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Monday, August 29, 2011

For all of this I graciously give thanks.

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Of course you all know where my thoughts are on this here Monday, as it relates to my gratitude posts... in my continuing to name the thanks onward towards One Thousand Gifts, and that is this: in just having a brand new baby; a beautiful daughter - Jayne Abigail. 

one of our first photos of Jayne - from in the hospital

Jayne {God's gracious gift; gracious one}  Abigail {Source of Joy; a father's joy}

My heart is full of gratitude to the Lord for the blessing he granted to my husband and I.
A celebration of our love; another daughter; a true gift.

I find it to be truly amazing how one's heart can enlarged - even more than it already is - to love even someone else just as though they've been a part of our lives all along.  This is a new love.  And yet, it is a deep, deep vein already.

I'm struggling to share this next part with you - so please, bear with me...

When I first realized we were expecting (and even before, in "the planning" of this baby) - I wasn't too thrilled about it.  Deep in my heart there really was a struggle to accept this "blessing" as a blessing.  My sister, Gladys and I were talking about it one day over the phone.  She mostly listened to what I was saying in the lamenting of my struggle to even "want" this baby.  She said a few hard things... but one thing that really has stuck with me is that she said this.  "You know, Bev.  This will probably be the child that brings you the most joy - or, the child that is meant to be in your life to bring you that 'source' of joy". 

We already had names picked out, at that point, and I knew what the meaning for Jayne Abigail was... but I hadn't really thought much about it until now.  All along - I "thought" I was having a boy... so I didn't dwell on it.  Immediately, I knew my sister was right.  And, the Lord continued to soften my heart as the pregnancy progressed.

But.

Let me tell you.  This blessing from the Lord is exactly that.  She is sweet.  Gracious.  A little one who literally has her Mama wrapped tightly around her little finger.  She knows my voice... and responds.  There are tears welling up in my eyes right now as I type these words.  The regret of my heart to say at one point - I really don't want this baby - is very real.  Am I grateful to not be pregnant anymore?  You bet.  No more pregnancies.  God's gift has been lavished on us - one last time.  I truly am grateful.

#424.  ten fingers

#425. ten toes

#426. rose-bud lips

#427. pudgy cheeks

#428. her unique cry (sounds sorta like a seagull) ;)

#429. the way her fingers wrap around mine

#430. a wonderful hospital stay

#431. caring doctors and fabulous nurses

#432. a hubby who lovingly embraced the challenge of being Mr. Mom for a few days

#433. the body's natural process of elimination - I'm very serious. ;)

#434. "I am fearfully and wonderfully made"

#435. naps

#436. no more heartburn - per say

#437. the love and longing for a hot cup of coffee and or more then several glasses of cold water

#438. hands back in the dishpan  :)

#439. protection in the wake of the 5.9 earthquake (through our area, in the early part of last week) and the through Hurricane Irene - later in the week.

#440. turning the lights off at night

#441. mist rising off the meadow - in early morning light

#442. delicious meals making their way to our home - every other evening.

#443. my husband's comforting embrace in a weak moment of emotion

#444. the way her siblings are taking to her - lots of love, lots of love

#445. a foot massage

#446. He who softened my heart - the Lord Almighty!

#447. the way her name will continue to remind me...

For all of this I graciously give thanks.


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Wow!  Sorry it took nearly all day to get this post up.  I'm sure that any future posts will just have to come in time and that you'll all understand. ;)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

First moments at home

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Wow.  It sure is good to be home.  We arrived home late Saturday afternoon.  It was a great stay at the hospital but, as you all know, coming home and being at home is always THE BEST!!

leaving the hospital - homeward bound

I sat down and thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the comments left the other day and just had to smile.  It sure made me feel so good to be "thought of", prayed for and loved... all from y'all.

It's been an interesting couple of hours of "making adjustment" - especially through the night, last night, our first night home.  Here is a funny one, that I thought I would share with you.  Something that Scott told me about, after the fact. 

It was like 2:55am and Jayne decided she was seriously in need of something to eat - again!!  and though she nursed very well for the next 40 minutes or so - decided, you know, that she'll just stay awake.  Wide awake.  And well, everyone else is asleep... and I'm desperately wanting to go back to sleep... I lay her down in the bassinet and use the bathroom (because that was on my immediate to-do list) - when she starts up again, crying very loudly.  I soon hear Aubrey yelling out:  THE Baby's CRYING!!   I hurry up to rush aide... and well.  If that doesn't wake up the rest of the house?  I think it was well after 5am that the world fell asleep to a peaceful hush ... at least inside our home.  Outside was a whole nother story...as Hurricane Irene was upon us.

