Saturday, May 14, 2011

Time In A Bottle

Emily at 11 - Seven years ago.

Leah and Daniel with my nephew's dog, Alice,

taken when we were building our house in the summer of 2004.

The children posing on our property in 2004

on what is now one of my walking trails.

I am acutely aware of the passing of time, for many reasons.

I just celebrated my 46th birthday two days ago. At breakfast when my elderly age was being commented on, I realized that I had known my husband half of my life. Wow! That's a long time to be with someone. I only had three years with my dad but have been blessed to share 23 years with the same man. I thank God for that blessing.

We are in prep mode for Emily's graduation party which is next Sunday. That's just over one week to pull it all together! Usually by now my gardens and landscaping around the house have long been weeded, pruned and cleaned up. Enter (so-called) spring of 2011: cold, snowy, rainy and generally miserable! So, I've been waiting to get out there and this week was the week. My back is a little sore today but the shrubs have been pruned, weeds have been pulled, dead plants removed. We are now in the process of putting down new mulch.

Of course with all that yard work to accomplish, the house and garage haven't gotten much attention. That will be the focus today and tomorrow. Even though it's a cold, rainy day today, I want to get out in the garage and clean it, although with three dogs and lots of dirt in the great outdoors, I'll probably leave the garage floor until later.

Anyone wondering about my fabulous eating plan? Hmmmm... Is birthday cake one of the food groups? That's been my downfall lately. Emily baked me my favorite cake: my mother-in-law's famous "Kay's Rhubarb Cake". Soooo yummy! Then Daniel decided he needed to make me a cake as well: vanilla cake with orange buttercream frosting. It's delicious and beckons me to have a piece more than once a day. So much for going sugar free! Both cakes are almost gone so there's hope for me yet. If I hadn't been walking with my sister and in a gardening frenzy, I'd probably be in real trouble!

Yesterday the children got out our video recorder and started watching old family videos on it. Talk about being made aware of the passage of time. There are loved ones who are no longer with us on there; my children as babies, toddlers and little children... Seriously, if it wasn't so cute, it could have brought me to tears. I realize with my head that my children are a gift from God, on loan, for a time. All the while, however, they are growing and maturing and if things work the way they're supposed to, they will grow up and leave our home. My heart just needs to catch up with my head, I guess.

So that's where I'm at. Preparing for a new phase in our family, with our eldest daughter graduating and going to college. Not only is she 18 and graduating, she's even met and begun dating a young man. We like Trent. He's respectful, mature and very kind to our precious girl. He's enlisted in the Marines and will be leaving for basic training tomorrow. He's got a bright future ahead of him and who knows, it may include our daughter.

It's a lot of change in a mighty short span, but with God's very real presence, we march onward with anticipation and maybe just a twinge of longing for days gone by. I guess it's a good reminder to me: Wake up! Don't miss these precious and fleeting days. I say that frequently, but as I just celebrated my 12th bonus birthday (that's what I call my birthdays ever since my cancer diagnosis) I can't help but be grateful for the gift of life, chaotic and challenging as it may be.


Leah Marie said...

that’s very true. time flies when you’re having fun! :)
thanks for showing me how to balance a checkbook- or whatever that was you were showing me. haha:)


Pansy Cottage Girl said...

A late Happy Birthday to you! Yes, those darn years fly and if we didnt have children to help gauge it I dont think we would realize how fast it goes.

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Congratulations on your 12th bonus birthday too, Praise the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11

Leslie said...

congratulations to your lovely emily! (my emily is 21, so i hear you on the growing-up-too-fast thing.) and a belated happy happy birthday to you! wishing you many happy returns of the day...

Emily said...

Well that's a lovely first photo... But anyways, time does fly! I can't believe I'm almost graduated!

Natasha said...

Boy, time does fly by so quickly! I am sure this new phase will be a beautiful and exciting item for you-enjoy it!

Belated birthday wishes to you too! I hope your day was special and that you have a great year!

Blessings and best wishes,

Libbie said...

What cute pictures! I can imagine you are CRAZY busy! Kate is scrambling too but she even has a few weeks here but time sure does fly by now doesn't it!?

I can't even all the emotions you are going through right now...if you are anything like me I am sure your eyes tear up often with all the changes your family will be facing here...I even teared up at Annie's school chapel she performed in today because I was so sad she was growing out of first grade! sad huh? :) & then I read what you are going through & I feel pretty lucky that she is just out growing first grade :)

Happy Birthday by the way! That cake sounds way too good I HEART RHUBARB anything :) I would gobble it up too!