Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday the 12th

Yesterday was Mother’s day~ my 4th overall and definitely the best yet. My thoughtful husband brought me flowers and took us to dinner at my favorite restaurant on Sunday and bought us a cake too! Talk about spoiled! And how blessed. Last mother’s day, I was eagerly anticipating our little guy’s birth and now I have him in my arms to kiss and hug and squeeze. I praise God everyday for my children and thank Him for their health. I never want to take it for granted. I am so undeserving.

It’s a beautiful May early afternoon and I am typing from our front porch. I got an early jump on the week's laundry and it is an absolutely gorgeous spring day so I thought we'd venture outdoors today. The kids are being artistic with their sidewalk chalk and Josh is next to me munching on a snack. David can’t seem to be contained to the driveway. I guess there’s too many interesting things to see and touch and smell and feel and hear to be limited to the concrete. Dabney is telling me she’s a unicorn named Daisyflower as she practices writing her letter D's with a large pice of pink chalk. (A few days ago she was a horse named Twiggle.) She also tells me that David is a horse named Jim.

This Saturday, we’re entertaining again. It will be a larger party than we’ve had in a while~ 21 kids all together, including ours. I’ve been finalizing the menu and putting my last minute shopping list together. Praise God for our backyard~ I’m not sure what we’d do without it. I just love summer entertaining. I feel like I should make a meringue pie, but it’s not on the menu this time.

One note to consider on hospitality: I’ve taken a cue from my parents’ early days of entertaining and invited the single guys in our church, as well. We love to do this because often times, these men don’t get home cooked meals regularly and they really love the fellowship with other families. Also, my husband was single for many years before we married and I know how appreciative he was to the families that “took him in”. And when you think about it, as long as you’re going to the trouble to entertain another family, what’s a single guy or two (or three)?

My citrus trees are doing well, and I’m putting them outside this afternoon for the first time this season. I hear we’re in for a bit of a cold snap tomorrow or tomorrow night, so I hope after that they can take up their summer residence in the backyard. I’m not positive yet, but I think we might have limes this season! I pollinated the flowers that appeared in the lime tree about a month ago, and the buds haven’t yet fallen off (like they would if they were dying) so I’m hopeful that we’ll have limes this time around.

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