This week we enjoyed beautiful weather which meant LOTS of schooling outside! It makes for a great opportunity to observe our busy little bird friends during their homemaking season. And we are able to watch spring appear before our very eyes. Makes me happy that we can be outside learning from our lesson books and learning from nature, too. And, there's nothing like watching pollen dust clouds roll through the backyard. That yellow green haze is a sight to behold!
Ryan is enjoying his guitar lessons. His instructor bragged on how well Ryan is progressing in this first month of lessons. He said that Ryan is a natural (like father like son) and is progressing and understanding faster than some of his beginning seventh grade students. A mama just has to share such good news!
We also took a super big field trip to my hometown to visit family and to fish, fish, fish!!
Here are lots of pictures from our weekend!
|Jonathan and a very large brim|
|My dad and Ryan|
|Fishing at my dad's - and playing in the water. All three enjoyed getting wet. It was a hot day in south Alabama!|
|Most of the crew going down to another family member's pond to fish.|
|Ryan reeling in a bass!|
|Jonathan's big bass! Uncle Brock went into the water to get him.|
|I love that my girl is country at heart, just like her mama.|
|Most of the fish we caught this weekend we released to stock a new pond. The others we just threw back.|
|Here the kids are helping Uncle Brock feed the fish. The kids released 23 brim, 4 bass and a few dozen tadpoles!|
And here is my favorite video of Jonathan catching a fish with my dad:
Getting serious for the first time:
Though we may think something that has happened is a bad thing, God certainly uses all things to bring about His good. This weekend was proof of this. I can't be completely transparent about my feelings, but I will try my best.
My mom and dad have been divorced since I was 12. The first ten years of their divorce their relationship was not friendly, and it was not easy on us (my brother, sister and I) to see this. But then, there was a period of almost two years where dynamics changed, and they were friendly again. Life was much simpler for us (the children). But then, the dynamics changed yet again and one of my parents wasn't welcome around the other anymore. Such a huge shame!! Now, through another divorce, life is simpler again - for us. My mom and dad can be around one another without issue! This is the way it should've always been.... I have seen divorced parents "do" divorce beautifully and now, my parents and our family is one of these great examples. My mom has been welcome to everything on my dad's side of the family, and my dad has been welcome to everything on my mom's side of the family, for the children and grandchildren's sake!! Life is much simpler for all of us and it's joyful! My parents have seen the damage that not being welcome at the same gatherings (or not welcome at one of the parent's home) causes the children and grandchildren ~ and have vowed it will NEVER happen again!
This had to be one of the best weekends ever. It would've been the best period had my sister and her family been in town, too. But we've had other gatherings with ALL of us present. Life is GOOD!