Scott tells me that the older two told him (on their own accord) that if the baby wakes up during the night, that they would put their fingers in their ears and yell out to us that "the baby's crying"... just to help let us know.

I thought it was sweet.  Because, that's what they did too.

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Here are just a few more of my favorite photos of our precious bundle of joy... I hope you enjoy them.







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Many of you mentioned in your comments that you love her name and the spelling of it.  If you must know... Jayne is my middle name, as well.  That is one reason we chose her name like we did.  Abigail has always been a favorite name for my husband... and it just sounded great together. 

I will talk more on this, tomorrow... in my gratitude post... as you can be sure - I have much to be grateful for in the birth of our beautiful daughter. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

It's a .... girl!

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Updated post 8/25 -  with pictures


So sorry to keep you all out of the loop for as long we have here.  I'm WAS also unable to post any photos till now, due to a few technical difficulties.  In fact, my hubby being the techie-dude that he is, finagled his way - just so that you could even get another update from us.



Jayne Abigail joined our family at 8:21am...via c-section, this morning, August 24th.  She is one big gal.  She weighed in at 9lbs 12 oz. (5grams) and is 21 1/2" long (head circumference 14 1/2in).  The two doctor's performing the surgery had quite the time trying to get her out.  She was so lodged in there - they actually needed to use the help of a vacuum.  Believe me - I felt the struggle.  I'll definitely be sore the next couple of days.

Thankfully, though, all is well.  Her apgar score was 9/9.  Really good!!  We're so grateful for that.

She's been a champion nurser...another thing I'm so grateful for. :)


Big brother and sister love her to pieces... so does Mommy and Daddy, aunts and uncles - and both grandma's.

Love you all for your kind thoughts and prayers.

~Bevy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hospital here we come

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Due to leave our home at 5:00 am, in the morning. 
We're (supposed to be) first on the OR list.

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Check in here for any further updates and baby news... as soon as we are able.

Thanks for thinking of us.

This back-yard blessing!

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FOR SALE: 
Wooden Swing Set. Includes two swings, sliding board, clubhouse, sandbox and monkey bars.  $200.  Phone #: xxx-xxx-xxxx

Say WHAT?!?!?!?!?

I had been thumbing through our local little weekly newspaper- one day two weeks ago.  And saw this ad listed. 

Do you know how long I've been talking about getting something like this for our little ones?  How many times I would drive by homes and see "run down" play sets in peoples back yards - wondering if their kids would ever grow up and decide they didn't need their play set anymore??  More then once, I've been tempted to stop and knock on someones door, or two, just to ask.  I never did - and just had it as one of those unspoken prayers.


#387. ads in the paper - HUGE answer to prayer


I called the phone number in faith - and left a message.  And then, I asked our landlord's permission - to see if he would mind something like this in "his" backyard... obviously it would go "against" his mowing routine...making it more of a challenge.  :)

Needless to say, Mr. A. (our landlord) was more then willing; just as excited for our kids to have something like this... and "to go for it!".

The family called back.  I was their first caller...we had first dibs, and of course we were told that there was the long list of interested buyers behind us.  We looked at it, two Sunday's ago, and gasped.  Scott and I both agreed this more then we had even imagined.  It felt like there was much more this play set then was listed on the ad... and worth way more then $200.  But, that's what they were asking for.  SOLD!!!!!



Here are the guys helping to take it down, this past Sunday.  By the time they got back home to our place to reassemble it - the skies opened up with another HUGE downpour and continuing heavy rains for the rest of the day and into the evening. 


#418. brother-in-law's and buddies - who are willing to lend a hand, come rain or shine

I took my kids (my sister and her kids, too) over to my Mom's for the afternoon, this past Sunday - so we wouldn't be in the way - as this was a huge surprise (and early Christmas present) for our kids.  They had no idea this was coming to them.


They've had nothing but a grand ole time - ever since.






A back yard blessing - indeed!  For them and mommy, too.

Monday, August 22, 2011

beauty in the ordinary

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"Once you see, you appreciate and then you become inspired".  ~ Alexandria Stoddard

Inspired, to give thanks?

Do we first need to be inspired to appreciate and give thanks or does giving thanks first then inspire appreciation?  Just something I've been thinking about...  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Obviously, I'm still thinking... and, in that still-thinking... I've been counting on... towards the One Thousand Gifts.

