I created this blog specifically with Mom & Dad in mind. Even though they can't be here in Oregon to enjoy their grandchildren, I thought this would be one way to help keep them in touch. I am also glad it can be used to keep all of my friends and family in touch as well!
A vase full
He's always bringing me something. I have to secretly get rid of things he gives me or I'd have a house full of "stuff" (he's gonna hate me when he's older and reads this). Whether it be a picture he's drawn, a rock he's found, a flower he's picked, a treasure he's dug from the ground or this...a beautiful bouquet of pipe cleaners. How my heart melted when he handed me the vase full of them. He was beaming with pride. Honestly, it stayed on my kitchen counter for quite awhile and proved a good conversation piece when someone would ask about it.
I hope Calvin saw how long I left it on that counter. It was long enough that he didn't seem to notice when I took it down. I hope he recognized how much the time he spent making it and thinking of me meant to this Mama's heart. I may not have kept that pipe cleaner bouquet around, but a made sure to take a picture of it. A reminder of the love that spills over inside this little guys heart.
W: "Mom, I really need to borrow your clothes basket!"
M: "What are you going to do with it?"
W: "Make a bird trap."
M: "Well, ok. Just remember to put it back when you're done and make sure it's not all covered in dirt the next time I need to do laundry."
Hours later, I came upon this...
The boys had rigged up a bird trap complete with some wood with sap on it to attract bugs for the bird to eat as well as some rotten strawberries in case the bird wanted those too. They had worked so hard together on this and were now patiently waiting for a bird to come close.
I love their imaginations.
I love their optimism.
I love their brotherhood.
A day to remember how lucky I am to have these two. Wasn't but 9 years ago I wondered if I'd ever be a mom...How blessed I am to now have not one, but two boys that call me Mom. Here we are at part of the Abiqua Falls trail on a little hike we took after church.
Today marks the beginning of our Blueberry Season this year!
If you'll take note of the date, it's SUPER early this year. Thanks to all the warm weather we've had lately, we're eating off our bushes almost a month earlier than normal. It caught me by surprise. The boys were wandering outside chomping on something and I realized it was blueberries! And they were actually blue! (They've been known to, out of pure angst for the season, take off a few blueish/purple berries and just eat past the slight bitterness)
I set out to test the berry's sugar content to make sure we could actually start the picking season and the boys could hardly keep their hands off the bushes. So, I put them to work...
Bring on the pickers! Any guesses on how many pounds we'll take away this year?!