Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trees, Christine

by Christine

Grounded to earth

But split between two worlds

One heart

Reaching for all of her children

One arm towards the heavens

One arm here on this planet

One heart

A constant struggle


about the piece.
Christine talks about her piece, "When I was thinking about this month's topic of trees, I was at the same time contemplating all of my children. So often I feel split between worlds, between children. I have four children in heaven and two on earth. I was taking photographs of different trees and saw this one, which inspired the poem."

about the author.
Christine started this journey June 3, 2001 when her daughter, Nora Elizabeth, was stillborn at 37 weeks. She was beautiful with black hair. It was at that point she realized that she needed to grieve the three children she lost to miscarriage and was able to go back and give them names, Mackenzie, and twins Peyton and Jamie.
She has used art therapy throughout the years to move with her stages of grief. Christine enjoys experimenting with many different mediums, including photography, watercolor, scrapbooking, and charcoal. Christine currently lives in Iowa with her husband, her children Corey and Abby , her dog Ellie and her three chickens. She shares her life lessons in her blog, Contemplations from the Cornfields. 


  1. Beautiful image and words. I am the mother of a surviving twin so the theme of being split between worlds really resonates with me. I am so sorry for the loss of your four beautiful children, Nora, Mackenzie, Peyton and Jamie.

  2. Thank you so much Catherine. I am so sorry for your loss as well.. much love.

  3. Sending you so many hugs, Christine! Wonderful to see the beauty and creativity of your photos and words and heART here on Still Life 365. Miss you much and thinking of you every single day! xo k-


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