Friday's Flowers ~ Beauty in Busy

I thought I was doing good. I was doing good. 

Then spring and summer collided and my careful scheduling of our days to give us time to explore, create, learn, play and manage our home went flying out the window. Oh, I don't do good with transitions. 

To put things in perspective and be fair to myself, life is not crazy busy. I'm so thankful that the routines we've established keep the house running - meals, laundry and basic chores. But this week I lost my Monday rhythm due to backpacking and I've been playing catch up ever since.

Now the end of this week is Brienne's dance rehearsal and recital. I'm running extra errands for hair clips and applying make up to my seven year old. I'm a fish out of water in this scene.

The only real chaos in the week was Tuesday morning when I took this photo of the flowers I picked earlier against a background of camp debris spread over our living room floor. 

But then Damien, bless his heart, came home on his lunch break and in fifteen minutes working with the kids managed to clean most of it up (minus the heaps of laundry we washed and hung the following day).

Where there is busy there is also beauty because I have these flowers.

I can't say they make the work of the week or this time of transition any easier but they do make it more beautiful. And that counts for something.


If you are participating in Friday's Flowers linky list please consider the following:

  • Your post should have a photo of a bouquet in it. I'm not going to be a rule task-master about this but the idea of Friday's Flowers is to bring them into our homes, or share them with others; to enjoy the bounty of summer's blossom both indoors and out.
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Pick some flowers, arrange 'em pretty, take a photo, post it to your blog, visit Friday's Flowers to share it with us.

PS. At the end of June I will be randomly drawing one name from all the folks who participated in Friday's Flowers for the month of May and June and mailing the winner a bar of my soap. Yes, I'm bribing you all to join in. The more weeks you participate the more times your name is entered in the random drawing.

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  • Francesca

    Francesca on June 4, 2010, 12:26 p.m.

    I actually like all the action in the background of your photo! Hope the beauty of your bouquets will have a calming effect on your transitioning. Good luck with the makeup!


    • renee

      renee on June 4, 2010, 12:42 p.m.

      I like what the action represents: a wonderful weekend with my family. But I don't like backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, dirty food bags, smelly socks etc... all over the living room floor (smile).


  • Rana

    Rana on June 4, 2010, 12:47 p.m.

    The flowers are beautiful. I like the action in the background too. Let's us other moms know you are real and have to deal with the same clean ups that we deal with too. Tell Brienne to have a great recital. I used to dance too. So much fun with costumes and make up. Have a great weekend Renee!


  • child in harmony

    child in harmony on June 4, 2010, 2:44 p.m.

    Hi Renee<

    I Love the flowers.

    Life does has a way of disrupting our rhythm doesn't it ? but that's the spice of life that also enriches our world.

    Take time to enJOY the catching up !

    We have 70 people coming for a grad party tomorrow and the forecast is rain all day! I'm glad I went out early today and picked my bouquet of roses...a reminder for me to breathe and enjoy the little things in life. Thanks for hosting Friday's flowers!

    happy day!


  • Kika

    Kika on June 4, 2010, 5:20 p.m.

    We have a beautiful ornamental apple tree in our front yard with dark pink blossoms. This year the tree is LOADED and the blossoms are sticking around longer than usual. But yesterday morning my youngest daughter ran to me and exclaimed, "mommy, you have to come see! It looks like there is a wedding on our driveway!" Pink petals were scattered all along our long driveway and it did, indeed, look wedding-ready. This morning my girls are outside collecting fallen petals to bring indoor in litte jars. Not a boquet but sweet nonetheless :)


  • Hillary

    Hillary on June 5, 2010, 4:21 a.m.

    Beautiful! Funny, b/c I had not intended to join simply because my plate is super full and I'm trying to honor creating space before baby comes, but I saw your post was completely inspired and realized I had just taken a picture of a bouquet this week and it reminded me of this lovely story!

    Thanks Renee--it really was fun to participate!


  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on June 5, 2010, 6:02 a.m.

    What a lovely perspective on an "off" week. What a lovely, cohesive family you all are, too, Renee. I love the extras like Damien's lunch break clean-up. Kind of like Mike and his amazing meals for me when he got home during my "off" week recently. Hope the recital is amazing! Nicola


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