This is the view today from my kitchen window.

My flowering shrubs normally reach above my wall.  But, given the fact that it has been raining non-stop for the past 20 hours, that is certainly understandable.

While I normally enjoy rainy days, I am feeling a bit blue today.

Today is my daughter, Rachele’s 22nd birthday and the first one that we are spending apart.  

It seems like just yesterday that I was driving her to her first day of preschool.

Rachele was such a petite, little girl with a little giggle and curly hair.  But she was always a tomboy through and through.

She loved to dress up as a police officer.

Now Rachele is a proud member of the Navy.

While I am missing her especially on her birthday, I am so proud of her and am thankful that she loves what she is doing.

That is all I ultimately want for all my children – to spread their wings and fly. 

Even if it takes them far from home….

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

3 replies
  1. Deb
    Deb says:

    Yep, it's tough. My middle daughter is in her 3rd year of teaching in China. She does get home briefly in the summer, but I can't wait til she gets back to the States for good!

  2. xericstyle
    xericstyle says:

    A happy birthday to Rachele – and a thank you to her as well.

    People like her, and those who raise people like her, have to be the most unselfish people on earth.

  3. claudette
    claudette says:

    I can only imagine how hard it must be to have her gone. Mine is still so young, but she's an independent spirit. I can already tell she'll be traveling far and wide when she gets older. I echo xerictyle: thank you to her (and to you) for what she does for us all!

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