Sunday, June 8, 2014

Springtime Joy

To my dear blogging friends,

Thank you for all of your thoughtful and caring comments that you left on my last post.  I had hoped to respond individually to each and every comment, but since I've not yet accomplished writing back to you all, I'd just like to thank you for all the love and support you have always shown me as I have gone through my times of grief.  I honestly don't know what I would not done without all of you, your encouraging and thoughtful comments, and your friendship.  Blogging has meant so much to me.  My blogging friends are some of the best friends I've ever had.  Thank you again for your continuing love and support.

Dear blogging friends, that being said, you may wonder where I have been lately…

I have been out there enjoying life and living it to the fullest during the month of May.  I have not gotten around to visit you all, nor have I taken the time to blog about each joyous event that has filled my days in the past month.  I so admire those of you who are organized, productive, live life, garden, hike, participate in family events, and have full social events while you also manage to post daily, or weekly, about all you have been doing.  That trait is not one I seem to share.  I miss reading your blogs and keeping up with you, and letting you in on what I've been doing, but I don't have the same discipline.  Blogging gets fit in around the edges of my life.  Lately, it has been edged out.

We have had many joyous events during May of 2014 in our family.

  1. My oldest grandson by marriage, Jim's grandson, was married during the first week in May.  The marriage took place in Logan, Utah.  This meant that my hubby and I traveled by car to Utah for the wedding.  This also meant that we had some great family time with other family members in Utah.
    Here's the happy couple,
    Caleb and Rachel
  2. Caleb and Rachel's wedding happened to coincide with the my oldest grandson's Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  We live 500+ miles from four of my grandchildren who live in Utah.  That means I have missed a lot of events in their lives that I wish I could have attended.   I was so excited to be in town for this milestone.  I'm so proud of my first born grandson.  
    Parker's Eagle Scout Court of Honor
  3. A week after we returned home, we attended Caleb and Rachel's wedding reception in Colorado.  It was a great wedding reception that included time with family, great food, and lots of dancing. What fun.
  4. A week after that, I flew back to Colorado to attend grandson Parker's high school graduation.  This time, I was able to extend my trip.   This allowed me to spend lots of quality time with my children and grandchildren.  Parker made my day, when on the Saturday before graduation he sent me text asking if we could go to lunch together so we would have time to chat. I was thrilled.  *Warning:  Parker shaved his head the day before he asked me to lunch.  It was one of those crazy impulses that kids do to celebrate graduation.   
    Parker and Grandma Sally
    Graduation 2014
    He said he missed his hair.  I can relate.  Of course, I remember that the first time I ever saw him he had no hair. I thought he was one of the most beautiful treasures I had ever seen.  My mind has not changed.  He is still a beautiful treasure.  I continue marvel and adore this handsome grandson of mine. 

    Parker and Grandma Sally
    March 1996
    Parker is one day old.
    Where has the time gone?
  5. I flew home from Utah so I could join my husband in watching his oldest granddaughter graduate with honors from high school in a ceremony held at Red Rock Amphitheater in Denver.  It hailed, rained, and tornados touched down in Denver just before the ceremony, but the beautiful Daphne had only sunny skies as she walked across the stage to get her diploma. 
  6. About a week after I got home from Utah, my oldest daughter Keicha came for a visit with me.  She came to be with me and her sister during the anniversary date of her sister's, and my daughter's, death.  We had the most wonderful visit that included a wonderful day spent with my niece Michelle.  She and Keicha are cousins and best buds.  They love to be silly, laugh, and share the special bond they have.  I got to tag along with them for the day.  It was a very special day.  The visit with Keicha was just what this mama needed.  

Keicha and Michelle
May 2014
At the Broadmoor
Today, the skies have been cloudy, and grey.  We've had rain.  We've had tornado warnings.  I even had to put my warm winter pants and fleece jacket while I read the Sunday newspaper.  Not only that, I actually had to turn on the gas fireplace to take the chill off the house.

It has been a crazy spring here in Colorado.  Even the pastor at church today said that today was one of those days when he just wanted to stay in bed and sleep when he saw the weather when he woke up.  I understood what he meant.  I felt the same way when the alarm went off this morning.  I thought, It's Sunday.  It is 6:00 a.m.  I am retired.  It is cold. It is rainy.  I should just stay in bed.  But, I didn't.  Thankfully, I was able to hear an amazing sermon that helped to build my faith and filled my heart with peace and joy.  

After church, my husband took me to brunch at one of my favorite places, Patty Jewett Golf Club.  Today, Pikes Peak, shrouded in clouds, could not be seen from our table that allowed us to look out on the beautiful golf course,  but the great food and the atmosphere gave us an uplifted spirit.  I even saw an old friend from long ago who was having brunch with friends. We made promises to connect soon. I came home to  read the paper at a leisurely pace in my newly rearranged living room.  Here is a panoramic view that includes the dog's toys and the newspapers.  We live rather casually around here.
I went outside to water the two new trees and three new bushes we planted before the rain came.  I took another panoramic photo of the back view of the house.  You can barely see my husband in the right corner of the deck.  He is wearing a winter jacket.  Yes, it is still cold, but the storms that threatened earlier today passed over us and just brought us some rain.  

