We had lunch with a friend today, then decided to go berry picking because the weather was perfect.
Micah and I gave each other a knowing glance. The last time we went berry picking, Lily was with us. We headed down a row to get started, and a tiny monarch butterfly flew in front of us. We knew she was there too.
I think it was a bit too much excitement for Ember.
We stopped at the farm for ice cream, then headed home. My parents bought them shirts with fabric markers and glow in the dark paint. They had so much fun making those!
They are going outside to play before dinner. We have our fingers crossed that the shirts will be dry so that they can wear them!
I think we’re off to a good start with our summer family days, and school hasn’t even finished yet!
June 16, 2013
June 15, 2013
“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.
The evening beam that smiles the clouds away,
and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.” – Lord Byron
“It is through my tears that I have seen rainbows.” ― George Matteson
June 12, 2013
Micah has the day off, so we went for a walk at the lake. I really needed that, and Ember loves going there. On the way home, we stopped at the farmer’s market, and bought some peonies for Lily.
Berry picking begins this weekend. The kids can’t wait! The last day of school is coming up, and we have a long list of family days planned.
I’ll leave you with a picture Will drew yesterday, just because it’s awesome (and I’m shocked that he drew something without Angry Birds on it).
June 10, 2013
Everyone said the second year is harder. That terrified me. I refused to listen. Now that I’m a few months into it, I get it. It’s not worse, but it’s different. When most people have moved on with their lives and adjusted to a world without Lily, I feel lonely. And yet, I push everyone away. I’m bitter. So bitter. There isn’t much I can do about that.
I had to get something out of the attic yesterday. It was the first time that I stopped to open a bin labeled “Lily’s Baby Clothes.” I remember adding each of her Baby Lulu outfits when she outgrew them, just in case she had a little sister someday. I thought it would be therapeutic to pick an outfit and let Ember wear it. Maybe I would find comfort in what was “supposed to be”.
Left to Right: Lily, Ember
I learned that Ember and Lily have nearly identical hands and feet. I love that. Otherwise, these girls do not look alike. At all. They are both so unique. Looking at this picture, I know that Lily Bear wore it better. Baby Lulu and pigtails with matching elastics – Those things are hers. I’m not going to give them to her little sister, even though I will undoubtedly pick an outfit once in a while for a quick photo. It creates a visual connection between them.
I wrote recently about my family’s love of the TV show Oobi. I always wanted to write to Tyler Bunch (he played Grampu, and has been a part of countless kids shows and movies). I finally got around to it last night. He responded two minutes later. What a great guy! The kids and Micah thought this was really cool, and it made my day!
June 2, 2013
We had our first cookout of the season today! The weather was perfect.