Monday, June 27, 2011

Come Walk with Me

   I love to get outside and walk. Life has been so hectic lately with Cody graduating and getting the kids to summer camps and trying to add on to my massage therapy practice....I have not been able to get out and enjoy the beautiful sunshine lately, but the other day, I went on a walk...

   My wonderful husband Dave, mowed a walking path through our hay fields for me. I love it! The walk up the farm road is a real workout for sure...My walking partners are our dogs that are brother and sister. We found them as tiny pups, just dumped off hiding in a culvert pipe on our road. There names are Native American names...hers is Sacari which means "sweet" and his is Lakota which means " friend to all". They are great dogs, and good walking buddies.

   There is nothing like being out in nature to just draw me right into the presence of the Mighty Creator. The hay swaying back and forth in the breeze just seems to be in praise...the way that the shadows roll across the fields seem to just testify to the power that made them....Wow God! And as incredible as all this beauty around us and I are His greatest love! We are the most valued of His creation. Do you know this? Do you know Him? I hope so, He already knows you ... He had a whole plan for you when He made you! Next time you are out on a beautiful day, remember that God is looking at you, admiring the beauty of His greatest creation.

  So... want to go on my walking path with me?... just click the Walking Path photo album at the top of the page :)


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Monday, June 6, 2011

18 yrs

   18 years sounds like a long time...unless your a mother with a soon to be 18 yr. old. How time has just seemed to slip by. The past couple of weeks have been a little busier than usual. We finished up our homeschool year, got our portfolios of work together, got our evaluations done, sent everything in to get Cody's diploma, and are preparing for a big graduation party this weekend. I would love to slow down and enjoy this...I don't want it to pass by and feel as though I worked on "it" so much that I feel I missed "it".
   I have had my emotional moments this past year ( you know this if you are a regular reader). Probably the most recent one was when a fedex box came with Cody's cap and gown in it....he was all excited and put the cap on...all I saw was his little face in his kindergarten graduation cap! Wasn't that just yesterday?! Of course that image faded and I saw the handsome young man before me. Oh, there are still shadows of that 5 yr. old ornery smile there, but this tall, strong, young man of God, has grown up before my eyes. I am proud of him...
   Any homeschool family out there will tell you... there are moments of real I doing the right thing?...Is he learning enough?...We took homeschooling one year at a time, and here we are finished!
   Cody has far out learned me...proof that God is in control. He did well on his SATs and earned a high honors scholarship and will go to college this fall...I DIDN'T RUIN HIM!!! This makes me want to hang in there with my other two boys and see this through. It has been hard, my husband & I both work, but we feel so strongly that this is our job to educate and train these boys. It has taken some getting use to me not being home full time, but with the boys older and able to work independently, it is working. (of course I want each year to be better than the last)
   So as I clean the house, cook for the crowd that is coming, sort through pictures to display...I want to enjoy, look up, take it all in. This is an accomplishment for our homeschool family, but it is a memory for us that I want to slow down and enjoy.
   Cody, we are so proud of you. Can't wait to see where God leads you!