I know I have a lot of opinions regarding homeschooling – check that – educational freedoms and choice, and I know I have a lot of opinions regarding how children are treated in our country and the world, but I promise I’m not a Negative Nelly.
I fully appreciate what teachers do each day in our schools. I may not always agree with their methodologies (and didn’t when I was a teacher either), but I appreciate that they work hard each day for children, and that most of them truly love children and hope that what they do makes a difference in a child’s life. I hope that my opinions regarding public school hasn’t put anyone off. I went to public school. My sons went to public school. I’m sure my grand children will go to public school. I’m not anti-public school.
I am not anti anything, to be honest and I detest the thought. I think there is a place for most things in our world and it all depends on people, situations, and circumstances. What works for one person may not work for the next person. That’s how it’s supposed to be. That’s what makes the world a beautiful place to live. Who am I to judge another for making choices along a path I’ve never taken?
I love this world we live in and while lately I seem to have come to this blog to gripe, for the most part, I am feeling exceedingly grateful. I am grateful for my husband. I am grateful for my children. I am grateful for our home. I am grateful for finding more balance in my personal life, including my health (I FINALLY made it to the dentist, you guys!) and I’m so grateful to those of you who have subscribed to this blog and actually take the time to read what I write here. I know you don’t have to. I know you have a lot to do and I want you to know that I’m so beyond words grateful for you.
I have so much to be grateful for and I want to focus more on that, because I think maybe if more of us do this and celebrate our beautiful lives, it may help someone else see the simple beauty in their own lives that they can celebrate, too.
Today, I want to share a few pictures from the week I hope that’s okay. It was a great week.
Just today, Kat played on the lawn in her pajamas with her Jessie doll. It was so beautiful to me that I literally almost cried and had to snap a couple of shots.
Ami, our Pointer Bulldog Rescue Hero frolicked along with her. He’s always with her; her great protector.
The Black-eyed Susans our neighbors gave us last year have exploded and oh how I love these happy flowers! I was so excited to return the favor to our neighbor yesterday by giving them a bouquet of fresh herbs. It was nothing, really, but it meant a lot to me to be able to pick those herbs, place them in an old pickle jar and take them to them. It touched me deeply. I may be silly, but I really don’t care.
Our rogue tomato plant in the parsley bed is loaded with green tomatoes and looks ecstatic to exist. I mean, seriously! Look at that tomato plant! I don’t think I even planted it. I think it’s from last year. Not sure.
My daughter wanted to do a bunch of silly photos. This resulted in her finger in my nose. Haha!
Summer means swimming and popsicles and yoga after a swim.
Our watermelon plant is taking over the garden and we have a couple of babies on the vine already and the blackberries are producing, but the birds beat us to the good ones more often than not!
Lastly, is the herb garden, which is spilling over with beautiful and tasty herbs. The Cilantro did bolt, but that’s okay. I’ll likely plant it on the Eastside of the house next year so it has more shade, but I can collect the seeds from these plants to plant next year.
It’s all about learning and growing, right?
Maybe that’s the Magic. Maybe that’s the Truth we can all take to heart. And maybe, just maybe, we can let other things fall to the wayside: the envy, the jealousy, the guilt, the hurt, the expectations, the criticism, the judgment, the melancholy, the anxiety, the fear, and we can rise up with a new Spiritual Energy that fills us with love and compassion, and empathy that can then spill over to others.
That’s what I want to hold on to and I think that’s where I want this blog and my life to go from here. I’m sure I’ll stumble. I’m a professional face-planter, in case you didn’t know, but that’s where I see myself going and I’m eager to be taking the first step.