Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Vineyard

Passage John 15:5:
   5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 Our home school field trip to go grape picking in Pierson, Fl.  What a beautiful life we have.

                                                  Ready or not here we come!

what does a girl have to do to get a bucket around here?

Okay, maybe I don't need a bucket!
It's kind of itchy under here...
Maybe I will try over here...
Oh yea this is the life!
See Maddy this is how it's done.
Don't worry I've got the hang of it.
Mr. Sam teaching Ella
Our buckets are full now it's time to eat.

"Best field trip ever"

A bowl full of blessings

a jar filled with love

and people full of grace.
Thank you

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pinky's last day

"For death begins with life's first breath and life begins at touch of death" ---John Oxenham

Our first furry family member died today.  Pinky our gerbil was very much loved in our home for her three years of life.  She will be dearly missed.  She did not die alone, but surrounded by ones that loved her.

It was an honor to have you in our family.

The girls were able to say their goodbye's

"I wish you could live forever"

"I love you Pinky"

"I will miss you"

GOODBYE  Rest in Peace Pinky

Well some goodbye's are really hard to do!

Some of us have a harder time letting go.

Okay, one more kiss goodbye.

"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim."
(Vicki Harrison) 

“Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart, and bids it break.”
(William Shakespeare)


My children experienced death today.  As a mother it is so hard to see their hearts breaking, but at the same time, I encouraged them to lean into the pain of their loss. You are only able to release pain when you allow yourself to feel it first  Heartache is a tricky thing.  If you run from it, it will engulf you like flames.  The only way to get throught it is to walk right into it.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A week of memories

Well, it was a busy week.  I had a family cook out, I assisted on a wedding shoot, I made a new friend, I had a play date,  we went on a field trip to a chocolate factory, Amber began her first official school year and lost her first tooth, Hailey crocheted her daddy a hat and Ella went a week without TV or computer!  Oh and I learned how to use Skype! Thank God for technology...I can now see my husband. It was a good week, but honestly  I was tired, worn out and feeling sorry for myself , but God always knows how to put things into perspective.  At the end of the week I visited my Nana who is in the early stages of Alzheimer, but progressing rather quickly.  Although it is hard and she is often times frightened, she is very funny and can laugh at herself most of the time.  She made me realize it is not what you take out of this world, it is what you leave behind that matters.  She may be forgetting this world, but this world will not forget her.  She has not lost her memories, because I know right where they are...her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her great grandchildren are holding on to them for her.

"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much."   ----Bessie Stanley

                                                             Memories of the week past....

                                                                Hard at work

                                                        Amber showing off her missing tooth

5 bucks!  I only got 25 cents from the tooth fairly.

                                         Hailey's latest goal accomplished.Learn how to crochet
                                         and make daddy a hat.