Above are some pics of my birthday flowers. The gerbera daisies are from my dear friend, Lynsey. And, my sweet husband gave me a beautiful hydrangea.
Life the past month:
Our sweet boy needs some socialization besides mommy now that he's almost 3 1/2. (And, truthfully, mommy needs some time off so that I can be my best for my family!) So, it was my mission earlier in the week to find the best childcare available in our neck of the woods. Our friend, Ruthann, has been sweet to open her home to John once a week for about the past 6 or so months. He's had so much fun with their son who is John's age, I have been ok with our time apart, and it was an excellent segway into a more full time preschool setting for John. Last week I went door to door and even went to the elementary school he'll be attending in the fall. On our way inside, John fell down in the parking lot and scraped his fingers. So, we buzzed inside the locked front doors and were met by our church choir director, Ms. Bisher! She fixed us up with a band-aide and antiseptic and showed us John's classrooms. I met with his teachers and couldn't be happier with their youth, enthusiasm and responsibility. Then, we went down to visit Ms. Bishers 3rd grade room and she gave John a toy to take home. He was in love with the classrooms. He found the kids' lunch boxes right away and kept going back to one that he thought he needed to eat. We know what he likes to do!
After visiting several places, I found the childcare center where John will be attending...it's a great little old converted church 10 min. from our house. But, most of all, the owners are fellow adoptive parents who have 4 children - 2 biological and 2 adopted - and they are committed Christians. John has friends from church that attend - two of his favorite older friends, in fact, that he bonded with right away almost a year ago at church. It's an answer to prayer and a blessing to know that he'll be well cared for and loved in a home away from home-type setting.
The sun. Totally under-rated and totally wonderful lately.
Weather. Totally unpredictable - especially for those that have been hit so hard by storms and tornados this season. Please pray for our friends who live in and around the Joplin, Missouri area as they deal with tragic loss.
In farm news:
Until several days ago Latte, above, was headed for the unmentionable. Alas, she gave birth to two babies - a doe and a buck! She is safe. And, the great news is - she is a fantastic mother. She is also very capacious (full udder, A+ dairy goat) and we've milked one quart of milk in the last 2 days. We'll either drink the milk or try to make soap. We haven't decided. The baby doe is so sweet and mild and the buck is quite flashy. I'll try to remember to post a pic of him.