This picture was taken by my sister Anna, (if I am remembering correctly), and is of my little sister Bailey and my nephew Jackson, (Anna's son). The journaling reads: Bailey was so uncomfortable holding her nephew Jackson - babies in general are "not her thing" ...for right now anyways. You could never tell by looking at this picture though! Picture was taken almost five years ago, and I am happy to say that Bailey's baby phobia is getting better...now that she has 5 nieces and nephews and another on the way, that is a very good thing! :)
Yesterday we attended the young man's visitation as he had committed suicide earlier this week. It just breaks my heart that someone so full of life and with so much to offer the world could have such a troubled heart and feel that there was no other way out. I can only imagine how this young man's mother feels, his family, those that love him. I only saw this young man but once and he brought warmth, laughter and a general feeling of goodness to me and my day. I wish that I would have come right out and said that to them both, that I would have thanked them for their smiles, their interest in life and living on that particular day.
Also discovered that this place exists, (Serena-you and I will have to make a special visit!), and that they sell cheesecake by the slice at our local market...yesssss! Scrapbook pub and cheesecake. All is incredibly well!
Mother's Day weekend was a pleasant one here, Ethan gave me the gift of time and I was able to work on some projects that I wanted to finish up and I was able to get started on some others as well. We went to the nursery here in town and picked out some plants and then spent an afternoon digging in the dirt and soaking in the warmth of the day. It felt really good to get my hands dirty and to feel that warm sun beating down and to be with those that I love the most. Really, really good.
Yesterday was the last MOP's meeting of the semester. We now break from our "meetings" until next Fall, though we have arranged for weekly play dates at the park for the summer months and a craft night once a month for just the moms. Very cool. I am so thankful that I was asked to join this group, in the beginning I was skeptical as I never was one for organized groups, (I thought), and wondered what it was they were after...but I have really made some great friends, Zoey's made some great friends and I now have an incredible support system in place that will hopefully carry into Zoey's school days. Really have been blessed, it has been an incredibly empowering experience to share stories with these women. I was a bit sad that it was the last meeting for the year, but am now knowing that I am looking forward to participate again next year as the Arts and Crafts Coordinator.
Been catching up a bit on all the routine things that the life of a family entails...and today I am hoping to get a bit of Spring cleaning started and to start going through and donating old clothes and other stuff that we've accumulated over time and just gets in the way of living.
And this just made me cry. You can learn more about the Hug Campaign and this man's story by clicking here. It's just a reminder to me that it all starts with just one person and that it could be me or you.
Yesterday we hiked around Shannon Lake again, this time half way around we discovered that a tree was down blocking the path, so that made for an interesting ordeal with Zoey along. Basically I went over and then Ethan handed her to me and then he followed. Then, after Zoey was done throwing rocks in the water and "testing" the temperature of the lake she decided to sit in the water...let's just say it wasn't exactly the warmest of days. Zoey thought it was exciting though and didn't seem to mind in the slightest!
And, now the weekend is over again...Ethan's back to work and that means Zoey and Mama are teaming up again! :)