Monday, May 23, 2011

My Special Day

Today's my birthday, so this post is about... well me!

I am so happy! Not that I wasn't happy in Australia, but I was ready for a change and boy is life wonderful here! I've managed to find a musical outlet here (I played the oboe in a wind ensemble for 10 years in Australia).  Here I'm singing in my church choir and have had the opportunity to play the oboe in a small ensemble and as duet.

I've met some great people and made some close friends. Not only that, but my best friend from Colorado (where we lived 13 years ago) is moving to a house just FIVE minutes from me!  AND we just found out last week that our close friends from Australia have joined the same company as my husband and they plan to move close by.  My kids have known their kids since LD was 3 and DD was 1! Next year I won't feel like quite the wallflower at the company Christmas party!

And how amazing to see our family so often -- we've seen the grandparents on both sides no less than four times this year already (for us this is an amazing blessing). My sister, her husband and kids lost their house and most everything they own in a flood in Nashville last May. They decided not to rebuild (they homeschool, my sister works full time, while my brother-in-law goes away for weeks at a time with the Nat'l Guard. They have a busy life). Just a couple weeks ago, they closed on a 33 acre farm with a lake. They are very, very happy! My sister is amazing and I am lucky to be very, very close to her (as I am with my sister-in-laws as well). Truly, I have a wonderful family!

I'm not playing soccer or field hockey these days, but we got a used treadmill when we moved here and I use that regularly.  It's a great outlet for me!  ED is actually old enough to let me do that.

I've read some wonderful books (just for me!) lately. Can you imagine??!

 This spring has been a wonderful gardening adventure for me and the kids. I had a small garden in the Outback, but as you can imagine, it never did real well.  Our garden is doing well and we find the whole process is pretty miraculous and amazing! The kids are thrilled to be eating their own lettuce.

We sectioned off the garden (so that the kids could claim certain areas).  The boards have been fabulous because they allow the kids and their young friends explore the garden freely without me having a heart attack. The kids are great about just walking on the boards!

I have two areas which are covered with mulch where the kids can stand as well.

We have a wonderful crop of lettuce -- and have lots of other things growing well (peas, beans, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and sunflowers so far).

We have quite an eclectic garden because everyone wanted some of each. So if you look closely, you'll see there's lettuce in various places all around the garden!

We all love spending time out here and plant something new nearly every other day!
DD and I are memorizing this poem. I just love it! 

Don't worry if your job is small,
And your rewards are few.
Remember that the mighty oak,
Was once a nut like you!

I might not be growing 'mighty' but I certainly am still growing in wisdom. 

So that's about it.  Have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday! It's so great that your enjoying your day and the time right now. I love reading your blog and wanted to post our experience of homeschooling the other day when you wrote about organization, but then didn't come round to it. Maybe another time.