Friday, July 12, 2013

It sounds so good to me.......

Since moving to Ellensburg I have taken to going on long walks in the country. Hee hee! That makes me so happy just saying that!

The wind can blow here quite a bit, but I don't mind it. I like the feel of it on my face, and my hair is not too fussy for windy weather. It's not as pleasant in the winter, the wind I mean. But I tend to avoid the outdoors in the winter as much as possible anyway:)

There are a few houses I pass on my route. This one is one of my very favorites.

Even their sign makes me swoon.

It says the Gerrils Haus, if you can't read it. I'm guessing they have German heritage?

I was listening to Pandora as I walked. Tim McGraw channel specifically. And country music puts me in a good mood in general. But I love when the songs I'm listening to match what I'm seeing.

Last week when all the farmers were bringing in their hay, a Jason Aldean song was playing. Part of the lyrics say something about go round and round all day, baling some hay,and stacking it all up.

And yes, there were really guys out in the fields doing that exact thing. Made me really happy.

As I was moseying along, I saw cattails. Yay! It's been forever. I don't know why I like them so much. If their had been pussy willows nearby too, I would have probably brought some home. But no such luck.

And then a Dixie Chicks song came on as I was walking by this.

And I was so caught up in my happy little reverie of "I live in the country!" that it took me a second to hear the lyrics.

"I wanna walk and not run, I wanna skip and not fall.
I wanna look at the horizon and not see a building standing tall
I wanna be the only one, for miles and miles
Except for maybe you and your simple smile

Oh it sound good to me
Yes it sounds so good to me"

She goes on to sing Cowboy take me away.

Jeff is not a cowboy.So I thought of it as "Email Marketer take me away" ;) But he loves me. And he gave me my dreams. I know my dreams were simple: live in the country, have him work from home. But do you know how hard that actually is to achieve? I know that Heavenly Father had a lot to do with everything working out.

But it took a husband willing to go along with it. So as Jeff and I drove up  and came upon our house,

(I should really eat breakfast before a 4 mile walk and bring water when it's already 80 degress outside. Which is why it's good Jeff works from home 3 days a week. I called him and he came and got me when I thought I was going to throw up),

I was just filled with love and gratitude.

And to the man who took the chance and loves me more today than he did 17 years ago (today is our anniversary!!!)

I say thank you. Thank you for taking me away, and giving me the world.

(Aren't we babies in this picture?)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


This little man has been waiting and waiting for his first tooth to come out.

In fact, his two front permanent teeth are already in. Ewww.

And his little sister lost two teeth before him. Sad clown.

Dude's almost 7.

So it was with much joy and excitement yesterday when he announced, "Mom! Mom! My tooth came out!"

It's wonderful how happy children can be over simple joys in life.

I want to be like that.

I want to forget about bills and a messy house and yelling children and instead be grateful for all the little things.

Congratulations Henry. What a big boy you are.
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