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#403. "beauty in the ordinary" - flowers in a blue mason jar


#404.  sounds of the wind chime on my mother's back porch

#405. fresh baked peach pie


#406. slices of fresh tomatoes, homegrown basil and cheese - drizzled just so with dressing

#407. the stack of hand stitched quilts, in all colors - a favorite collection of mine

#408. gifts from a dear friend: homemade bagels (to die for!), frozen spinach and mushroom ravioli (her added contribution towards future baby-meals coming in), pair of jeans, and a beautifully handmade clutch cosmetic bag - stitched with love.

#409. tall grasses waving in the wind

#410. the book: The Spirit of Loveliness by Emilie Barnes

#411. a cleaned-up yard - before bed time... and the living room, too!!

#412. little white lights under kitchen cabinets

#413. flip-flops - for these tired mama's fatso feet

#414. beautiful birds perched on fence wires

#415. boundaries... and the conversation that ensued with my four year old, as he grappled to understand what that means.

#416. for the lady at church, who offered to take my place in the nursery (childcare) on Sunday Morning... insisting I sit in service on a soft seat instead.  Thank you!

#417.  this back yard blessing - which I'll share more about later. ;)

#418. brother-in-law's and buddies - who are willing to lend a hand, come rain or shine

#419. going through old photos

#420. rockers on front porches

#421. three deer jumping out of the corn field and off into the meadow

#422. "This is the day that the Lord hath made"... and (so far) it's been a peaceful one.

#423.  this baby is to be born on Wednesday, via C-section... pray for us, as you think of us.  Please?!?!



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Steady and True

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I know I talk about the rain - a lot!

If you didn't know this about me, I love all kinds of grey days.  Rainy ones, overcast skies, big or small thunderstorms - even Quiet Storms.  I talk about what to do on rainy days.  I mention these sorts of days often in my gratitude lists - that I do on Monday's... like the dew, and rain drops strung out like pearls along the wash line.

As these are just a few of my favorite things.


So, here I go again. 

I've just been sitting here, at the dining room table, just listening to the sound, through the open bay window.  The sound of the most glorious rainstorm outside. 

It's the sound of steady.  Steady and true.


 
It's what I'm feeling right now.  The refreshment of friendships and relationships... ones that when they pour themselves out, emptying to fill - they are really doing a good thing.

I've had a dear friend come by -all day- for the past two consecutive Wednesday's... bringing her brood (of four) in tow.  What do you say, to someone who just gives and gives of herself (they all do!)...regularly?

She's steady and true.

She's refreshing.

I want to be just like her...


It makes me miss other dear friends, who in the same way remain a constant treasure in my heart - ones who I don't see often enough.  I challenge myself to think of ways that I can "pour out" myself towards them... in good effort to be a blessing and an encouragement.

Steady and True...

is the cry of my heart.

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others, will himself be refreshed.
~ Proverbs 11:25

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Joy of Summer :: Saying Yes!

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It all started with the most glorious of rainstorms - that swept through our area on Sunday Morning.  With our one low-lying spot in the front part of the yard, it's not a bit unusual to get a rather large puddle of water that just prompts temptation to the fullest.

Aubrey started it.

She began inching her way to the edge, looking back at me to see what I would say.  I was caught in the middle of the moment of saying either "No!" for convenience sake - or to - say "Yes!" for a good ole fashioned memory-making-moment sake.

Mind you, this was after church, but I was still in my Sunday best.  Aubrey and Caleb were out of their good clothes - but still...in good-ish play clothes.  NOT ones for muddy play and such. 


NOTE:  The water is still pretty clear at this point and their clothes are not too wet - yet.


Soon, the chase ensued.  Back and forth of running and running... seeing who could splash up the most water with their feet.


Until one of them fell.  Oops!!!


And that was the end of that...

No more trying to stay "upright".  Let's just get in there and get in good!



Even, I had to slip in a toenail...or two...oh, what the world.  Why not all five?


It felt so good and it brought back a flood of memories of us, as kids, growing up.  This was the "Joy of Summer".... are you kidding?  A good water puddle - was so wished for and when we'd find one... look out!

Softly I hear a voice behind me.  It's my husband, saying something about the kids catching pneumonia or something like that when he hears me say... "no, they won't and besides this is one of those Momma-said-Yes!-moments".  He knows - I'm more apt to say "no!".

You know what he asked me?

"So, are you going to clean me up too"?  Again I said... "yes!".   All of a sudden he goes back into the house - stripping his socks.  The next thing I hear is the screen door flinging wide open and in my peripheral, I sense this blur come rushing past me as I see Scott just slide right out into the middle of that big ole water puddle... jeans and all.

