Well, I'm still here but I'm stumped. Stumped, as in where to begin. There's been a lot going on for me recently- all of it good, all of it time and/or thought consuming. This leaves little time to write. But I want to chronicle these times and I want to include you, so here we go- a little snapshot of (some) of what's going on. Since I'm a list girl....
1) My grandfather passed away last week. This is the sweet man who was married to this lady. After 71 years of marriage, they left this world within two months of each other. His passing is truly a celebration. While losing my Grandma was a bit unexpected, Grandpa had been sick recently and for years was not himself. The thought of them reunited, whole and in the presence of Jesus has kept tears at bay. This time love and peace are dissolving my tears before they begin. How can I be sad? Instead, I am thankful and looking forward to coming together with family to reminisce his person and life.
2) Everywhere I look I see flowers and green! Each year this overwhelms me. Out of dullness, comes life and vibrant color. The birds, insects, sprouting plants, young chickens happy as can be in the chicken tractor, blueberry bushes accepting their first rains (in our yard, anyway)...it all leaves me so happy and hopeful and keeps me from wanting to leave our yard. Like, ever.
3) Four more weeks of school. Four more weeks of school. Four more weeks of school. The kids are actually doing fine with it- it's me that's struggling. I want to be doing other things! The mild weather and all things related to number two above leaves me feeling restless and giddy. Like I've had too much coffee. Oh, wait. Maybe it is the coffee...
4) I am living, breathing and dreaming honey bees! We placed our order and are expecting two hives worth of honey bees in a couple weeks. I cannot tell you how excited and nervous I am. More than any other hobby we've started, this one is the most exciting for us. We've been thinking about beekeeping for years. Jamey built the first top bar hive last year but we didn't feel quite ready so we put it off a year. He's built a second one, the bees are ordered and I've been reading and watching everything I can get my hands and eyes on. I have SO much to say on the subject, but for now I just want to say that I am in utter AWE of God's creation of these little creatures. Awed, stunned, amazed, impressed and incredibly humbled.
Much more about this (and other things) coming soon, but for now, I need to hit the books again. And tend my own little brood.
Enjoy this beautiful time of year!