These warm days get me thinking about seasons changing and color! We currently have forsythia force bloomed on our table. From now until frost, there will be a homegrown arrangement on the table. So lucky to have this farmhouse and all the bounty of perennials and the garden for annuals. Hopefully this year will be like last last year, that we share bouquets regularly. We love to show up at nursing homes, fill their vases and leave the dining area colorful and we love dropping off bouquets to folks who could use a little cheering. Plus my kids love to pick a bunch and have 'free' bins in front of the house for pickup. Here's a small sample recap of what we shared last year. We welcome color and are excitedly awaiting the crocuses. They must be coming soon!
I'm a bit behind. Winter Wildlife Day, we go every year at Laudholm Farm. Here are the critters we met:
"It seems like any time a person wants to hurt another person's feelings, he says nasty things about his looks," I said,exasperated. "What possible difference could it make how a person looks if he is a good person?"
(Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White)
When a teenager protagonist in my current book expresses her viewpoint on beauty being only skin deep, it speaks right to my heart. I'm hoping that my trio will hold fast to the truth that true beauty comes from one's heart now, throughout their teenage days and beyond. Some days I feel like I'm constantly sowing seeds without reaping any quantity of yield. Praying our never ending conversation of the importance of kindness is progressively planting seeds for an abundant harvest one day. Keep on parents, Don't grow weary, for this is important work raising the next generation.
Maine Maple Weekend was this past weekend. Maine Maple Weekend is pretty much a holiday in Maine. Everyone and their brother, sister, cousin, 2nd and 3rd cousin was out at our local Maine Maple event. Justin did bring the big two, but didn't stay long because there were so many people. Most of our celebration was at home. Pancakes. Tea party. Gowns. The Royal Ball. Classical Music. And then a dance partner arrived, dressed up, shocking all at The Royal Ball. I just cannot delete any of these pics, moments I want to remember forever.
After we posted of our fun at the Medieval Faire, a long time friend and blog reader decided to surprise Audra with a homemade four piece outfit (and gifts for the other kids as well!). Audra loves it. She loves dressing in character and she especially loves layers. She has gotten quite a bit of use out of it. Thank you, Sara!