I was so shocked.  And so was Caleb - as he just stood there with arms out stretched in amazement and exclaims, "Holy Mackerel!".  I think Scott never laughed so hard in all his days as he laid out there, up to his ears in water, just as surprised, at Caleb's response.

I was sure I got a photo of this "yes-moment"... but apparently, I didn't.

Then came even more fun...



Ahh!! am I ever glad I said "Yes!".

By the way.  This last photo is my absolute most favorite photo.

And, the best part?  It all came out in the wash!

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Saying yes is very hard for me to do. 

What about you?

Do you find it hard to be a "Yes - Momma"?

Monday, August 15, 2011

when blessings abound...

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#374. tiny footsteps slowly coming downstairs for the morning

#375. milk at the end of the cereal - so yummy!

#376. dripping butter and salty ears of fresh corn-on-the-cob

#377. corn parties - quarts and quarts of crushed and cut-off corn for the freezer

#378. "many hands make light work"

#379. Grandma's who offer to come over and clean (parts of) the house - while I'm not at home

#380. borrowing a car

#381. coffee rings on the counter

#382. gifts of boardwalk fudge - found in the fridge!

#383. honking geese - flying high overhead

#384. little yawns and wake-up stretches

#385. muddy water puddles

#386. saying "yes!"

#387. ads in the paper - HUGE answer to prayer (more on this another time)

#388. Aubrey skipping through the house

#389. faith - of a mustard seed (Matt. 17:20)

#390. the song - our song - on the radio

#391. bowl of buttery popcorn  (part of an a.k.a. Mennonite Supper)

#392. fistfuls of dandelions

#393. silent flutter of a butterfly on wing

#394. busy bees

#395. willing hands to transfer laundry from washer to dryer

#396. band aids

#397. another sewing order in the works

#398. pizza socials

#399. another car possibility - within our immediate price range   SOLD OUT! right out from underneath our noses.  Oh well... that was our answer - on that car possiblility.

#400. claps of thunder

#401. continued good reports from dr's visits -the last one is scheduled for this coming Wednesday! 

#402. flower petals wet with raindrops

Counting on... and on... the abounding blessings that lead to One Thousand Gifts!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday's Finds | Cute and Cheesy

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Today's find is definitely a cheesy one...but it's cute.




{Welcome to Friday's Finds! For those of you who are new to this blog and/or just poppin' in - Hello! and welcome. On Friday's I like to try and feature "a find" of no particular value or sentiment, no reason or rhyme and yet, exactly for all of those reasons I just mentioned. You'll never guess what I'm going to find, next.}



So, this is for all the new-to-be married out there or maybe just recently you've been married... and you really, really think you KNOW your spouse or spouse to be.

You don't.

Wait a couple of years...

There is always something new to know about your loved one.  And, I'll be honest...
although this one still makes us smile... I'm sure that there will be many more, just like this one, that will keep my husband and I "surprised".

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The other evening, Scott and I were out to dinner (with the kids).

In the past, it's always been, we'll discuss if we'd like an appetizer or not.  If we both agree... it's not long before one of us will volunteer to get fried Mozzarella Cheese sticks.

I swear.

I believed I would agree or volunteer the idea to Scott based on the fact that I WAS SURE it was because HE LOVED THEM.

He swore, he would suggust or agree to them because...well...

"No, It's because YOU LOVE THEM, Bev!"

We went round and round on this, not believing this to be true... ending up in laughter.

We both like them.  But - geez, Seriously, we would be willing to try other appetizer's had we not been so willing to try and please each other with cheese.


Isn't that funny?

Do you have any similiar stories?

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Have a wonderful weekend.

Oh, by the way.  Tomorrow is a 1,000+ ear-of-corn, Corn-y Party.

Think of me... please, with thoughts and prayers.







Thursday, August 11, 2011

Bevelled, dishevelled and now reassembled

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Quite the post title, I know, but let me explain.  We had quite the week around here, last week, at least in the beginning.

I knew this was going to happen at one point - just not sure exactly when.  So when I noticed a white work van pulled up into the front lawn - EARLY Monday morning, last week.  I was in tears.  Literally.
I wasn't expecting the "job" to take place that day.  I have lots of stuff in and around these windows.
I won't even tell you what my hubby thinks of it.  I'll let you think he's nice about it and L.O.V.E.S my style, immensely, and accepts my love of all things "dainty and breakable".

Not to mention... we had the fullest week last week with other things already planned and already going on.



Anyway.  I know these windows "were old".  It was probably time for them to be replaced along time ago.  They were letting in "too much" cold air and I know - that is not cost efficient.  But, they were bevelled glass!!!! There is nothing more charming in an old farmhouse then bevelled glass windows.

