Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Fistfull of Flowers

My "Snow in Summer" is in full bloom right now.

I am admiring and exclaiming and oohing and aahing over them as I am taking pictures.

Just like I always do when another flower blooms in my garden. I guess Jayden was noticing this because not long after he came in with these.

I asked him where he had picked them and he told me of a place along the driveway that was not part of my garden. Good... I thanked him, put them in this vase and took another picture.

Then Marcus came in with a bunch of weeds. I tucked them in with the flowers and taking this picture I exclaimed how beautiful it was and "Thank you for bringing me flowers, boys, they make me so happy!"
Then not much more than a few minutes later, Jayden came in with a huge grin and a fist full of these beauties! GULP! Those were from my garden and had just bloomed a couple of days before! I was NOT too impressed! Weeds and flowers from along my driveway are one thing... THIS was quite another. I have SO FEW of these daisies to begin with and after heaving a huge sigh, in which he looked at me sort of confused, I managed to smile and thank him while reminding him that I would rather he not pick the flowers from "mommy's garden".
I am ever thankful that I purchased this beautiful vase at the thrift store. It gives the flowers such a pretty place to show off! Much better than just a plain glass vase, I think.

Also thankful that I saved myself from getting angry with Jayden about the daisies. He really just wanted to please me because I said "flowers make me happy". I love him so much... he has such a sweet character.

I must admit I have failed in the past... but I am getting better... truly a work in progress every day.

the Value of These...

"It is not good
for all our wishes to be fulfilled;
through sickness we recognize the value of health;
through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food;
through exertion, the value of rest. "
~Dorothy Canefield Fisher

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Perfectly Pink

My life has been filled with a lot of pink lately. This beauty just bloomed today in my garden.Another daisy... just a darker pink than the first... unveiling the inner beauty of itself.

Playing dressup and tea party with sister, Racheal. Portulaca blooming amongst my lettuce plants.

Tea cup that I picked up at an antique store while shopping with Racheal.

All dressed up for the ball my beloved and I went to on Saturday evening.

Some fun shots at a park before the evening began.

Gifts for my friends... just because I love them.

Monday, June 9, 2008


Thankful today for COLOR:

31. The unexpected YELLOW of this "Iris".

32. The brilliant BLUE/PURPLE of this "bachelor button".
33. The color of Strawberries as they turn from CHARTREUSE to GOLDEN ORANGE to ROSY RED,
34. And, of course, the color GREEN emerging from BROWN in the spring sunshine.

35. Our row of Potato plants, growing strong, planted just a few weeks ago by Jayden.

So eager for new baby potatoes. Yum, Yum.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

"O Give Thanks...

...unto the Lord, for he is good..." Psalm 107:1

In my garden today:

21. Purple Alium? in spherical splendor.

22. "Jacob's Ladder" blooming in the rain.
In my home today:

23. Brothers playing together....
24. A dining room table...

25. and yummy goodness to set upon it (chicken fettuccine)...

26. surrounded by five chairs which seat us family as we dine together.

27. Carpenter husband home safely from an "out-of-town" job.

28. Allan's baby words when he sees the pretty necklace I'm wearing. "I smell it?" (I guess if it looks that good it should smell that good, too, right?)

29. This quiet, cold, rainy June day as a family...

30. and a warm home to enjoy each others company. (I actually had to have the fireplace going today... SO cozy and content am I).

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Happy Thoughts

Thankful for:

18. The curve of his soft "baby" neck ( he's 2 1/2 but still my baby) where he tolerates the kisses I lavish upon him.

19. The letter handed to me by my 6 yo. (a drawing of me with the words, "mom i love you" printed at the top) ... feels so good.

20. An evening out with my sister yesterday... good, encouraging conversation... I love her.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Closet Organized

So here it is... the "before" and "after" of my closet. It took me about 2 hours and I got rid of ~14 items for Charity and cut up ~10 items into rags. I put away an entire tote FULL of clothes that were too big and put away another tote of maternity clothes and winter sweaters. It still seems like I have a lot of clothes though, doesn't it?

:::AFTER::: sure feels good!
Note: This closet is shared by my hubby and I.

Now on to the children's clothes... I love organizing!
...when I'm in the mood to do so, which is not always, believe me.