Today is my daughter Lisa's birthday; it seems like it was only yesterday she arrived in this world, all 6 pounds 7 ozs of her! She was such a petite and beautiful little girl and has grown into such a wise and wonderful young woman. Her beauty today includes not just her looks but her great mind, her love of learning, reading and writing. She is such a talented young woman and I love her more today than ever before, if that is even possible. Anyway Happy Birthday Lisa!
I am on the Tuesday Garden tour that MsGreenthumbJean has arranged so have added two slide shows of my gardens, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. My yard/gardens are a sanctuary and place where I not only get great joy from working in them but a place of rest, respite and prayer for me.
It has been a few days since I have been able to blog and check out RMS and favorite blogs due to my computer going down. It is now back in working order and I am soooo glad. You realize how much you use it and get attached to the blog world. My peonies are blooming like crazy and are beautiful...I took a good friend a bouquet of white peonies with light red tips and a red rose; she hasn't been feeling well and I thought it would cheer her up. My roses are also doing well this year. I must catch up on my favorite spaces before turning in so will blog more in a day or two.
On the eve of Father's Day I find myself thinking of my Dad, he has been gone for 10 years and that doesn't seem possible. I miss him and think of him often. I hope all the father's out there have a wonderful day and if you still have your dad take time to spend a few minutes with him and count your blessings. Also ask all those questions you want answers to....I think of so many things I wish I would have had time to ask, family history questions, questions about what life was like when he was in school, those kinds of things.
Meanwhile I will be spending time with my wonderful husband and honoring him on Father's Day, he is a great father, a wonderful son and the best friend I could ever ask for.
I am still reading through so many other blog pages and am so amazed at the talented and generous people in the world, sharing your lives with others. I am still trying to get the hang of this and am going to attempt to blog on a more regular basis.
Today has been a difficult day in our family, early this morning my adult daughter called me crying hysterically; her darling friend and companion for the past 15 years died. Abbie was a chocolate lab who has been the center of my daughter's life since her husband died very unexpectedly almost 8 years ago. It is a tragic story, they eloped in May 2000, 5 months later he turned 29 and dropped over dead two days later. He had a heart condition since a child but had a clean health report in April so it was shocking to say the least. He had gotten up at 4:00 in the morning and my daughter heard a crash and called to him when he didn't answer she ran to the kitchen to find him laying on the floor in cardiac arrest. She started CPR while also attempting to call 911....long story short he died later that morning never having regained consciousness. He was the love of her life and she has never gotten over his death. Since then her life has really revolved around Abbie. She has never had any desire to date again and has spent the last couple of years focusing on furthering her education. Abbie has been her confidant, support and love, she was such an expressive dog, she knew how to communicate in her own way and was such a sweet heart. I don't have grandchildren yet but as I like to say I do have 3 grand dogs! Abbie, and my daughter Kylie's, Jasmine and Lily! And yes they all come to visit when the girls do.
We just spoke last week about needing to consider putting her down due to her health problems but as I said she has been Lisa's companion and really her child for so long it is a difficult decision. This morning there was a thunder storm that frightened Abbie and she couldn't be calmed down and began to have great difficulty breathing. Lisa loaded her in the car and rushed to the vets office where she died. It is so very difficult to watch your children suffer and hurt, I don't think there is anything more heart wrenching for a mother. It doesn't matter their age, whether 5 or 30 it doesn't get any easier. You just wish you could take away the pain and make it all better. I have spent my day with her and she agreed to come home with me tonight and has been sleeping for the past couple of hours. It is difficult to understand why a good person may have to endure what seems like more than their share of heartache and what do you say to your child when they ask why would God allow this to happen this way. I realize that part of the trauma of today is also related to losing Rod years ago, so much of the event was similar to what she experienced with him and is like reliving it over again. Tonight all I can do is continue to pray for her and hope that she will be able to find peace in the coming days.
I love to garden, read, do scrap booking, and working on my beautiful old colonial home. I love to travel and have been fortunate to have been able to do so visiting many beautiful and interesting places, including France, Quebec City, Canada, Mexico and 46 states! I live with my wonderful husband and 2 of my children, and our 2 black labs Cordie and Bear.