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    Congratulations! Your poetry is just beautiful – thank you for sharing.

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    Aw, congratulations! I hope your energy returns soon so that you can fully bask in this wonderful time- welcoming a new life into your lovely family. Blessings!

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    I am so thrilled for all of you. You are a formidable source of food, babies, and poetry. May you get all the rest you need, and all the joy as well.

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    Your poem is beautiful!
    Congratulations to you and your family on such an exciting time. Wishing you peace through the tired times and the not feeling so good times.
    Warm wishes, Tonya

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