Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Seasons

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I love that we live in a place with all four seasons. Just about the time you get tired of one season, the next one rolls in. As each season changes, I find myself heading out to capture the uniqueness that is each season. When I took these pictures, the leaves were just emerging. Now, two weeks later all is lush and green again.

I've been thinking a lot about seasons...specifically seasons in a life. A couple weekends ago the boys asked to watch our old home videos. We have video of both the boys being born, a few Christmas's and other random videos. To see them as babies again, my heart ached. I said several times I wished I could go back. Do it all again. I feel I rushed their childhoods and missed so much. At times, I didn't even recognize the person I was in the videos. I feel I've changed a lot since then. I've grown, and feel more confident in who I am. I know I struggled a lot back then with self esteem. I never felt enough. I felt I was always lacking. And maybe that's why in several of the videos I wasn't smiling. Oh....to go back as the person I am today. I truly believe I would cherish it, hold all the moments a little tighter. Cuddle and love on those babies longer and know that I was enough for them. My love was enough for them. But I cannot. That season has passed, and all I have are my memories and videos of a younger, unsmiling me. The me now, would go back to the me than and shake her!!

"Smile dang it!! These are some of your best times! You have a a good life, people who love you and beautiful babies. One day you are going to look back and wish you could have this again!" 

The season I'm in now...it's a good season too. I find myself holding on tighter, wishing time would slow down....knowing that it won't. Each season has it's time, and whether I like it or not...this season will soon pass too.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Cleaning ~ Flowerbeds ~ Planting

IMG_3202 IMG_3245 gladiolus2 gladiolus Spring flowerbed flowerbed2I've finally got my flowerbeds cleaned and planted sunflowers again in one of the beds. I will probably plant sunflowers every year. I just love them! I haven't planted anything in the other bed yet. I have gladiolus that have started to come up, but I still have room for something else. I planted daisies last year, but they never grew. This particular bed has more shade, so I'm searching for flowers that don't mind shade. I need to decide soon!

Every Spring I look forward to planting my flowerbeds. They aren't very big, but I've gotten so much joy since I planted them four years ago. Here's the post when it all began. I was so excited then, and have gotten the same excitement each year since. It's such a miracle to plant those little seeds and watch them grow into big, bright, beautiful flowers. Once I plant the seeds, I turn into a flower stalker! I'm out there everyday, searching for little shoots of green.

The trees have started to come to life. Little bitty leaves are sprouting. Birds are chirping. Spring is in full force. Along with allergies! Normally all the yellow pollen in the air doesn't bother me, but this year! It's killing me! It seems worse this year. At times I feel as if I'm choking on it! And eating it! Wearing lip gloss seems to be a magnet for it. I taste it all day on my lips. Not to mention in my eyes and contacts. I know it's all part of the season, but I'll be glad when all is green again and the pollen is gone! Ahhh......chu!

I went through my blog and found some of my favorite posts about gardening and my gorgeous sunflowers. Can't wait to see what I get this year!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Honey Bunny

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I wasn't planning on knitting a bunny. But I got caught up in all the bunny cuteness this month, and Honey Bunny was born.

I love how she turned out and she matches our room perfectly.

Pattern: Clare the Hare by Rhonda Potteet