Wednesday, July 22, 2009

another birthday celebration

Monday we celebrated my son's tenth birthday. It was a pretty busy day. He invited his closest friends to go to the river with him and his dad. His sister and I stayed home to clean the house for the party. We had a great time. Hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled. Grandparents joined us for the dinner and the ice-cream cake. Dawson doesn't care for regular cake, so we always get him an ice-cream cake from Dairy Queen.

The night before his birthday, Dawson decided that he wanted to look through his baby book with me. Of course I was more than happy to oblige. What sweet memories we have of our children. I'm so glad that I took the time to record those things that years strip away from my mind's remembrance. Dawson was especially pleased that I had written my wishes for him. His daddy never got around to do that, and Dawson gave him a hard time about it - in a joking sort of way. When Dawson read the birthday card that accompanied his gift, he noted that his dad actually signed it along with a little note. He then said to his dad, "At least you signed my birthday card - NOT LIKE MY BABY BOOK!" It was funny. I was pleased to notice that Dawson took the time this year to actually read ALL of the cards he received. Most of the time, the kids just tear them open and toss them to the side so they can rip into the actual gifts. I guess it's a sign of maturity that he did that. Now I just need to get him to sit down and write thank you notes to send to everyone. Now that will be an accomplishment!

Thanks again for sharing another happy time in my life.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

not living up

Well, my husband shared with me yesterday that I've let him down concerning our garden this year. I feel bad about that, but my heart hasn't been in it this time around. You see, I was late in planting, then it rained and rained and flooded the garden. Then the rain ceased for a long time and well, it just hasn't been as great as last year, so I haven't been consistently tending to things. You can barely see one of the plants because the grass is so tall! I think next year I won't be using horse manure to fertilize it. The manure has way too much grass seed in it and it's too much work. Another thing I won't be using is those wire cage thingies that are supposed to support the tomato plants. They are just not sturdy enough and now my plants are bent over once again, making it difficult to actually find the tomatoes. The only thing that has really produced well this year are the bell pepper plants, and boy are they producing! My cucumber plant didn't make it at all, so I'm missing out on the fresh cucumbers this year. The corn has also been a disappointment, but in a way I'm glad because like I said, my heart isn't into it and if I'm glad I don't have to do a lot of freezing.

I really do hate that I've disappointed my husband, though. I semi-jokingly said to him, "I can't be all things to all people!", but he didn't buy it. *sigh* I will have to invest more time and money into the next garden. I intend to put down weed control of some sort, like plastic or a bunch of mulch or SOMETHING. I will still stay away from poisons though, because that would be defeating the purpose of growing our own food, if you ask me. I'll also try to start another compost pile and keep it going this time.

OK, so enough rambling about my short-comings for today. I apologize for not having anything more interesting or entertaining to share with you. My life has been rather ordinary lately, which can be a very good thing because that means there are no crises happening!

If you haven't watched the video I shared in the previous post, go ahead - you'll never forget it. ;0)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Breakfast Song

I can't believe I've never heard this one before. A friend of mine sent me the link. Another thing I can't believe is that I listened to it in it's entirety! After you watch it, tell me if you think this song is meant for celebration or if it's the blues - I had a hard time figuring that one out. Oh, and you're welcome. ;0)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Independence Day 2009

Today is the day we celebrate the independence of our country. It's always been a special day to me. It's another opportunity to spend time with family and friends and to remember the great people who have made America the free and awesome country that it is - all by the grace of God. This year it means even more to me as I think of my brother who is currently serving in the Army, stationed in Korea. It's sobering to think that he might soon be put into harm's way in order to continue the fight for America's freedom. Freedom comes with a cost and can never be assumed.

I know I don't have to remind those of you here live in America to stop and think of the cost of our freedom. I'm sure all of you have at some point today, or will before it's over, given thanks in your hearts to God Who has blessed us with a life here, and also say a prayer for those who continue to serve and fight for us all.

God bless America!