Friday, June 14, 2013

Random letters on Friday . . .



Dear life . . . can you slow down please, or at least spread the excitement.
I can't handle so much at one time, thanks!


{Photo Art Friday - dreamy}

Dear Mother Nature... can we talk? I think you should do something about all the critters who are eating my (your) Monarch caterpillars. Apparently the toxin isn't strong enough to keep away the lizards, the wasps and those nasty assasin bugs. Could you send a memo or something and tell them to leave them alone. There ARE plenty of other bugs they could eat. Thank you, sincerely Mother Nature's helper! xo

Dear sweet boy . . . I'm so sorry you continue to have one issue after another. No one should have to frequent a hospital as much as you have lately. But I was so very happy to hear that cardiology has given you a clean bill of health and their blessing to go back to strength and conditioning for football. Now, all we have to do is wait for hematology to do the same. I know you have a fire in your belly to get back to what you love, and I want nothing more than for you to do what you love to do, but I'm not going to lie it makes me a little nervous.



Dear sweet girl. . . . your dad and I are so proud of you, and watching you walk across the stage with your medal in honor of being a distinguished graduate made us even more proud, if that is possible. See, hard work really does pay off. I'm so thankful and blessed to have been given the privilege to be your mom. Okay, gotta stop now before I cry...again! xo


Dear San Antonio  . . . . I love you, your culture, rich history, and yes your food. No matter how many times I visit your Missions, I am always in awe. There is something so spiritual about standing where so many have stood through history, in the same structures on the same exact floors. Now that my daughter will be going to college here, I know we are going to become even more acquainted. As a history major and future teacher of the children of America, this couldn't be a better place for her.

Dear google maps phone app . . . you stink! You know I'm not very good at getting places and I really needed you and you let me down!

Dear kind soul at the Shell gas station . . . thank you so much for your wonderful directions to the San Jose Mission when I was completely lost! You are better than a phone app!!

Dear bloggy friends . . .  I know I haven't been around for several weeks, or visited you lately. Last Tuesday was our really long day at Texas Children's for my sweet boy. Wednesday, right before I was to watch my daughter receive her medal the doctor called with the results of the MRI on his legs we had the day before. It showed blood that was collecting in the compartments of his muscles in his calves and she sent us straight to the ER again. Thankfully she let us take him after the ceremony. He spent two days in the hospital and thankfully didn't need surgery to drain it. I picked them up on Friday afternoon and when we got home we were met by my in-laws who drove 1200 miles to watch our daughter graduate. Saturday morning we sat outside at our district stadium in the blazing Texas heat to watch almost 600 seniors graduate and then enjoyed a celebratory lunch in Galveston. 

Monday morning (of this week) my daughter and I drove to San Antonio, enjoyed the San Jose Mission, and a nice dinner. Tuesday we got up and I dropped her off at UTSA for her college orientation, I got lost, and then drove home (a 3 1/2 hour drive) but not before getting caught in a horrible storm. Wednesday my sweet boy made up the rest of his final exams that he missed on the last day of school, and yesterday I turned around and drove back to get the sweet girl. We stopped for lunch, to avoid another bad storm, picked up some yummy key lime pie donuts from Krispy Kreme (because we don't have any) and made our way back home. It was a nine hour driving day for me.

And here I am today, tired and exhausted and so discombobulated. Which is why I have decided to take a couple of weeks off to regroup and recharge and to relax. I need to get some things back in order that have fallen by the way side and I would really like to clean my jewelry studio so I can work in there again. AND I have a Monarch series that I keep promising that I need to finish (and several thousand photos to go through).

I will see you on the other side of a couple of weeks, okay?
(I'll still be posting on instagram at kimatpickingpoppies)

Until then...
Love, Kim XO




34 comments:

Barb said...

Kim, What a busy time. Congratulations on your daughter's graduation. I hope she loves studying to be a teacher - I'm a retired one! Wishing good health to your boy - and rest for you.

Pride In Photos said...

Kim, I am so sorry your little boy is still going through these trials...sigh! But the happy dance for your daughter...oh how proud you must BE♥♥

Kathryn said...

To be honest Kim, I'm surprised you've kept going as long as you have. Jeez girl, if anyone needs a break or some time out its you. It always seems that when you think life just can't get any crazier it does. Congratulations to your daughter (who looks beautiful by the way) and I am glad there seems to be some headway with Sam's health issues. Wishing love, light and laughter to fill your days and I'll also put a word in with mother nature to do you a favor. Take care my friend and know that we are here for you if you need us. Big hug. xoxo

Kelly said...

Lmao!! Oh Kim I Love this post. Your letter to the shell guy is hilarious!!!! And your right-great minds do think alike-that butterfly pic would look lovely on a MOO post card-jus sayin! Congrats on your beautiful daughters graduation. I'm so glad you son is cleared for football. I know that's going goin to be nerve wracking for you.
You are just so neat Kim.

Ida said...

Sounds like you have lots on your plate to deal with so enjoy your much needed break.

Your butterfly piece was lovely but that Mission Shot stole my heart.

Andrea Dawn said...

Oh my gosh, you have been busy indeed. Just dealing with your sweet boy's health issues is a pretty heavy load to carry, let alone all the rest. Praying your time off is restful and productive and that things regain some semblance of peace and order for you. Love the butterfly shot and congrats to your girl.

