Around Here Lately

My goodness it's been a wonderful summer around here. 
I didn't mean to take a blogging break but one day it just hit me...and I did. :)

We just celebrated our oldest son's 25th birthday 
and the fact that he graduated from college back in December.
He still lives in Oklahoma and we didn't get to be with him on his actual birthday.
So what's a mom to do? 
I flooded Facebook with 25 pictures of him.
I was afraid he'd be mad at me but he laughed.

Thank goodness!

I'm continuing to clip flowers from my flower beds.
They are all over the house in jars and pitchers. Love them!
For years I didn't dare cut the flowers and now I can't stop.
The coleus in the little pitcher has grown roots and has been there for 
a long time. 

I've been having a serious talk with myself about contentment.
I'm a girl many times blessed and lucky but every now and then....
well, I'm sure you understand.

I'll be back soon with a guest post from a friend and
a few projects I've been working on.

Tomorrow I'm off to help my dad unpack boxes in his
new old house. 

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  1. I am just catching up after a 10 day vacation and blogging break.

    I love you cut flowers. We had a lovely friend staying with Lulu while we were away and I just noticed that she cut flowers from my garden to fill some vases in the living room.

    CONTENTMENT - Buddha said that most of man's problems were caused by wanting things we really don't need. Those who are content with themselves are happier.

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  3. I have taken a self imposed summer step back as well, Stacey. I am only posting once a week (from my normal two) and only when the mood strikes. We have been enjoying friends, family and the flowers, too! Happy summer!

  4. Contentment is sometimes complicated for everyone, but only for those tiny moments. Loved the idea of 25 pictures for your sons birthday, and the fresh cut flowers are a real treat. I didn't plant my usual zinnias and I'm sure missing them! Next year for sure...

  5. Summer is the perfect time for a blog break :) I loved the 25 pictures!! He is adorable!

  6. Rest and regroup...slow down. Is that not what summer is for? I didn't know Coleus would root like!

  7. Stacey, every summer I inadvertently take a blogging! The girls are home from college; and I get so caught up in doing things with them that blogging and projects take a backseat, until they're gone again in August. Your flowers look great! Sounds like you are just enjoying life!

  8. Have a great "rest" of the summer. It's going by fast for sure.

  9. I didn't get coleus this year. I've never had much luck with it.

  10. Fun post..especially about your son :)

    Love the flowers in vases : )

  11. I think a lot of people are taking a break, including me! I have an actual cutting garden this year, Planted for the upcoming wedding (2 weeks!) I have to keep them cut so they will continue to bush out and produce more flowers. I have a feeling the house will be overflowing in the next week, but what a great problem to have.
    I think we all struggle with contentment, it's the way we're made. The important thing is to shake off the discontented feelings and count your blessings:>)

  12. I have had that talk with myself more times than I care to admit. It is a journey and contentment is learned, over and over, it seems.

  13. Happy Belated Birthday to your son! Gorgeous flowers. Yes, I talk to myself daily about contentment. Let's talk about it together over some tea! :) xoxo Jen

  14. I think we all need a break every now and then! So cute putting your son's pictures on Facebook ~ I totally see myself doing something like that when my son no longer lives at home. Love that pretty picture of the flowers in the jar!

  15. Awww, he loves his mom, having three boys I know how they change, now they just laugh too!
    I love the picture of the blue mason jar in that white frame, I have to go back on that site again!
    Yeah, I did do my own header, one day I'm going to get someone to do one for yours!

  16. I hope you have enjoyed your break. I love cut flowers.

  17. Sounds like you are having a very nice summer
    Happy Birthday to the son

  18. ...but of course we understand. A rare community to be sure.
    Would you believe my oldest grandchild is pushing 40 now? I have a hard time believeing it and it is like watching the last act of a play. I seem to be watching the curtain closing. My children are all becoming grandparents... :) I think you understand. Or will one day.
    Hugs to you Stacey.

