As I sit here enjoying the view of the pond at Fair Park and the sound of Cicadas whirring in the trees, I am grateful for these minutes of quiet. Wow, the end of May and beginning of June had been busy!  Some very significant milestones have occurred in our family and I am very grateful to have been a part of them.

These cool letters were done by my sister, Windy

The most significant milestone in my immediate brood is the fact that Cheyenne has graduated.  It is so odd to live in a house with a person no longer in grade school.  Now when we talk of the future, it is a future at our doorstep not down the road.  Her party was lots of fun, lots of family and many friends came out to wish her well.  After good food, good cake and gifts, there was a lot of trash talking on the lawn as a friendly game of volleyball went on till after dark.   Most of the trash talking came from Cheyenne’s father, Tony.  My husband talks trash regardless of winning or losing.  Which made it all the funnier when he stumbled and landed on his rump!

Also of importance, Savannah turned 17 and Jonathan turned 11.  My nephew Stephan also turned 17, he and Savannah are only2 weeks apart.  Stephen has and is growing into quite a handsome young man.

The same weekend we had Cheyenne’s graduation party, JD and Kara were given a wedding shower.  The shower was beautiful.  Stephanie made the cake and all the aunts came together to decorate, it was a lot of fun.  My gandmother’s house has seen many things.  Both the wedding showers this spring as well as too many other events to recount, and Christmas Eve at that house for a least the past 40 years.  I know there were Christmas celebrations before my birth, but I have no idea how many….

My cousin Casey married a real sweetheart June 9th, this wedding was so happy and fun.  My family had a delightful time and shared a lot of laughs.  While we all enjoyed the dancing- in our own way- my niece Rylie showed herself to be a party girl.  I laughed and laughed at her 5 year old self.

The following Saturday, my cousin JD married Kara, another sweetie with pretty brown eyes.  We traveled to Houston for the wedding which was simple and beautiful.  Again, the family had a lot of fun and shared a lot of laughs.

I am so happy for both of the new couples.  In July, Tony and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  It is hard to believe that that much time can go by so quickly.  Marriage is not an easy undertaking, but well worth the work.  I pray these young lovers find the security, love, trust, and intimacy in the marriages that Tony and I have found in ours.

As you can see, what a time we have had!  Now, time to settle back into farm life and nursery work.  Savannah is volunteering each Wednesday at the Children’s Aquarium @ Fair Park.  She is really happy and is making on baby step towards her dreams of being a Marine Mammal Behaviorist.  So, I am planning on getting all those field trips that I have been wanting to take done.  Since we are coming each week, there is no reason not to.  But for now, I am content to watch the kids feeding the turtles (let’s all hope the alligator snapping turtle minds his manners!) and listen to the Cicadas.

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