Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sometimes I do wonder....

Even when I wonder who you'd be, I know I am a better person for having known you, however short a time your life was.

For that, I am thankful.

Happy 13th birthday, son.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Freeze Frame

It's hard to believe another school year has come & gone. Here are pictures of the girls on the first and last days of school.

Morgan - August 2010
Morgan - May 2011

Laney - May 2011
Laney - August 2010

Madison - August 2010
Madison - May 2011
Yoder girls on the first day of school 2010

Yoder girls on the last day of school 2011

Being silly, while I'm trying to take pics. Gotta love 'em.

Madison assured me she was not going to cry during her 5th grade walk. She didn't. She did however break down when she got back to her 5th grade homeroom for the last time & saw her teacher, Mrs. Guilford. Which of course made me cry.

Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for this lady and the time and energy and love she poured into our daughter.

Thank you, Mrs. Guilford for preparing our girl for Middle School and for life.

So, another school year is finished. Another chapter is closed....

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Freeze Frame

Here's a "snap"shot of one of the things that has kept us busy this week.

Get it - "snap"shot...
We've been busy picking, snapping and canning green beans.

Ralph and I were talking this morning and he said that there would probably be 1 or 2 more pickings and the beans would be finished for the year. And I thought, wait we just started harvesting.

Then it hit me, there is an intense time of planting, then maintaining, then harvesting and canning that goes along with gardening. Then a time of enjoying the fruit, or vegetables in this case, of your labor.

Kind of like raising children. There are intense times, that lead to a hopefully happy fulfilled harvest (kids).

Madison is finishing her last week of Elementary School.
That means Middle School is next.
I didn't like Middle School when I was in it. I have a feeling I won't like it any better, parenting thru it.
But, that's ok. It's all part of the process of growing up

The key is to stick to it in the intense, difficult times and trust there will be a happy harvest in the end.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Freeze Frame (a few hours late)

This Friday's Freeze Frame is late.

I know, I know.

I can offer up all the excuses on why it's late  - like Morgan's been sick and out of school for 3 days (true).

Or, Ralph had an encounter with a mad momma cow while he was on a 4-wheeler, that left him bruised, but thankfully not broken (also true).

Oh and for kicks he landed in poison ivy-which he's highly allergic too (yep, that's true as well).

Or a sudden rescheduling of a softball game, moving from Friday to Thursday (again, true).

Or, how about the fact Laney got her orthodontist work done this week and it's been a bigger adjustment than I thought it would be (true).

Or, I took an airplane to Ireland (Not true, just checking to make sure you were still paying attention. But I will tell you, my mom and sister are going this week and I admit that I am very jealous.)

Or a midnight call from the Sheriff's Department to let us know there were cows out in front of our house (true - again).

Factor in end of school activities, and well, I just didn't get it done.

There I said it.

I didn't get something done.

Guess what, the world did not stop spinning.

And it's ok.

Whatever big things, or small things come our way, our attitude will determine the outcome.

With that in mind, I say, "Let's eat steak!"

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Freeze Frame

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to try something I have never done before. Ralph took me golfing.
Here Ralph is lining up, getting ready to make a swing.

Yes, he's still smiling. We found the key to enjoying golf together, was not to take it seriously. Extend grace to one another. And laugh. Laugh a lot.

Laugh when one gets in the sand, because inevitably the other will. I just don't have pictures to prove I was there.

Here I am taking my "baseball swing" as Ralph called it. I admit I had a hard time not treating a golf club like a softball bat. Let's just say I had plenty of holes to fill after I teed off.
Look closely at this picture. Do you see what I see?

Yep, that's the tee flying through the air. I am not sure it's supposed to do that, but mine did.

In all seriousness, we did have a great time. I think we may have found us a new hobby.

It was perfect weather, for a perfect date. I'm looking forward to the next time....