Wednesday, May 29, 2013

[ Keeping Busy ]

Spring life has been in full swing in our household. Memorial Day weekend seems to mark a time when all craziness begins to wind up and hits the ground running. This past weekend was no different. Saturday was full with much needed landscaping around the yard. Including planting flowering plants, re-spreading chips around the house and mowing the grass. We spent time with family every day this past weekend and soaked up as much as we could. Through bonfires, going to a water park and spending several meals together, it was a weekend full of family. The Hubs and I soaked it up.

Tuesday we hit the ground running. It marked the beginning of the last portion of the Hubs school, which means less hours at home and more hours at school and work. We can see the end and know that it's close but it's going to be a long 2 months and July cannot come soon enough!

In the meantime, while the Hubs is off learning and working, I have a to-do list of things to get done this sring that will hopefully keep me busy:
  1. Plant the Vegetable Garden
  2. Prepare for our Family Garage Sale
  3. Begin Studying to become a Trained Weather Spotter (more coming on that later!)
  4. Learn How to Use My Crockpot
  5. Reread the Harry Potter Series
So far, the list is off to a great start too! 80% of the garden was planted last night. Book 1 of Harry Potter has been read and I've moved onto the 2nd already. AND I bought price tags for the garage sale. Ya, I would say spring is off to a pretty strong start. 

So 3 cheers to spring as we started off running this week, raise your glasses and let's keep going!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

[ Spring has Sprung ]

I feel like this day has been one a long in the making (and apparently, I'm feeling all southern tonight). Warm gold sunshine, a walk along the lake with a good friend and Remington... it was a night to soak in. The changing of seasons this year from a very long winter to a wet spring has been building with anticipation. There always seemed to be another snowstorm around the corner, but after seeing this magnificent tree and amazing sky- I am going to go out on a limb and say that spring has sprung. And it's sprung beautifully! Even Remington got to enjoy tonight as we took him down by the lake and he thoroughly enjoyed fetching from the water.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

[ Our View ]

This view will never get old... 

No matter how long I stare, I love my backyard view.  Yesterday, I got to mow the lawn for the first time this year.  Plants are beginning to pop out of my little gardens and the leaves have actual leaves on them. It's about time to welcome warmer weather, that should stay for a while, we are hoping for a 90 degree day today. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

[ A Grampa Birthday ]

My two grandpa's are a day apart. They are both incredible men, rich with wisdom and history. They are solidly rooted in family and God. They are men who I know love me and I had the privilege of having them pour into my life growing up. They taught me how to love their wives, how to love their kids and how to love their grandkids. I learned how to shoot gophers, the importance of an ice cream cone and to always use kind words. So happy birthday to both of you! You are incredible men of God and family!

Meet Papa Al. He turned 80 yesterday.

Grama, Papa & Me

Meet Grampa Rex. He turns 80 today. 

Grampa & Grama Boda and Grandkids
Yes, I am in the photo above, along with all of my sisters, 
but for sake of not wanting my sisters to drive 18 hours to my home
 and personally give me a whooping for putting this photo up, all will go unnamed. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

[ Raindrops and Tulips ]

The changing of seasons has me all giddy like a kid staring at a Christmas tree. Except that I know what is coming. I know that the trees are about to change into a beautiful array of lush greens. I know that my tulips are about to pop and soon my garden by the back patio is going to begin filling back in. I know what's going to happen. But I am excited! 

So I challenge you to embrace the change, embrace the humidity and some string of rainy days. It means your toes might get wet and your hair will get a bit fuzzy. But it also means something is changing! Beautiful sunny days are on the horizon!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

[ The Smell of a Good Day ]

Warm sunny mornings are my favorite. It's easy to get up with the fresh aroma of a good day and warm golden sunshine welcoming you out of bed. On these days I enjoy coming into work early. It's quiet, only a couple of staff members are here this early too. There are no phones ringing, no emails popping up, no one making coffee in my office. The only sounds are the birds outside my window, busy making their spring nests, and one of my favorite songs.

Sometimes morning are grey and it's hard to get up and begin enjoying the day, but on days like today- I'm up, I'm ready and enjoying whatever is coming my way....

Here's one of my favorite songs, if you want to listen along...

Monday, May 6, 2013

[ I Dont Like Mothers Day ]

I don't really like Mother's Day. And I don't like that I don't like Mother's Day. I like my mother, a lot actually. We're good friends. And I like Sundays. I even like celebrating the beautiful person that my mother is and continues to grow into, teaching me all along the way. Celebrating mothers is important. Moms should be applauded, celebrated and cheered for. But Mother's Day could and should be so much more.

I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and at this point the Hubs and I don't have children. We are not in that place yet and have made that choice. When we are, it will be wonderful and I will embrace it with open arms. Yet not having kids has made me more sensitive. Sensitive to other women and their beautiful journeys. Celebrating a day solely for women who are mothers, leaving the others hurting at the wayside, strikes a chord with me that resonates deeply and hits a nerve.

What about those who struggle with infertility? What about those who have been abused by their mothers? What about those who have lost their mothers this year? What about those who have struggled through miscarriages? What about those who are mentor or spiritual moms? These women matter, but they don't match the cookie-cutter mom with kids in tow. These women should be celebrated, acknowledged and not forgotten. Each story is beautiful, telling it's own narrative of love, hope and grace.

So this Mother's Day, I want to celebrate mothering women. I came across a blog that explains my heart in words so eloquently and clearly, they hit straight to my heart. Her words commend mothering for the ways it reflects the Image of God. It's beautiful, freeing and made me a little teary eyed as she celebrates all of our beautiful journeys.

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you

To those who experienced loss this year through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

To read the blog post visit her blog at: Messy Middle

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