You came to me in the water, bringing the fullness of life with your crying lungs, flailing limbs.
You are so small and scary, new.
But, you are also beautiful and precious, perfect.
You are hard work and late nights and sleep deprivation.
You mean a deeper sense of love, shared between lovers that want so desperately to be good for you.
You've brought a roundness and a color to our world that was not expected.
In that surprising glory, we've found our home.
And you mean our world.
words by Juniper's first love, Kaia, a warrior, maker, and forager mother. she lives in her treehouse home in Eugene, Oregon with her explorer husband and their art.