Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Japan And Letting Go

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Japan Bound!

japanbound2 Fonzy and boys zeke and titus2 Ezekiel, Sydney and their little dog Cinnamon have landed in Japan! I'm so excited for them and this new adventure/chapter of their lives, but must admit my Momma heart is aching just a bit. Japan seems so far away! And three years seems such a long time. But these two are ready to tackle the world and all it holds for them.

As parents it's so hard to let go. But letting go is part of the deal. We get them for such a short time, and it's so easy when you're in thick of it, to want them to be older. Be more independent. Not need you every minute of every day. But then it happens and you wish to go back in time, do it all over again. But this time around, you'll cherish all the moments and pray time to slow the heck down! I wish this with all my boys.

For Samuel, who we only had for 19 years. I often wonder what he would be like now at 28. Manuel 27, with a family of his own in Texas. How I wish they were closer. Ezekiel 19, married and half way around the world now. To Elijah, the baby at 16, still at home. We have 2 more years with him home, then who knows where life will take him. Soon, so very soon all of them will be living their lives away from us and all we'll have are the memories of the precious few years they were ours.

For those of you with little ones still at home. CHERISH this time. All too soon, it will be gone and you will be wishing for it back.
I sure do.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Wildflowers

IMG_3357 Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. 
~Luther Burbank~

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunflower Field!

DSC_0260_2 DSC_0426 Nyla and Titus DSC_0245_2 DSC_0236_2 DSC_0364 DSC_0268_2 DSC_0230_2 DSC_0360 Advice from a sunflower: Be sunny and bright! Rise, shine and hold your head high! Spread seeds of happiness!

A sunflower field in the evening is sure to bring a smile to your face! If you are in the Raleigh area, you must head out to Dorothea Dix Park and check out the field of sunflowers. I promise it will brighten your day.

My sister and I headed out Monday evening after work and was there until the sun set. Nyla enjoyed running among the flowers and Titus wanted to play with all the dogs and give all the kids kisses. It was kind of hard to get pictures without other people in them since the field is a hot spot for pictures, but we ended up getting some cute pictures.

Best way to end a Monday.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Boneyard Shawl

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The makings of my Boneyard Shawl
 shawl_beginning shawl7 shawl8 shawl6 shawl4 simple_knitting_2 mothers day ring_shawl shawl2 DSC_0043_2 shawl3 shawl DSC_0062_2 I've never been a fan of shawls, but since making this one, I now have a long list of shawl patterns I want to knit! I'm a little obsessed!

For my first shawl, I wanted something fairly easy to knit and the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West was perfect. The pattern was easy to memorize, and the knitting was comforting. It felt good to sit down after a long day and just knit to my hearts content without a lot of thought to the knitting.

Since finishing the shawl it has gotten lots of use, even though its the middle of summer. When it gets a little chilly in the house with the AC on, I just grab it and wrap up. When we took our trip to the mountains I brought it with me and was so glad I did! It was cool and rainy as Fonzy and I sat in the bleachers at the college watching the football camp. Some days at the office when its so chilly with the AC pumping I wish I have it with me! Restaurants too! I just need to start carrying it with me everywhere. I see it getting plenty of use when the weather cools. Or one of  the 100's I have saved to knit. Need more knitting time!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Quick Mountain Trip

riverside car knitting IMG_2906 mountains2.JPG IMG_2922 IMG_2826 IMG_2905 IMG_2878 IMG_2923 mountains3 IMG_2958 ghost hunting Two weekends ago we took a quick trip to the mountains for a football camp at Western Carolina University. It always feels good to get away for little trips. Fonzy and I are hoping to take more little trips once Elijah graduates. We have two more years to an empty nest!

Driving through the mountains I thought about how splendid it would be in the Fall with all the vibrant color leaves. Definitely need a Fall mountain trip, and maybe a ghost tour! If I can convince Fonzy! It would take a lot of convincing!