Do you ever have a moment that seems too perfect to be real? Like it’s a memory that you have where your mind makes it sweeter than it was in reality. Like how when you have a memory like this the people in it shine and every detail is crisp and clear. But, as your living it, in the moment, it’s like that. The moment is almost so beautiful that you stop and take notice and know that it is special and treasurable. There was a moment like that for me today. We had spent all day outside planting seeds in planters, the boys riding bikes, finding a salamander, and riding the tractor with daddy. We were cleaning up and preparing to go inside. Tim & Ben had just parked the tractor for the night. They were walking away from me and into the setting sun, rays of sunlight beamed from their silhouettes and through Ben’s blonde hair with his cape blowing away from his body. He looks up at his dad and says, “Daddy, after we eat can we go back out on the tractor?”
Daddy says, “It will be dark by then.”
Ben replies, “We can turn on the lights.”
My eyes met with Tim’s and we smiled at the love that this boy has for this tractor. It was a moment as simple as that and yet so beautiful that it filled me up and made me thankful to be here.
I've taken advantage of this warm and breezy weather we've had this week by hanging our clothes out to dry. Last winter I came across a blog post by Mommy Coddle in which she described a strategy for hanging clothes out to dry taught to her by her grandmother. Ever since I read that post I made a mental note to try it once nicer weather came around. Well, I've tried it and I can't tell you how much faster the clothes are drying. I know, you must be thinking that I'm crazy for spending time thinking and writing about drying clothes on the line, but if you dry most of your clothes on the line like we do, it will make a lot of difference in the time the clothes need to spend on the line.
On her site she remembers how her grandmother told her to find out which way the wind was blowing and then pin your clothes only on one side so that they catch the wind, the wind fills them up and flows through your clothing.
We went to see her again today. Even though she may not be aware that we visit her, we try to make the trip as often as we can because we love her. While reading a website about Alzheimer’s I came across this thought in reference to a daughter toward her mother suffering with the disease, “The long-time experiential relationship between the two was now carried only by one — one who still remembered all the love that once was shared between them. One who still loved, because she had not forgotten the past.”
from our day:
My sis with Grandma.
Me and Grandma
Max, Grandma & Miles. Miles asked to pose in a picture with his Great Grandma.
Cousins Miles & River
Kids just have a way of lightening almost any scene.
Long day for Ben. Lots of trouble to get into.