Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us! There is regular hot coffee in the French press (very strong,) ice tea and ice coffee. What would you like?
I’m feeling a little emotional, it’s my daughter’s birthday today. The best day of the year! I can’t believe she’s already eight years old. She’s sleeping right now (it’s only 7am,) and everything is prepared for a fabulous day, so I have a moment to catch up with you.
I’ve spent a few minutes this morning thinking about her life, and all the places we’ve experienced together. We spent her first birthday in Reno by the Truckee River, after almost completing a cross-country trip (we started, and ended the trip in northern California, and Reno is just on the border.)
1st Birthday by Truckee River, Reno (NV.)
Her second birthday was spent at a ranch we leased in Cottonwood (CA.)
When she turned three I worked at a ranch in Yerington (NV,) and we spent her birthday there.
When she turned four and five, we lived in California again.
4th Birthday, Cottonwood (CA)
5th Birthday, Carmel-by-the-Sea (CA.)
She spent her 6th birthday with her dad in Las Vegas, the only one she wasn’t with me.
7th Birthday, Las Vegas (NV)
I moved to Las Vegas a couple weeks after her 6th birthday, and we celebrated her last birthday, her 7th birthday in the house my daughter and I lived in there. ..and now we are in Sweden. I believe she’s had a good, rich life. I also know that she have more stability, and security now. I’d like to think that our adventures aren’t over, they have just changed, like life itself is constantly changing. I have lived by my belief that time and experiences together is more valuable than money, and material things. Being a parent is the greatest blessing, and also the greatest challenge. I feel that I am doing my best all the time, but I still never know if it’s good enough, but I do know its all I can do. I guess that is what parenting is. Sorry for talking so much today, I am feeling emotional 🙂 How is your week? Can I give you a refill on your coffee while you tell me about it?
PS. In case you missed it, we visited a wonderful nature preserve area earlier this week foraging for cloudberries.