Still working away on this experiment. Feels good to hop out of my usual box and try new things. And love that he is too.
I can’t even…
Monday, March 7
I am super loving @mtantau‘s recent Art Around the House posts. I’m gonna join in (you should too!). This is a large piece by one of my favorite artists, @luliewallace. Love! Also, this old desk has been in my family since I was small. And the chair and quilt on the left have been in John’s family since he was small, too. Here’s to old things and lovely inspiring art! #kellyraeshome
Finished up this piece. It’s now in the shop for those of you interested. Trust. My most powerful word yet.
Tuesday, March 8
My Grandmother is transitioning soon. She was dearly loved and cherished by many and she is currently surrounded by her family as she takes her last breaths of her Earthly journey. I deeply believe in the power of conscious, collective prayers, candles lit, and gentle words said in an effort to help a spirit transition as gently as possible. I’d love it if you took a moment, a breath really, with her in mind. Her name is Sarah and she is beloved. Xxo
A few days ago Greggie (my dad) put up our Little Free Library n front of our house. We had one at our old home and LOVED it. When we moved to this home two years ago, we put in a Poetry Post but we’ve all dearly missed the library. And so we here it is. Already, I’m in love. We’re gonna add a little kids annex library in phase 2.
“Mom, You know why I ask a lot of questions? Because that’s what authors do.
Also, I will be a surgeon.
Is Taylor swift married?
One more thing: What’s inside a plant seed?”
Having spent most of my life in the company of women, my pieces grow out of the kindred support I’ve felt from many of them throughout my life. I am endlessly grateful for the spirits of these women who continue to walk with me, in flesh or in paint, on my incredible journey into art, love, and life. Happy International Women’s Day, my friends. You all are brave. Strong. Powerful. Good. GOLD.
Wednesday, March 9
So much beauty. And peace. And surrender. And joy. And becoming. And grace grace grace.
Nichole. So grateful for her CAN DO vibe. She is holding down the fort this week and I am so grateful for her support for all things KRR biz.
Thursday, March 10
Sometimes when we go out to eat we pass the time waiting for our food by playing a family game of collaborative drawings. One person draws a head, the next person draws something else, and it just keeps going like that until a character and story emerges. In this case it’s Shooley a camel pirate.
Monday, March 14
Currently in NJ/NY celebrating the life of this amazing woman. Lots and lots of family here. Soaking in the stories, the love, the just being surrounded by the people she loved. ❤️❤️❤️ I love how fierce and independent and strong and fashionable she is in this picture.
Tuesday, March 15
They sure do make change and transition look beautiful. Found at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Wednesday, March 16
Today we celebrated her life. It’s been so healing to come back here, to her home, where she’s been a member of her church for 80+ years, where she raised all four of her kids(all one year apart in age!), where she worked hard to provide for her family as a waitress and then as a manager at Woolworths, where so many family members live. She was known for her kindness, they way she said “how are ya?” in the most vibrant New Jersey accent you’ve ever heard, and the way she made you feel very very special. She was always doing something for someone else and this was her way of serving, loving, tending to her people. She also always had chocolate nearby for all us kids and she especially loved Entemanns donuts. I will miss her and her bright bright way she smiled and laughed and hugged big. Xo.
PS: True celebrated with us. He’s met so many of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and more. He’s been eating up all the attention. Telling jokes and playing and generally being an awesome little traveler. Today he said he would dress up “bullet and razor sharp” for his great grandma and that he did. This kid.
Thursday, March 17
Their first time in NYC. Lots of memories created. Lots of sites seen. This entire trip has inspired me to be more grateful for my family. I’m pretty good at noticing and being grateful for the details in my life but this trip has reminded me to look at the bigger picture: my big family, my heritage, and all the ways we weave together far and wide. I can feel my sense of history more than ever. And for someone who left home at 18 and never looked back, it’s nice to be turning back again now. Feels good. Xxo
Friday, March 18
Home at last.
Reunited. Man did we all miss this dog.
Saturday, March 19
John and True and Lulu are at the park and I’m settling in for a Saturday work session in the dining room. Windows are open, light is streaming, birds are chatting, and I’m just so happy about all of it.
Sunday, March 20