  19. I am trying to figure out how I will deal with our daughter not living in our home someday. I cant imagine it(: She is our only one and I think I may follow her around for the rest of my life:) Your flowers are lovely. I love having fresh cut flowers in the house! Susan

  20. Ah, contentment. So hard sometimes. And others comes as easily as breathing. May the latter be the case for you, Stacey!!!

  21. Happy Birthday to your handsome son! Love all your beautiful flowers in your sweet polka dot pitcher.;)

  22. Your flowers are gorgeous! I hope someday to have enough for cutting. I can't wait for them to go on sale. I just have to find room for them!

    Congrats and Happy Birthday to your son! That's cute that you put the pics on FB. My kids would kill me for sure!

    I think sometimes I should take a blog break. So many bloggers don't come to my blog because I don't come to theirs, it's a different sort of realm I'm finding. I naturally post more in the winter. Blogging is part of your life, not all of it.

    I hope the contentment issue isn't playing a huge role in your life. I had that word as my "Word of the Year" once. I just wanted to sit back, relax and let things roll of my back. Doesn't happen. I think you have to be wired that way.

    Sending a hug.

    Jane xx

  23. Very cute idea about the pictures!!! Belated birthday wishes for you and your son! about this Texas weather??!! Praying for rain today...and tomorrow and however many more days there are this week:^)
    If you saw big fields of sunflowers, you must have been aimed south....the ones along 35W are gorgeous!!!!
    Have a great week.

  24. I've been away for awhile, too, Stacey. Enjoy your time and hope your boy had a Happy Birthday!

  25. Love the photos, love the flowers! We need breaks once in awhile to regroup and rejuvenate. Always enjoy your blog! Sending good vibes your way!

  26. Glad you are taking some time to enjoy summer! Looking forward to seeing your projects too!

  27. HI Stacey,
    After that harsh winter we all endured it is nice to take a break and take the summer months in. Glad to see you are enjoying your summer.

  28. Stacey, thinking of you and hopped over to say hi. Blog breaks can be a good thing. I'm sure your son knows just how much mama loves him! I need to bring some blooms inside!!

  29. Interesting thing Stacey, is that I have been having that same talk with myself. Wish we could have sat over coffee and had it together. "Contentment" is something I think we all deal with, right? But, I must say, in the meantime, your flowers and your vignettes always brighten my day. Thank you!

  30. I loved the photos of flowers in vases.

  31. Good good luck on the Ramsign...would love for you to have your wedding year in RED...
    Now,....I want cake and I don't give a flyin' flip if it's still swim suit season....hahhaa..

  32. Love that lamp...I do know what you mean though. LoL. I do OK in that department till I step into a Ross or TJ Maxx and then I'm sunk...sigh!

  33. Oh, I hear ya!
    Enjoy your little break! :)


  34. Your flowers are so pretty! And you must be proud of your son :)

  35. Hi Stacey,

    It looks like it was a wonderful summer!

    I have been receiving emails from you periodically on my old email address. I'm not sure if you send them or they are spam since they don't seem to work when I click the link. Do you know anything about them?

    Thanks, ~Melissa

  36. Time and time in life sure do pass by faster and faster and as we grow older in age, we begin to recognize this. Time is precious and this is partly why I have blogged less over the past year. Not only is work overwhelming, but it is those small moments that we need to recognize as the gifts of life and of time and to really take notice of them....I have only began to really "get it" these past five years. So enjoy those times with your family and feel really connected and really content with those days that are gifts. You have a wonderful way about you and cherish each moment. Your son is precious. My youngest is 26 already. Jordan would have been 30.

    Love you, Stacey.


  37. The thought of my children being gone some day is something I will struggle with. I hope and pray that they want to visit often. I think that is when I will struggle with contemned the most. I have a great life but I think different seasons bring out different emotions and trials. I love your flowers I am planning on building a huge flower garden but I need to learn a lot first.

  38. I love the pics of your son! I bet he had a wonderful graduation/birthday. I used to shy away from cutting my flowers too, but, like you, now I can't stop. Lol! I mean, why not bring them indoors where we can enjoy them in the air conditioning? :)


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