(We have little leaves!)
Today is my husband’s birthday, and he took the day off from work so he could enjoy it. He’s outside running right now, and his chocolate birthday cake is in the oven baking, so I have a few minutes to sit and post some pictures from our day so far.
We have had a lot of rain lately, and since we live by a stream and a watershed area, we went for an early morning (it was about 9am) walk with the children to see how much the water had risen.
Rich carried Seth, and Seth loved being outside in the fresh air.
This is normally a regular sized stream; for now, it’s spread out way past it’s banks.
It was a wet walk.
Caleb got up on a big rock.
Back at home, we let out the chickens and they were ready and anxious to be outside after being *cooped up* in the coop for two very rainy days. They went straightaway to the puddles, to get a nice cold drink……
This past Monday, after I dropped Jacob, Ethan, and Grace off for their music lessons, I took David, Caleb, and Seth to the mall and bought Rich some birthday gifts.
Consequently, we went out today, so he could make returns. LOL
Actually, I didn’t do too bad. We only had to return a few items, and it was fun to be walking around the mall with him and just the little boys.
(What I bought for him, just in case you need ideas, which I personally always need, because buying for my husband is so hard: ties (he wears them to work once in a while, and to church), cologne (one of the items to return because I didn’t realize it was the same exact scent that my Dad wears! I can’t have my husband smelling like my Daddy!) ummmm, oh yes, a stack of new magazines of his interests, new running shorts, shirt, and socks, “gourmet” jerky (a sampler of different meats and different flavors), a cheddar cheese gift basket (crackers w/cheese is his favorite snack so I thought he would like to try different kinds from around the world), a book (the one linked at the end of this post, very interesting!), and ear buds for his ipod (also returned). Caleb got him some practice golf balls and Davy got him golf tees.)
At the mall today, I made out pretty well, too. I had read about a new perfume (One Summer) in the current Real Simple magazine, and I went to Macy’s to smell it. Rich liked it a lot, and bought it for me. I also went to the Clinique counter and made a purchase (bronzer) so I could get their free bonus make up kit.
We ate lunch at the mall. I had two handsome men sitting across from me.
(Actually, just this morning, I was getting Seth ready to go and when I called out for Rich, “Where did my handsome man go?” Rich yelled from the bedroom, “I’m in here!” and Caleb yelled, “I’m upstairs!” both at the same time.
Caleb is at a delightful age, just about everything he says makes me laugh.
For instance, today (just a little while ago) I was hunting for a cake mix, he was right next to me, and I was searching and saying, “OOOOH, I hope I have one, oh yes! I do! Here it is!!!” and he gave me this counsel: “You better pray and thank the Lord.”
I had Rich take a picture of Sethie and me, too:
It was a nice lunch, we laughed, Rich enjoyed his food, I enjoyed mine, and the boys ate like little piggies.
I looked up a poem that I copied out in my journal when Rich and I were first married. It means so much more to me now that it did back then:
Why do I love you–for the gifts you bring
The pretty things that anyone could buy?
Ah, you are more to me than breath could sing,
Than tongue could tell, however hard I try.
I love you for the thrill of your hand on mine
Can give, like fire running through dry grass;
I love you for the pregnant silence, dear,
That falls upon our souls like God’s own peace.
And for our trust at death alone to cease,
Such little things to love you for, you say?
You know what’s locked within my heart each day!
~Elizabeth Shaw Montgomery
I’m thanking God extra today, in honor of Rich’s birthday. I’m so grateful for my husband, and every part of our life together.
P.S. We just put the kids to bed after indulging in the birthday cake…it was so yummy! Here’s THE RECIPE.
P.S.S. Seth said “kitty” tonight. Sooooooooo cute!