This space has been neglected lately, thanks to a combination of busyness and my general ambivalence about being online. But I find myself drawn back to Across the Page, remembering the good things this discipline of daily writing provided. One of the best is the Friday Fave Five roundup, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, that gives us an opportunity to survey the highlights of the past week.
1. Celebrations! This week I marked both 17 years of marriage, and 40-ahem years of life. Both are inestimable treasures! I am so grateful for my husband, and the life we’ve created together — a life which includes two children who celebrate in a grand way, weaving a labyrinth of streamers and balloons throughout the house, baking a beautiful cake, and making a card to go along with the beautiful placemats they gave me.
2. Caterpillars. Yes, after a few years off, we are recapping our monarch butterfly hosting on a smaller scale than in the past. It’s always a wonder-inducing experience to observe their metamorphosis into gorgeous, fragile, astonishingly durable flyers who will travel much farther in the next few months than I will.
3. Sunflowers. Our garden has produced the usual bounty of beans, cucumbers and tomatoes, but in addition we have the pleasure of seeing sunflowers actually grow! Usually the chipmunks eat them when they are first sprouting, but this year they made it through and now tower over everything else. It’s fun to see the birds and butterflies enjoying them.
4. School supplies. I enjoy being poised on the verge of the new homeschool year, when I’m feeling rested and ready, and when all the supplies are shiny and new. A few months from now I’ll feel differently… but let’s just linger here for a moment!
5. Recent vacation. (I’m just under the wire here, since it ended last Saturday!) For years, we never really took a vacation; as small business owners it can be tough to get away. But for the second year in a row, we actually loaded up and left town together. In retrospect, the week flew by, but at the time it seemed relaxed and wonderful — a “still waters” season.
As usual, I reach the end of the list feeling blessed. How was your week? I look forward to seeing others’ posts at Living to Tell the Story.