Monday, 3 October 2011

Pulling Up My Boot Straps

Our 4 day weekend with Kelly home was bliss!  Lots of snuggles and cuddles (cat included!),

canning homegrown stewed tomatoes,

baking Daddy's favourite old fashioned hot milk cake,

cooking beef short ribs for a hearty fall meal,

pulling out beloved woolens from their summer of rest,

enjoying homegrown tomatoes in sandwiches made from our freshly baked bread (so yum!), watching movies, swimming, playing, crafting and resting... the ultimate restorative weekend!

Until..... the dreaded Goodbye :(  After some long snuggles (and a river of tears) we ever so gingerly eased our way into the predictable evening routine.  A hot supper and dishes...  (there's a strangely solid comfort in that)...  extra gentle bedtime routines, a quiet story, warm beds and the first of fourteen "tuck ins" minus 2 strong arms and a bristly chin.

And so it goes as I pull up my boot straps and get on with the business of keeping my family and home in one piece (or as close to that as I can muster) for the next 2 weeks.

Wish me luck, will you?


  1. I'm thinking of you and also have to tell you I feel the warmth of your evening routine....there's lots of love in your family. I guess I will be needing some good strong boots soon too...I'll help you pull your straps up if you need it....and I know you'll be there if I need it too......It's not luck you need, but love and caring friends....You've got both in the blogging world as well Sherrie....many hugs!
    I haven't announced on my blog yet...the big boot pull up moments I will be having soon.

  2. Such a well-put post! Sometimes life just has sacrifices. But the result is gratitude even more, for each,andrea

  3. Ah, hard times. I'm feeling for you! As much as possible, we of the internet friends will support you.