kait & kim at yosemite 2“It’s hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time.  How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own!”  Pam Brown

Just back from a wonder-full, amazing, soul-quenching, heart-filling week with my little sister in beautiful, spring green North Fork, California!

I’ve been talking about it, dreaming about it, and sharing my excitement about it for months. And it was EVERYTHING AND MORE that I dreamed.

Kim is an amazing artist, rancher, gardener, mother, spinner, goat keeper, weaver, and grandma. Check out her fabulous website by clicking here: DownhomeHandspunFibers 

We had an absolute blast together!!! Though it’s been months since we were last together, we started in chattering & laughingat Pismos  the very moment we saw each other again!

“Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of a sister?” Alice Walker

kim & kait at gretch's 1Her “Seldom Seen Ranch” is so green and lush during the Spring–tall pines and huge oaks and big meadows full of wildflowers!kim's front yard  AND then there is the pure joy of her tribe of goats–with oodles of new “kids” to giggle over!baby wonderlandgoat play ranchbabies at playKim is such an amazing person and sooo inspiring in a million ways!  She raises Angora and Pygora goats for their fleece which she hand dyes with the flowers and herbs that she grows in her amazing gardens! Kim's hollyhocksKim's dye flowersIt’s a huge undertaking and a daily practice of love! 

Kim and her husband are up at the crack of dawn to feed and water and tend the ranch…They are dedicated to their “back to the land” life in a very rural setting, at the end of a long dirt road that clings to the side of a mountain, in a beautiful valley that borders the San Joaquin River.

Mom 2Shearing to carding, tools of the tradespinning to dyeing, Kim commits herself to  every step necessary create her beautiful yarns  (Go to her website and buy some this instant!!!!)kim's yarnand weaving them into amazing works of art.kim's loom I’m so impressed and awed by her vision for her cottage industry

–“Let Our Circle of Love Keep You Warm“–is her motto and she lives it beautifully every day!yum!We had such fun during my visit! We had a scrumptious lunch with her daughter Gretchen at her beautiful home one day…kim and gretchWe played at the river with her son Jed and his children Kiva & Esha on a lovely Saturday picnic…playing at the river and wandered around the amazing YosemiteYosemite Falls with her daughter Michelle (and her boyfriend Jason) family at yosemiteand shared another fabulous picnic on Sunday!Bridal Veil Falls Mostly, we talked and laughed and cried and shared stories of our lives!

There can be no situation in life
in which the conversation of my dear sister
will not administer some comfort to me.
-Mary Montagu

We went kayaking… creek roarand, in her light-filled studio, kim's studiosewed some new curtains for the cutest little trailer Kim fixed up as my guest suite–we named it the Butterfly Bungalow because she filled two water-troughs with blooming flowers outside the door for me!Butterfly Bungalow I slept so soundly and so full of dreams! Her meals were incredible feasts of simple handmade food and her thoughtfulness made every moment such pure pleasure!

“To have a loving relationship with a sister is not simply to have a buddy or a confident —it is to have a soulmate for life.”  Victoria Secunda

One morning I got up early to surprise her by starting a little mural outside her fiber shed. This is the “before” with my chalk drawings on the wallfibershed before and  my “after” with the painting started. fibershed afterMy hope is that everyone who comes to visit will add flowers to the mural!

I adore my little sister Kim…I am in awe of her hard work, her dedication, her dreams, and her creativity. I feel so blessed to have her (and her family!) in my life!

“A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.” -Isadora James

Kim & baby goat

(P. S. I’m already secretly planning to build a little shack out back to live in one day!)little cabin

Please remember to cherish the people you love in your life, find ways to spend more time with them, don’t let all the hectic, busy days of your life keep you apart!

touchStay in touch–call, write, visit!! Life is too short–capture the joy!

Be inspired by two sisters who lost track of each other for a quarter of a century and the then found each other again and will never, ever, ever be separated again!!!!!kim & kait at yosemite 2


“Bless you, my darling, and remember you are always in the heart-
oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape-
of your sister.”
-Katherine Mansfield

I love you Kim and can’t wait to be with you again!

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.


6 comments on “A CIRCLE OF LOVE

  1. Hey Friends~
    Thanks for all the loving calls and “welcome home” emails and fabulous flowers and kind words about my beautiful sister! I’m teaching my big PaperWorks “Addicted to Art Journaling” workshop tomorrow and then waiting for the Easter Bunny! Much love and happy weekend to all!

  2. Oh Kaitlin, I’m so happy that you and Kim have reconnected and now enjoy such a special relationship. Can’t wait for Kim to come to visit you so that I can meet her too!

    • Her ranch is a full time job and takes every spare moment of her time but I’m sooooo hoping she can skip down to Tucson to meet you and the fabulous Cottage circle of amazing women–everyone will love her! What’s NOT to love!!

  3. You look so happy in these photos! Glad it was a wonderful trip and that you were able to spend time with your sister and her family. I loved the “sister quotes” you included.

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