Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The spring break thing





As luck would have it, both girls had the same week for spring break. With one in college, and missing her so, Razor and I spent many hours planning trips in our head. Out west to hike in the Grand Canyon. Moab. NYC. Or Florida. But as the week drew near, we piled into cars and drove the familiar roads to my parent's house. The weather in March is perfect there. My brother and family live there too. It's far enough to feel like we get away, but close enough to make it only a day's drive. Plus, the situation is such where having the four of us on hand was helpful to them both.

I never made it out to the beach but looking at the photos that Razor took, perhaps I should have. Truth be told, I'm just not a beach person. The salty surf and air blown sand certainly have their place but given a list of options, the beach will always be last in line for me I think. Weird. I know.

Anyway. Being together as a larger family unit felt good. And though Razor and I have been married for almost 22 years, I always notice how seamlessly he fits in with my extended family. Every time we are all together I pause and am grateful that they all accept him and love him as their own. And our kids of course...but you know what I mean. My brother and husband spent many hours tending a burn pile. They joked and laughed and carried on in the dirt, smoke and manual labor of it all. I love that they are friends.

Now I'm feeling the constant push and pull of getting my hands into the dirt, creating new fabric combinations in quilt form and running here and there for high school sporting events. I've got lots of seeds started in the greenhouse. I'm making a new king sized quilt for our bed. And I've been to three soccer games and two track meets in the last two weeks.

Reading back these words. I really, truly, deeply love my life.

-dana

12 comments:

Jacque. said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us. xo

Wanda H said...

Oh how lovely. (I don't like the beach either. Too sunny, too sandy, too hot--such an unpopular view but I would rather sit in the shade and knit!!)

Megan said...

What a wonderful relationship your husband has with your family. It warms my heart too when I see my husband and brother having a good time together. Love these little glimpses of your life.

soggybottomflats said...

Great pics! I've been playing in the dirl on my deck, rabbits, squirrels and birds ate my garden last year. I'll think of another way. I can't wait to see your quilt! Elaine

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Thank YOU for always offering support and kind words.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

The salt water makes me feel sticky and then the sand sticks everywhere!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

It really is something to have chosen family BE family.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Squirrels and rabbits can make gardening frustrating for sure!!

Jennifer said...

❤️💙💛 I love the way you write - so glad you had a nice week with family!

diane said...

I know what you mean about extended family all getting along. I love that my family, all 20 of them, live and respect each other. It’s a blessing I never take for granted.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Some days I'm more wordy than others 😂😂

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

Same here Di!