Friday, November 28, 2008

He got one!

Ralph killed a hog Thanksgiving day! He happened to look out right before dark and saw that the hogs were out in the field again. So he got his gun and went out and took aim and here is what he hit. The girls were kind of grossed out. Ralph was happy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Answer to the Question

So, Morgan asked her Daddy last night if country girls spit. His
answer - yes, but country ladies don't. I know now why I let him
answer that one, he is so good.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Question of the Day

As a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM), I get a lot of questions through out the day. Some are very serious, some make me blush, and some are just slap your leg funny. Today was one of the slap your leg days.
The girls and I had walked out to the mail box, and as we were walking back Morgan leaned over and spit. Then she looks at me and says, "Momma, do country girls spit?" Not sure that I had understood her, I asked, "What?" "Momma, do country girls spit?", came the question again. So, do you know what my response was, "Honey, ask your Daddy." She asks me why she needs to ask her daddy and I tell her because he knows the answer to questions like that. Sorry Ralph, if you can avoid the sex questions, then I am avoiding the spitting questions. "OK.", she says, then promptly spits again. I guess she had her answer.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

View From My Front Porch

Today I was cleaning house, and as I walked by one of my windows,this is what I saw....

Yes, that is wild hogs, eating Beaver's rye that is just coming up. Sorry for the grainy photo, but I was literally on my front porch getting this shot. I didn't want to scare them off before Ralph got a chance to "scare" them off.
I never know what I am going to see from my windows - and I love it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

View from My Front Porch

Here was the view from my front porch this afternoon - 3 girls having absolute fun, in the rain, on the trampoline. I may pay for this later with them being sick, but for now, this is worth it. They are loving life, and I am letting them.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Passage from Maya Angelou

I have just finished reading a book that was written by Maya Angelou, the title is "Letter to My Daughter". She has one child, and that child is a son, but she has many "adopted" daughters.
There was something she has written that struck a deep chord with me, and I wanted to share.

" I find it very difficult to let a friend or beloved go into that country of no return. I answer the heroic question, 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is here in my heart, and my mind, and my memories.'
I am besieged with painful awe at the vacuum left by the dead. Where did she go? Where is he now? Are they, as the poet James Weldon Johnson said, 'resting in the bosom of Jesus'? If so, what about my Jewish loves, my Japanese dears, and my Muslim darlings. Into whose bosom are they cuddled?
I find relief from the questions only when I concede that I am not obliged to know everything. I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know, and that what I know, may not always be true.
When I find myself filling with rage over the loss of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns and questions should be focused on what I learned or what I have yet to learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life?
Did I learn to be kinder,
To be more patient,
And more generous,
More loving,
More ready to laugh,
And more easy to accept honest tears?
If I accept those legacies of my departed beloveds, I am able to
say, Thank You to them for their love and Thank You to
God for their lives.
" Letter to My Daughter"
Page 108
Maya Angelou

Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist. I do believe that Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life. But, I also have asked the same questions she has asked. Death hurts. It hurts physically, emotionally, spiritually. It also is a teacher. It has taught me to love each moment, not just the "special" ones. It has taught me to let the little things go. Ok, actually, I am still working on this one. My to-do list sometimes gets the better of me. It has taught me to be thankful, for each moment that I have with the ones that I love.
Yes, death has a deep sting, but life - joyous life and memories bring love.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

How we spent Halloween

The day started out with me volunteering at the girl's school. The school was having a celebration for the faculty and kids for being an 'A' school. That means that they did really well on the FCAT, that wonderful test that everyone loves. So, I got to put popcorn in the bags for the kids. That meant after I was done, I could go around and see what the girls were doing at the different things they had set up for them to do. It really was a lot of fun, and I am glad that I was able to volunteer. I think the girls actually enjoyed having me there!
When the celebration was done, I checked the girls out early. It was an early release day anyway. We came home and ate an early lunch and then Ralph came home and we headed to Tallahassee. We had told the girls since we were no longer living in a neighborhood, we really could not go trick-or-treating. So, we asked if they would like to go watch High School Musical 3. That was met with a resounding "YES!" We caught a matinee.
Then we went and bought our Christmas ornaments for this year. That is always a holiday tradition that the girls enjoy. They go back and forth on which one they really want. Madison got a Tom and Jerry one this year, Laney a Hannah Montana, and Morgan a HSM 3. Ralph and I got the John Deere and the Mary's Angel that we always get. It is so much fun watching them try and decide. They kept saying, "Well, I just get this one next year." They have no concept that it won't be the same thing next year!
Next, we had to go shopping for Morgan. She has been selected to be the Flower Girl for the homecoming court for BHS! She was so excited when we told her that she was going to have the opportunity to do this. She keeps asking me if today is the day, so we have begun a countdown to help her know when it will be happening. The first store they all did really well, then it was downhill from there! Fortunately we were able to find a dress, that was both appropriate and one that Morgan likes.
It was a long evening, but it was so much fun being with the girls and shopping and watching a movie. They never asked about not having a costume, and I don't think they missed trick-or-treating. Besides, they brought enough candy home from school! And that is how we spent our Halloween.