I've been a little occupied this year friends, and quite honestly I'm having a hard time. This kid here..
went and did this in February...
and this in May...
So here I sit a crying mess because Tuesday morning I send Ryan off to Ft. Jackson for boot camp. Then he will have training to be a chaplain's assistant in the National Guard. He is my oldest and the first to leave home. I've been on an emotional roller coaster this year... so proud of him, yet so selfish and want to keep him safe at home. What keeps me going though is to see his excitement when he talks about it. This kid is ready to do something with his life and this momma is having a rough time with it. His influential years at home have come to an end and from here on out I have to trust God that He will watch over Ryan and keep him safe. I've heard moms talk about this time in their lives; but I never thought I would feel this heartache with there being 2 other kids still at home. So if you would, Ryan and I would appreciate your prayers. Thank you my friends!
It probably doesn't help my emotional level that I found out 2 weeks ago that I have an enlarged uterus with fibroids. I am scheduled for a hysteroscopy on Aug 22, followed by a robotic partial hysterectomy on Sept 5. Doctor reassured me that it's not cancerous and nothing to worry about. Enough about me...
Not much going on around the homestead to blog about because I have been wrapped up in my family and our last few months with Ryan, but I have spent some time outside. I went a little petunia crazy this year... well I should say Amariah did. We have pots of red and pots of striped red & white in the backyard by the pool. She picked these beauties out, love the color combination she chose...
The Twilight Viola was really pretty this year. It looks like pastel pansy.
Something new I tried this year is Lantana. Oh my I love these pretty flowers and beautiful leaves! They look so good in the old whiskey barrels. Wish they were perennial.
The pink double knock out roses bloomed out beautifully as always, along with the single knock out yellow roses (oops... should have deadheaded and cleaned up around the mulch before the pic, hehe).
I transplanted the hosta to the back yard and must say she is loving her new home... look at the lushness of those leaves!
I just realized all of my flower shots are close and don't show the overall picture. But here is one little vignette that will greet you on the front porch. I love how the red of the double begonias complements the red and white enamel pot that it's sitting in. The cute fence piece was a Christmas present from my sweet mother-in-law.
I think it's bedtime friends. My little mind is an emotional wreck but coming here and putting my thoughts and feelings in writing is good therapy for sure. I have not actually talked to anyone about my feelings so this has been good for me. Thank you for being the best blog friends ever. I appreciate you and your prayers!
I'm grateful for the time that I've had with my son and very thankful that God chose me to raise him! Sure, I can look back at all the if's and where I went wrong but I choose to live in today and try my best from here on out.
Thanks for stopping by friends, miss you TONS! Have a delightful week ahead~