You see, I told my baby girl we were going to have a good day today, and she promptly replied, "have fun?" to which of course I replied "yes!". As the summer draws nearer, my time with my children is dwindling away, as I will be taking classes, and studying, and therefore probably less likely to have all the fun I normally do with them in the summer. Fortunately though, we have great family that takes them in the summer, so they won't be totally missing out on fun.
The girls will gone for about three weeks, maybe more depending on if we get any extra "takers". I know that I am extremely blessed to have such family members that want to spend time with my children. That are able to spend time with my children. That are alive.
I very much wish that my grandparents had gotten to see my children, or that my husbands father would have lived to see the girls grow up. He was FANTASTIC with them, and me. He was so much fun, and full of energy (when he was feeling well). And boy could he cook, and bake. I miss him dearly. My own grandparents would have further instilled the traditions that I hold close to my heart in the girls, the old ways. A slower lifestyle, simple things...gardening, listening to the rain, sitting in a quiet house, and playing outside.
The way I am living my life now, is because of the way I grew up with my grandparents. I like to think of it as getting back to basics. I remember working in the garden with them, and climbing trees in the yard, exploring, playing with my cousins, feeling the sunshine on my body. I had a great life. All my life has been great because I remember that foundation of a stellar childhood.
Really, when I think back, I have had a wonderful life. I have been blessed so exceedingly by the people in my life, that I can look back, and knowing that there were bad times, instances when I felt wronged or mistreated, and I can still say, that my life is great; my life has been great up to this point. God has cared for me and shown me his love through all the people he has placed in my surroundings.
Sometimes when we lose someone we love dearly we wonder how we will get through it. I am alive, and very well, and therefore proof that it can be done. I thought I was going to die, when I lost my grandmother, and I very nearly accomplished the task, but God sent so many people into my life to carry me through. My heart is bursting as I think of all the people that have held my hands in one crisis or another, and I am still here. The tears that are in my eyes are ones of joy, because I know how much I am loved, and have been my whole life. I am very thankful for this wonderful life that I have and I will continue to try to live it in a way showing my great appreciation for it.
Okay that was not what I sat down to write, but that is what obviously was in my heart. I wish you all a very beautiful and blessed day. May the Lord bless you and keep you always.