Fanning the fire midweek, we are tossing you a spontaneous quote, question, or conundrum related to Monday’s post. We invite you to riff on this prompt or share a story—heartbreaking or hilarious—to spark further conversation about the path of motherhood.

Well, this is it. For one year we have drawn a new card each week and blogged about how that card speaks to us, inspires us, and stirs us as mothers, women, sisters, daughters, and humans. In The Mother’s Wisdom Deck of 52 cards, Abundance is the final card, completing this journey around the sun with a flourish. The card call us to harvest the ample blessings that have been birthed through this year of sharing our stories and musings about motherhood.

Niki and Elizabeth

photo compliments of Erin Dollar Kott

For Niki…

I celebrate the connections the blog has forged. We have sent decks around the globe and my vision of the deck like the moon has been realized. Just as you can feel connected to someone on the other side of the world by imagining she is gazing up at the same moon, I dreamed of the deck being an object of illumination that mother’s can tap for inspiration and the affirmation that they are not alone. I love that the deck and this blog have indeed become a portal where mothers can meet for a good laugh or a good cry.

I am grateful for all the moments with my children that I noticed and was called to reflect upon and write about as a result of your willingness to read my thoughts and share in my journey.

I feel stirred to continue elevating the path of motherhood, seeding new projects in the fertile ground of community and inspiration that this blog has created.

For Elizabeth…

It was so cool to get to know the deck more intimately, to work with it as friend, teacher, compadre. I  learned so much about myself.  I loved never doubting that the right card always came at the right time.

It shifted me from wanting to find the answer outside myself to trusting that answers could arise from the clarity within.

I always had a sense of abundance right before I pulled a card, knowing there was a cavalry of archetypes awaiting, ready to preside over the altar of my heart.

And I loved feeling connected to you our readers, feeling your kindness and encouragement hovering in the atmosphere. I felt your presence as my week unfolded and was delighted when you were moved to comment.

And, for you? We’d love to hear what abundance this blog and The Mother’s Wisdom Deck has brought into your life.

We hope you will come along for our next journey around the sun. We will continue to draw inspiration from the deck and will be weaving this thread with threads of insight from neighboring mamas, wise women, gifted teachers, and anyone else who may contribute to the conversation about mothering with soul. Stay tuned for enlightening interviews, thoughtful reflections, and regular doses of heart and humor. We will be blogging with just as much depth but slightly less frequency. For the daily beat, be sure to like us on facebook.