Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Matters of the Heart

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So, this is a difficult posting for me to do. But I want to do it anyway. Aaron Jr and I went to Washington state for Easter weekend. We went up to visit Ben. He is someone that I have gone out with and he has become a really good friend. Anyhow, Aaron Jr and I went up to visit him and to spend some time up where he is from. We spent Saturday decorating eggs, and playing around on their farm. We had a blast. It was so much fun.

I have never discussed dating on my blog before. I have not felt very comfortable with discussing this subject on here and it has been difficult for me to imagine sharing that part of my life on my blog. So far, I have not shared it on here. But after this past weekend, I decided that I wanted to post photos from our weekend and share that I have taken the big step into the world of dating again.

I admit, I struggled with my feelings about dating. It has been difficult for me to let my heart be vulnerable in that way. But opening my heart is a necessary thing to do if I am going to allow myself to be open to this type of happiness in my future... and I do want that happiness.

The reason I am choosing to share this now... is because Ben is a great guy and the type of guy that I want to be with... someday... whoever and wherever that guy may be.
So, here goes...



Ben helped Aaron collect eggs from the hens. Aaron had a blast being on their farm and seeing the animals.


For the Easter egg hunt, Ben and his mom taped money to two of the chickens' feet so the kids could chase them and retrieve the money.


Ben also did this with two of the baby potbelly pigs. It was so funny.


Aaron hunting eggs.


Aaron showing off some funny ears and his rewards from the hunt.


Me and chocolate mouth Aaron.


The BIG potbelly pig... and Ben.


Ben, BIG potbelly pig, and Aaron.


Aaron holding baby potbelly pig.


I had to include this photo. Aaron Jr is always so quick to go from crying... to smiling when I ask him to... even for a photo. I can learn a lot from this little boy of mine. It is not quite so easy for me to go from crying to smiling... but I will work on that.

Thanks to Ben and his family for the fun weekend. We had a blast.

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21 comments:

Lisa said...

love you, les.

LL said...

this makes me Smile!
You deserve all the happiness. Good for you, glad you had a nice weekend.

Momza said...

YES. I've been wondering when Heavenly Father was going to send someone wonderful into your life!!!! Seriously, everytime this year that I have come to your blog, I have hoped it would be about this...that you've moved forward and that a wonderful young man has come into your life.
SO SO Stinkin happy for you and Aaron Jr.
You deserve much happiness!
Thanks for sharing!! My first thought was,
FINALLY!

Mindy said...

Leslie, you deserve every bit of happiness that comes your way. Thank you for sharing your time with Ben... he seems like a great guy, and I love farm boys. :)

Karey said...

Showing Heavenly Father you're willing to open your heart and move forward is such a positive thing to do. We can never experience love and happiness without being willing to take a risk. Good job taking a risk.

Whatever happens, you deserve love and happiness and peace. My wish is for you to have a boring, not-very-dramatic life with someone who loves you and little Aaron. It will come.

I love you and am proud of you.

Kristi said...

What a fun place for an Easter Egg hunt, on a farm! It looks like you had a great time.
We still pray for your happiness.
Love you.

Haley said...

Chasing chickens sounds like a blast, for adults and kids! So glad you had a great time. It's sounding repetative after reading all the other comments, but you really do deserve all the happiniess in the world!

Kate, Alek, Hank, and Cash (RIP RED) said...

Oh my Les, I feel we need to talk. Maybe we can chat on FB some evening. Our lives I swear are strange at times......
LOVE THE NEW PICURE ON TOP of your blog JUST LOVE IT!!!

Rhitzclan said...

Farms are so much fun! It looks like you guys had a great time and I'm so glad. Sooo phone me!

Benny said...

Thanks Les, Thank you so much for coming and making it such a fun Easter for me and my family.

AlanaBD said...

GOOD FOR YOU! SO proud of you! You do deserve all the happiness anyone else does!

Looks like you guys had fun! LOVE the pigs! I bet that was funny!

Alana

partypatt said...

I was so glad to open your blog today and read that you are dating again. So many times when I've read your blog it's reduced me to tears for the sadness that you've felt. I'm happy you are able to grasp some happiness now. Whatever happens with Ben, it will be a good thing if eventually you and Aaron find a man to share your lives with. Good luck. Heavenly Father loves you and is watching over you! Trust your instincts!

Blonde Bookworm! said...

So happy for you :) Oh and he's such a cutie!!! haha

amanda said...

I think all of your readers have been waiting for this post. I know I have. You really do deserve all the happiness that this world has to offer. Good for you. He is very handsome and it looks like he's great with Aaron Jr. Can't wait to see what happens:)

Jenny said...

I have been a silent reader of your blog for quite some time. I am always touched by your story. This post brought me to tears. Thank you so much for opening your heart and sharing your story. I love being tuned into your world.

kerianne said...

I second what Karey wrote.. beautifully said. If anything, this has been good practice at following your heart. Good things are gonna happen.. just you wait (that's the hard part, though, right??). Love ya.

Anonymous said...

EXCELLENT.

Love,

Jane

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you. You and Aaron Jr deserve all the love and happiness in the world, I'm glad you have found someone to share your world with.
You are always in my thoughts.

Louise

Liz said...

I hope everything works out.

Sarah said...

So happy for you! He is a cutie! Life goes on and you so deserve to be happy again and to really feel loved and not alone like you have. You are such an example...

Lynette said...

Thank you for sharing this with us! We are meant to have joy in our lives and it's hard to experience that alone. Ben looks like a great guy....and gotta love a farm boy! They know how to work hard and how to play hard!