The days have been full and happy as I have spent time with family in May.  I've celebrated a wedding, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, and two high school graduations.  That alone would make anyone feel happy and blessed. I hope to catch you up on the details later.  For now, I'm getting ready for the next big event in our family.

Later this week, we travel to Utah.  My son is getting married.

I'm so excited!  I can't wait to go to The Boulder Mountain Lodge in Southern Utah where the wedding will be held next Saturday.  I'll be taking a blog break from now until late next week.  I hope to catch up with all of you soon.


Kay said...

What an exciting time you've been having, Sally. Although I've been trying to post every day, it's not been easy. I don't get to visit everybody or anybody's blogs when life intrudes. I've been working for the past month and a half on our travel album and it's consumed so much of my waking hours.

You have been busy celebrating the glorious moments that life offers us! Jonathan is getting married? Wow! That's fabulous! I hope we get to see photos...

Terri Tiffany said...

what an exciting month! You are so blessed by so many family members

Marty Damon said...

Thanks for the update. What a busy month you had! It's good to see that you've had so many happy events to fill your days.

Grandmother (Mary) said...

thanks for catching us up on your big life events- there's been lots of them! Family sustains us, doesn't it? The photos are great. Good luck on getting some summer weather soon.

Betsy Adams said...

Love your 'catch up' post... I knew about most of these events --but it's nice to read a little about each of them here...

So glad that May was a wonderful month --and looks like June will be just as fabulous... Glad you are feeling well---and can enjoy all of these family visits and events...


Olga Hebert said...

Some major events happening in your life. So much like life, this blogging thing. When you have so much to write about, you don't have time. When you have the time, life seems boring and nothing to write about.

Anonymous said...

All of your kids gravitate to UTAH?????? Whatever happened to Colorful are many miles from grandchildren and children, must be all the mountains one can climb and national parks eh??? just joking, if we would know now what we know after 36 years of living tooo close to OREGON we would have stayed in the Denver burbs of aurora even though it grew like California cities, we would have moved to Elizabeth Colorado not far from where you reside and called it a day, 360 days to gold, 360 days to bbq food, always outside and hiking and biking, we miss colorful Colorado now Utah I spent sometime there it is to to to dry blue skies are okay doky but tooooo dry, they never get any moisture good living I am told but not for us..ciao!

Tom Sightings said...

So good to hear that your family is close, your life is full, and your future looks exciting!

Jeanie said...

Sally, I am so glad you are living your life and living it with joy! You've had a boatload of heavy duty stuff so far this year -- to have all these joyful occasions is just what the doctor ordered! We love catching up with you but mostly I love that you're out there able to enjoy again!

Linda Reeder said...

I have been trying to keep track of you on Facebook, but I enjoyed this post and your putting it all together.
You sound very happy, and I like that.

A Quiet Corner said...

Wow! What a full internet army you've had!! Perhaps after you return to earth from the wedding, you can simply savor each moment...:)JP

DJan said...

A very nice post, with lots of information about how you and your family are doing, Sally. In between the lines I feel your contentment. And you are building brand new memories with your wonderful relatives. Thanks for the update, and I look forward to hearing from you again next time! :-)

John Paul McKinney said...

Sounds like a full and happy month. Good for you. You deserve it, Sally.

Jackie said...

Sally....You HAVE been a busy lady.
And what beautiful events you have been privileged to attend.
I'm so happy for you. Truly. I want happiness to be your next best friend. :)
Parker: congratulations on that Eagle Scout!!!! What a milestone.
(And, Sally, I have to agree with you. You loved him first with no hair, and he is just as handsome now with now hair.) Love the impulsiveness of youth!!
Love you, my friend....and love being here at your blog.
Your home is lovely....beautiful...and inviting. Just as it should be.
Continue to share your smiles.
They lift me up....
Hugs a bunch,

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

Sounds like you are having lots of wonderful time with family. Blogging can wait! But now that you have written, thanks for the lovely update.

Perpetua said...

Given what a happy and busy month you've had, I think we can all understand your lack of blogging and reading, Sally. In circumstances like these family has to come first and everything just waits its turn. Have a wonderful time at your son's wedding and I hope the sun shines on the happy couple.

Rose said...

It's wonderful to hear of all these joyous events in your life, Sally! Congratulations to all your grandchildren and your son on his marriage. Enjoy all this precious time with your family!

troutbirder said...

Family. In the end its what the best of life is all about. Way to go, Sally!

Linda P. said...

You have been so busy. Enjoy your son's wedding!

Relyn Lawson said...

I am still thinking of you and praying for you. I just wanted to tell you that.

Terra said...

You are keeping very busy traveling to family events and those are precious and happy moments. And more coming up, I see.
Your home and shared lawn areas look very inviting.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

What a lovely May with family time. I did the very same thing, went to see our Sarah in UK:)
Love your house and garden too:)