Carol said...

Rest and regroup Kim! You really deserve it. Congrats to your daughter and all best wishes to Sam for a good recovery. Hugs to you. xxx

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

And a well deserved break you will have. I'll be thinking about that awesome jewelry you make. Have a blessed and peacefully productive time.

Tamar SB said...

You've been through so much lately. Glad the cardio gave Sam a clean bill! Congrats to you daughter too!!

Dotti said...

Kim ... yes, yes, yes! You need a lonnnnng Sabbath per Deanna's FOL post today.

Kim Cunningham said...

I so so so understand! You could just use the time to regroup as you said. Everyone needs that sometimes, and I think every one of us would cheer you on in taking a break...."focusing on life"! I know that I will be waiting on the other side and im thankful for IG!

Silvina Soave said...

Preciosas las fotografías y hermosas tus palabras de gratitud!
Un abrazo y feliz fin de semana.

Mary said...

Congratulations to your daughter, and i'm happy your boy is doing well. Happy for your whole family, but i too would be worried about the football. Such a strenuous game with so much contact.

I've never been to San Antonia, but keep hearing wonderful things about it. Maybe my husband and i will make it a vacation destination soon!

Nicki said...

Kim, I think of you daily and send a prayer your way. Needless to say - you don't need to visit - you are doing exactly what you need to be doing - living and loving your family and taking care of what is really important. Congratulations to your daughter - enjoy every second of time with her because in a years time she will be this independent young woman. My very best wishes for a steady improvement with your young man and hopefully he will be able to get back to some normalcy in his life.

http://vivhalliwell.com said...

Kim take some for you.... I love to hear what you are up to, but, you need a break....

Miriam said...

This is a beautiful post Kim. My thought and prayers are with you and your family. You need some time, some rest and space to breathe.

Molly said...

Ahhh yes... please slow down, just a tiny little bit so I can catch my breath!

Mollyxxx

Sherri B. said...

Kim, you have handled all this stress with such grace...you deserve some time off to regroup! I am thinking of you and continue to send prayers your way. xoxo

Vickie Hallmark said...

You're amazing! Hang in there!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Your poor girl! Even mother nature seemed to be getting in your way.

Enjoy your break and look forward to seeing you on the other side of it, refreshed (hopefully). xo

Kris @ beyond the whiskers said...

Wow....it sounds like it really is a very busy (physically and emotionally) time for you.

Love your Photo Art Friday piece. The color and lighting is just superb. I'm amazed at how your focus is spot on both technically in the camera, and compositionally in the piece. Beautiful.

Currie Silver said...

Kim...

I am in awe at the depth and grace of your post, your photographs, YOU!!!

you are and have been much on my mind these past few months and "meeting up" with you here this morning is a gift.

sending you hugs, love, and every encouragement to BE in the moments of your Life.

xoxo

Deanna said...

Oh I certainly don't blame you my sweet one for taking some needed time off. I can just imagine how turned upside down you must be after the last couple of months. But good things are coming. Your daughter is a spittin' image of you and so happy to hear that Sam is getting close to returning to some normalcy. Big hugs and much love!!

Linda R said...

Oh my stars. That is what I call a full schedule. I think you are due for a little bit of down time. Congrats to your DD and and hoping all is OK with your Son..

Big Hugs~

Bonnie said...

Deeply touched by this post, Kim. Your images inspire - as always. Your love for your children is palpable. Your grace and sense of humor shine through so beautifully in your text.

Take the time you need to look after yourself and your priorities - I, for one, will always find you because you are on my favorite blogs list.

Well wishes going out to you and your son.

Buckeroomama said...

What a week it had been for you. Congratulations to your new graduate and here's praying for good news on the other test results for your boy.

*hugs*

Almond Tea said...

Take care of yourself!

Adrienne said...

Phew! ...and see ya on instagram!

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

Bless you sweet mama. I am sorry life has been such a struggle lately, but it sounds like it has been peppered with blessings as well.

Keeping your family in my prayers.

Melissa

Cathy H. said...

It sounds like you need a time of rest! Congrats to your daughter and so glad you're getting good results on your son's test! Enjoy your time off!

augcott said...

Kim ... I am enjoying your Monarch series. I'm a little jealous of you and Kelly being able to experience this. I have tried to grow Milkweed but the squirrels dug them up while they were still seedlings! And I can't find any plants in the area. *sigh* So sorry to hear about your son's health issues. I know what it's like to have a loved one be ill ... you experience a huge sense of helplessness :-(
Take your much needed rest .... see ya soon :-D

Anita Johnson said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear that health issues are continuing, no wonder you're not blogging (even with all the joys too. Congrats to your daughter.) I have been without a computer for 2 weeks...as much as I missed it, I also realized a break was good. You continue to be in my prayers...

Katie said...

oh, bless your heart, take all the time you need to catch your breath! you've had a whirlwind of a summer so far!

Jeanne said...

Hi kim! Back from my trip and was missing your blog, so stopped by! Sounds as if you have really been carrying a heavy load and needed a break. Hope that this time is helping you, and saw that you won a wonderful night away, so hope that helps too! Still looking forward to that monarch series and know it will be awesome. Keeping you in my prayers!

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