Welcome back spring! We're all excited to see you again. I can't complain about our winter though, because it was relatively warm. And I know we'll have a cool day still from time to time, but it's exciting to see the leaves return. God's promise of a new season.
Dear 16 1/2 year old child of mine...please quit growing! Please quit talking about collage, flying and the Air Force. Please quit dreaming of leaving home. I don't think I can handle it. How did my "social butterfly" grow into such a handsome, polite, intelligent, Jesus loving young man overnight? Don't stop dreaming, but please stop growing! Love, your desperate mom!
I love spring. I love watching the trees come alive with buds popping out and flowers magically appearing. Every year it's a little different. And after the winter most of us had this year, spring was a welcome relief! I love watching each variety of tree produce it's own special flower, but I have my 2 favorites. The redbud tree is probably my favorite with the dogwood right behind it. Their flowers are lovely and I love watching the bees do their job with each.
They are always working!
Each season of blooms must end, but life continues forward.
We are ALL ready for spring. We may not have had the snow that the north has had, but we are not used to it being so cold for so long here. One day last month it was in the 60's and I grabbed up the kids and we went hiking. It was just too pretty to just hang out at home. So glad we did.
Over the river (stream) we go...
To the top of the hill...
To halfway down...
Someone's gonna fall off the ledge...to my defense, I HAD handed off my camera to the kid standing in the water and it was more like a large step down that I missed and landed bottom first in the cold water...and to kids laughing. Plus I had put my phone in my front pocket, just in case. Ha! Ya gotta live life! Best day ever with the kids...not really best day ever, but it was a great day.
And totally worth getting wet over!
It's so much prettier when the leaves are on the trees.
Taking waterfall pictures when I hear..."Hey mom, look." Geez, boys!
Come on it, the water's great. Not.
It may be a tad blurry, but it's my favorite picture. I have no idea what he was laughing at, but it's pure joy. Oh and the dork went and stood under the water. Get out and live life! It's way too short, so make the best of every day!
It's been a tough week for most people. From tragedy in Boston to disbelief in West, Texas. We (hopefully) turn to our faith as we struggle to understand why. As children, we are (hopefully) shielded from some of the wrong in the world, but it tends to hit home when something hurts you. We had an incident last Sunday. I had no clue. I went to bed and our 12 year old came and woke me and asked me to come to his room. Not having any clue, I went with him, where he promptly burst into tears, telling me he wanted to move and he did not like it here. Talk about coming out of left field! This sweet, tender hearted child was struggling with a problem and kept it in all day because he didn't want to ruin "our" day. My heart just broke for him.
He cries silent tears. He always has. He crashed his bike years ago and scraped his body from left eye to right hip on the pavement...HORRIBLE road rash...and not a tear. I cried for him and even told him it was ok to cry and yet no tears. So as big croc tears fell onto my leg, I ached to know what had hurt him so bad. After 30 minutes he explained how his friend had betrayed his trust. And he was so terrified that kids would find out and tease him. My poor baby. Friend betrayal is so tough for a 12 year old...or anyone for that matter. But after getting him calmed down and a guarantee that no one would know, he finally fell back asleep. Of course that meant that daddy and I were WIDE awake and ANGRY! (Parents were contacted and punishment received.)
Unfortunately after hearing back from 1 parent the next day, what he said turned out to be true...I was hoping just a cruel joke. He is over it and back to his sweet self. He is not ready to forgive, which I understand, but I know he will eventually. He is not one to hold a grudge. I just hate that it was a lesson he eventually had to learn...much sooner than I expected. As I posted on his facebook page, "Jesus knows you're strong." He will overcome and be stronger for it.
Honestly, I'm tired of boring, winter pictures...and kids that need haircuts! And kids that don't smile on command...or do dishes...or clean their rooms...wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, boring winter pictures. Come on spring, grace us with your presence!
I was beginning to think winter had abruptly ended. It's been rainy, humid and 70+ degrees...IN JANUARY! The windows have been open and the house aired out...nighttime walks and peepers chirping in the darkness. I will miss it as the cold weather returns...but know spring is a few short weeks away. Thank you God for our little taste of spring.
Spring blooms are almost over and it makes me sad. Although some people will not be sad to see the spring pollen bloom finally over. Yesterdays pollen count was over 750 pollen grains per centimeter...that is NOT good. But I'll be taking pictures until the last bloom fades!
It was really quite difficult to photograph these beauties, believe it or not. I was constantly fighting the harsh sunlight and the dark shade. I may be too picky, but out of approx 200 photos, I pulled about 26 "good" ones out.