Monday, May 11, 2015

thoughts and happenings.

The transition from Winter to Spring is one of my favorite times. Not because I long for Summer, I actually enjoy winter and am a little sad saying good bye to the white ground. I think I just love the change and the vivid example nature displays, showing the beauty that comes from the thawing earth. Our flowers are blooming and our grass is now a vibrant green. Our meals are being eaten outside and the kids and I are spending many hours cleaning up the dead and planting the new. 

Seeing God's hand in it is undeniable, new life everywhere. It can mirror the seasons of life we walk through. Sometimes my life feels like the carefree, lazy days of Summer, sweet relationships, wonderful adventures, a time of refreshment and rest. Other times Winter seems drags on and it's mark is never truly forgotten. Right now, Spring seems the fitting season to what has been going on in my heart. Spring is hopeful to me. It's coming signals that the cold and dreary days are leaving and warmth will fill my soul again. But the pruning back of what died in winter is a painful process, but a process that brings the beauty of Summer. 

We've kept ourselves busy since coming back from California. It always takes us a minute to get back into the swing of things. This time I got hit with a bad flu bug and was really sick for two weeks. It's tough when the mama is out of commission. The helplessness I felt reminds me of my true helplessness without God's grace and what a blessing the ability to work is. 

 I've passed my love for flowers to Vanessa and we've enjoyed making arrangements and then pressing them once they start to die. Lilacs are one of my favorite flower and Caleb picked me a bunch off the side of the road one evening. 

 Yiayia came to visit. It's so fun going to the airport and surprising the kids. They were so so happy. Yiayia is amazing. She showers us in love and service. Our lives are richer because of her. She holds a special place in each of the children's heart. 

We like sharing our world with her so we pack our week full of all our favorite places, eating out way too much, hikes and our favorite parks. Everything we do is an adventure. 

Elijah is playing soccer again. He enjoys it and it's fun watching his improvement. He's growing up quickly and entering new stages with him is a joy.

 We are now the owners of four chickens. The children are thrilled. They each picked out one and then picked one for me, they didn't want me left out. So far the easiest pets, but still a wonderful way to teach the children. Giving the children increased responsibility is showing them the blessing and joy of work. They look forward to caring for their little babies and take pride in a job well done. It's a lesson in patience for me. Although, the chickens are their job, it's my job to teach them how to care for them, which is sometimes a longer and messier process than if I just did it myself. I have to remember that I rob them of valuable life lessons if I don't take the time to teach them. There must be room to make mistakes. 

"If our children saw us doing 'hearty as unto the Lord' all the work we do, they would learn true happiness. Instead of feeling that they must be allowed to do what they like, they would learn to like what they do." 
Elisabeth Elliot.

My example is louder than my words. The children soak up and imitate me, a responsibility I feel heavily. Teaching joy in work and work done unto the Lord is so important to me and I'm thankful for all opportunities we have to work together.

A sweet comfort during the pruning process.

"if the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand."
Psalm 37:23-24

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