Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Somebody's Darling

Into a ward of the white washed walls,
Where the dead and dying lay,
Wounded by bayonets, shells and balls,
Somebody’s darling was borne one day.

Somebody’s darling so young and brave
Wearing yet on his pale sweet face,
Soon to be hid by the dust of the grave,
The lingering light of his boyhood’s grace.

Matted and damp are the curls of gold
Kissing the snow of that fair young brow;
Pale are the lips of delicate mold –
Somebody’s darling is dying now.

Back from the beautiful blue-veined brow
Brushed all the wandering waves of gold;
Cross his hands on his bosom now;
Somebody’s darling is still and cold.

Kiss him once for somebody’s sake,
Murmur a prayer soft and low;
One bright curl from it’s fair mates take;
They were somebody’s pride you know.

Somebody’s hand has rested there;
Was it a mother’s soft and white?
And have the lips of a sister fair
Been baptized in the waves of light?

God knows best! He was somebody’s love,
Somebody’s heart enshrined him there.
Somebody wafted his name above,
Night and morn on the wings of prayer.

Somebody wept when he marched away,
Looking so handsome brave and grand;
Somebody’s kiss on his forehead lay;
Somebody clung to his parting hand.

Somebody’s watching and waiting for him,
Yearning to hold him again to her heart;
And there he lies with his blue eyes dim,
And the smiling child-like lips apart.

Tenderly bury the fair young dead,
Pausing to drop on his grave a tear;
Carve on the wooden slab at his head,
“Somebody’s darling slumbers here.”

~Marie de la Coste

Friday, May 2, 2014

Look what arrived today!

Our trailer was dropped off today, so tomorrow the real packing begins. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Finally Flowering

Last November I planted so many bulbs and finally they are coming up. It seemed like they would never appear with this late spring. And here they are, finally flowering just a week before we move. And I'm still waiting for some to come along and open up. Fingers crossed for a warm week!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Glass Blowing in Deadwood

We were up in the hills today and stopped for lunch at the Pump House at Mind Blown Studio in Deadwood. The kids loved watching the glass blowing and didn't bore of sitting and watching. I had to tear them away after the piece was finished. It was a very peaceful lunch for this mama!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Visiting the Dentist

My little boy is growing up. Pieter had his first visit to the dentist today and didn't need any hand holding at all. He went with Ben yesterday to watch Ben's visit and annual cleaning and read the Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist book, so he was prepped and ready. It was such a surprise, though, to see him to walk off with the hygienist and not want me along. Oh, well. The good news is no cavities. The bad news is that after viewing the x-rays of his adult teeth, we were advised to start saving up for orthodontics!

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Another long day... I think we all feel this way as we are packing up for our move to Puerto Rico. Only another week and a half. The countdown is on.
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