Sunday, July 3, 2011


This is the view from our deck. Over our fence, over the walking path, over a semi-busy road...there is this field. I absolutely love this view. The darker green is an alfalfa field that has just been harvested. It will grow back, be mowed again, and baled. It's fun to see the process, which we've watched three times over the year that we've been here. The lighter green is pasture, where cows roam and eat and moo. We watch storms come over the horizon and firelies dance at night. It makes me happy.

We've got such a different life here. The kids are currently out front with the neighbor kids, caring for a painted turtle that their dad found fishing. There's a freedom in their lives that is new and fantastic. I know that part of it comes with the independence of older kids, it's a great feeling to know that your kids are happy.

 We've had picnics. Fireworks shows. They ride their scooters up and down the block. There are kids everywhere.

They've had their first boat rides. Summer day camps. Art and music classes. Nature hikes.

And lots of down time. It's been such a change of pace here and I LOVE IT.

August 1st will mark one year since we left Omaha. Yes, saying good-bye was hard, but there have been no regrets. Kearney is home.

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9 comments:

Jenifer said...

A year nearly! Wow. I remember when you were getting ready for the move and the house selling and all the stress you were feeling. What a difference a year makes!

Your view is so peaceful and it sounds like you have found peace in your new home as well. The pace sounds perfect for raising a family.

Happy Fourth to you have the family.

Jenifer said...

to you AND the family. Eek I need another coffee! Maybe an iced one.

Nik-Nak said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

Aliki2006 said...

I can't believe it's been a year! And that view? Absolutely gorgeous...

Nan | WrathOfMom said...

WOW. What an amazing view. I'm jealous.

Veronica Mitchell said...

Beautiful view.

MidwestTwinGirl said...

Lovely Cuz!
Sorry I haven't commented in a while . . . .and I wanted to mention your desire to read Jane Austin. I just wanted to warn you that while she translates well to film, Jane is a little hard to read because all those subtle looks, touches and phrases are even more subtle in the books and her characters seldom react to them to let you know exactly how important the look he sends across the ballroom was three chapters ago.
Its really a time barrier because of how careful they used to have to be with their actions and reputations. Good luck with her!

Michelle said...

I'm so happy for you, and your family, that you've found 'home'. Sounds absolutely lovely.

Mimi in the Midwest said...

This is like the view from my kitchen window. My favorite view- the little calves kicking up their heels as they run across the pasture.