Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Full of Grace

1.  With the girls home from school and working regular hours, we are once again enjoying family dinners.  And even nicer is that we can eat together outside.

2. Even though I have been nagging Martha to get her boat out of the driveway and into the water, it was fortunate that she has ignored me.   We share a dock with our neighbor and this is what it looked like on Saturday after a massive rain storm.  I have never seen the lake water this high.  It did make for great kayaking though as I was able to explore much farther down the little creeks around the lake.

3.  It's been just about 10 years since my father died.  I don't seem to mention him much as he was a man of few words but he taught by example.   I am grateful to be able to spend Father's Day enjoying warm memories and recognizing more and more what a positive influence his quiet strength was in my life.

4.  My baby girl turns 21 this week!   We made it  through raising two daughters to adulthood without pregnancies, arrests, or addictions. Well, at least that we know of.  

5.  Summer fruit.  All of a sudden the markets are teeming with berries and melons and oh I am a happy girl.


  1. I am convinced that sharing meals together is one of the greatest indicators of family strength and happiness. It is a shame that so few familys are able to make time for this important ritual. Perhaps we would have fewer teen pregnancies, arrests and addictions : )

    Happy birthday to Peachie and congratulations to you and Martha for surviving it!

  2. Wow, that's a lot of extra water! Are your beautiful new steps submerged? At least you were able to use it to your advantage in the kayak.

    Family, whether it is memories of your father or dinner time with your daughters, is so important. When I hear people complain about spending time with their families it makes me sad. Either they had a shitty family or their priorities are terribly skewed.

    Summer fruit. YES!

  3. AnonymousJune 18, 2014

    I'm loving all the berries right now - YUM! And so, so good for a harried single mom trying to get a healthy breakfast on the table - there's a giant bowl of them in the fridge and I don't care if they put cream or cheerios on them!

    Family dinners are SO important. I miss them when my kids are with their dad, I can't imagine when they leave for good. Yikes! So glad you're getting to enjoy for the time being!

  4. I love sitting down to dinner with my son (sonS when they are both here).

  5. My son's schedule is much too erractic but my daughter and I are together often. And often food is involved.

    That bit of water is too much for my taste but I'm glad you got some fun out of it.

  6. AnonymousJune 20, 2014

    i love family dinners... no cell phones allowed and the conversation is just flowing. sometimes i wish they had better filters - but i'll take it...

    enjoy the kayaking... looks like that would be a lot of fun!

  7. AnonymousJune 21, 2014

    That's a nice memory of your father.
    And this made me laugh. Out loud. "We made it through raising two daughters to adulthood without pregnancies, arrests, or addictions. Well, at least that we know of."
    Congrats on getting there.