. . . have been quite full and I'd really intended to not have so many days blank on La Maison et le Jardin. However, as life would have it sometimes, other things take precedence - like family.
Our daughter, her husband and their three littles (not quite so little anymore) have spent the past two plus weeks with us here at the CRF (Cactus Road Farm). Today, they all return to the NW and I've told the littlest (she's five) that I was going to cry a river all the way from Arizona to Oregon.
I hate it when they leave. I always wish I'd done more, spent extra time looking into their little eyes and hearing more of what's in their little hearts wanting to capture all of who they are as they grow up so stinkn' fast. Do you feel that way too?
My Grandfather August, who immigrated from Germany on May 18, 1928, always said that America's greatest curse was the U-Haul. Every time one of our kids takes off, I think of that worthy quote.
In spite of feeling sad I know the gift of time we've had together has been wonderful. We've done what we do best - being family, loving each other, playing with the kids . . .
watching kids play . . .
going out on little individual grandkiddo dates, talking, sharing . . .
giving permission to take a few self portraits with my little Canon . . .
having the littles do some farm work . . .
taking time out for special pastries . . . .
heading down to Lux Coffee Bar where Miriam got stung by a bee. . .
swimming at the Sheraton . . . .
and lots of hugs, etc. It's been all good and I thank God for His gift of family and the wonderful one that I have.