Friday, May 14, 2010


"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life." ~John Burroughs

I love Spring.

This afternoon we rolled up our sleeves and got our hands dirty.
Cohen started growing me some flowers at preschool, which he ever so proudly gave me for Mother's Day.
The weather has not been cooperating to get them planted until finally today.
He choose the perfect flower pot for the perfect flowers.
This is the final product.
The biggest flower pot I have.
Oh how I chuckled inside when he said this, this was the right pot for his special flowers! 
The flowers are but merely sprouts, but they are blooming with love!

We managed to plant a few other things tonight, relaxing and fun; yes, but not as glorious as Cohen's flowers!

I love the transition from afternoon to evening.
When it seems wasteful to go in the house,
so supper is outside and anywhere you want it.

But mostly I love small town life.

There is something so calm and peaceful about a warm spring evening in a small town. When we first moved back to Rising I hated to even admit it to people when the question would arise "So where are you at these days?" 
And Now. Now we are so at home here. I know it sounds cliche and if you've never lived in a small town it is probably nearly impossible to understand how great it is.
People pass by.
They DO call you by your first name.
They know your mom and they ask how your grandma is doing and I love that.
I love how an evening can be transformed into an impromptu get together.
I have just come to appreciate how much is lost in the hustle and bustle of modern day life and that maybe
just maybe
by growing up in a small town my kids will have something,
that so many kids lack these days.

Where Home is more than a place. It's a feeling.
Where lives are weaved together under the evening sun...
in a small town.


Kelsey said...

NICE JENNIFER!! you just had to throw the picture of me in there :) and i love how you have one of your drinks in the picture :) we sure had fun over there and thanks for the drinks :) and yep i LOVE small towns even if it is rising city :) haha

Paige said...

I totally agree with you, Jen... A million times over. Great post! ;)

Kim said...

Small towns, no traffic jams, or street lights to wait at. It is great!!!!!!