Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Celebrate Earth Day!

In our home, with four small children, we have been preparing for Earth Day for several weeks. I have been impressed with the emphasis their school has placed on this incredibly important cause. Our children have given us lessons on recycling, conserving energy and water, and renewing our earth by planting. Today, students, teachers and parents will gather at the school to celebrate by planting trees and flowers on the grounds. On Sunday, our family will go for the second year to our local botanical gardens for a child-friendly Earth Day celebration.

The celebration will include awesome music, crafts for the children (mine made a pine cone and peanut butter bird feeder and colored a reusable tote bag), and educational exhibits about water use, indigenous wildlife. Local experts will be there to discuss "what is being done to protect, conserve, and treasure our land, water, and air." If you are in central Alabama, read more about this celebration here.

I have also found many online resources which help in locating Earth Day events in your area. Click on the Earth Day badge in the sidebar to your right and check here for additional information, to calculate your ecological footprint and learn how to take action.

On a more personal note, Earth Day is especially meaningful to me, because it was a year ago today that I lost my precious mother. I am sad for me and for my children that she is not physically here with us, but I know that she is free and safe and at peace, which makes my heart feel better. I also know that she is here with us always, watching over us and loving us still. My love of and fascination with nature and photography are due in a large part to her loving guidance and example. How fitting then that this day is a special reminder of her. We will be planting today to honor her memory. Thank you, Mama for teaching me and loving me so much. I miss you.


Jamie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. :( My Mom will be gone two yours on 5/5 so I understand your pain

TheEye said...

Lovely blog post... I'm sad that it coincides with a sad anniversary for you ... I hope you and your kids continue to honour both the Earth and your mother every year as a tribute. Hugs to you Allie. You're a sweet girl.

Anonymous said...

Allie,thank you for sharing this post about Earth day.
I am sending you hugs- you're Mom must so proud of you, looking from that better place :) You're so sensitive artist.

Leah said...

BEAUTIFUL photos Allie!

Allie said...

Thanks so much guys. Today has really been ok for me - just because I know she is alright now. You guys are awesome friends. I really appreciate your comments more than you could know.

Jamie - I am so sorry for your loss too. It really is a big hurt. Hugs to you,


Hey Harriet said...

A beautiful post. I'm sorry for your loss but it was lovely to read how you've turned this sad day into a positive celebration in honour of your mum. The fact that the day falls on Earth Day seems perfect. Hugs to you :)

UrbanJunkies/zuppaartista said...

allie, beautiful post and pictures.
i am sad to hear about your loss, but i know your mother is proud of the sweet and talented gal you are.
*big hugs*

Allie said...

Thanks so much Harriet and Michelle! You guys are the best - I truly appreciate your comments!

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Beautiful photography and lovely tribute to your Mom. I understand losing a parent and know that the love they gave us endures. Hugs.

Jennifer Aitchison said...

Beautiful Post!
I love the photos of your Mother, she was so beautiful! I hope you were able to celebrate the beauty of her life on earth day.