Don't you love the lock/knob?  (I realize it's not a very good picture.)

So, I called my sister, Jules - to ask if she could come over and give me a hand to move some of the furniture (IE; white table, old ironing board, and several other pieces) and "help move" most if not all of the kids toys upstairs - plus give a hand with some quick cleaning.  She loves doing this sort of thing. 
Plus, she was available....

Big Plus!

It was 2:30 in the afternoon, Monday, when "the guy" asked if he could get started on our windows.  I begged - please - if he could hold off on our four windows to do the following day.  He said, sure!
As well as, Scott needed to move the AC unit out of the kitchen window.  Besides the fact... I had decided that I didn't want to be around when he was here... because of the kids and whatnot.  So - I needed to quickly make arrangements for Tuesday. 

Can you tell I was feeling a bit dishevelled?

Grandma Susie agreed to come for Caleb at 8:00am the following morning. 

And, I kept Aubrey with me - while we cleaned upstairs, plus, she did get to go over to play with our little next door neighbor buddy for a little while - and that helped me go through ALL of the kids toys (upstairs) (tossing and putting some away) and do other reorganizing up there - that with them by my side would have put me over the edge.  At least.

By four o'clock pm, Tuesday...

These are the new windows.




Things are finally back to resemble reassembled in this corner of our living room.  Plus - we exchanged some things put to make needed room for the Pack & Play.  Of course...

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One of the things planned for the week was that on Wednesday of last week, Scott  would take the day off of work - with plans to make a car purchase.  Long story - something that ended up not happening. 

But, we got more knocked out on the baby-to-do list.  Like the crib/bassinet here.  I didn't get a picture of it - all in pieces.  The side rails needed to be re glued as some of the spindles had come out...


The painting began with gusto...
the reassembling... completed.

The finished piece...


left awaiting.

Can you tell - I don't enjoy pictures of myself, let alone taking them, of myself?  :)

I know some of you wanted to see this baby bump - again - before it's GONE - counting down,  about 14 days, to go.

((sigh))

I am so ready.

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Thanks for 'enjoyin' this rambling post.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Z" surplus - is plentiful

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When I pulled this jar out of my freezer, from who knows how long ago, I wondered about it.  I remembered it to be a jar of Zucchini Jam (a recipe from my mother) and decided to try it on my toast the other morning.



I liked it.  A lot.

Delicious if you like zucchini and delicious - if you don't.  No one really has to know...

I suppose you could name it something else - to get it past wrinkled noses, for those who don't like the "Z" word.



~ Zucchini Jam~
Peel and cut up 4 cups of Zucchini
add a little water and cook 15-20 minutes, until soft.
add one teaspoon of salt


Drain off almost all liquid - mix in blender (to puree) and add 2 cups of sugar.
Bring to a boil in medium saucepan... and add 1 - 3oz. (or 1/3cup, bulk) box of Jello - of your choice.
Can be frozen.  **Which is what I did - it's easier to freeze.

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And, then.  I had a hankering for this rustic recipe.  Something I've never tasted before... but I could imagine it's flavorful combination very well.  ;)  Scott was laughing at me.  I made it last night for dinner and I thought it was simply delightful.


~ Zucchini and Tomato Quiche ~

1 cup chopped Zucchini (center seed portion taken out)
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup grated chedder cheese
Parmesan cheese (I used maybe a 1/4 cup)
2 eggs
1/2 cup Bisquick
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 400*.  Grease 9" pie pan.  Sprinkle chopped ingredients into pan.  Mix remaining indgredients.  Pour into pan.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

** Now.  I felt like this needed a crust.  So I made this one, halving the recipe below to make one crust... and pressed into the bottom of my stoneware -Medium Bar Pan, from Pampered Chef, instead of a pie plate. 

~ Quick Pie Crust (great for Quiche) ~

1/2 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 cups flour

First mix water and oil.  Then add salt and baking powder - wisk together.  Add flour by stirring in.  I press it by hand into the pan.  Yields: 2-3 crust... depending on how thick or thin you want it to be.

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How are you enjoying your Zucchini and Tomato surplus??  Do you try to find all kinds of ways to use them up, or are you quicker to share the wealth by giving them away?  Either way... it's all good.  Right?

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Yes! You need to, at least, take a thank-you bite".

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Taste and see that the Lord is good... ~ Psalm 34:8

This past Saturday morning, I was blessed (once again) to get out of the house and join up with the ladies from our care group for breakfast (delicious, I might add) and to sit and delve into chapters 4 & 5 of the book - One Thousand Gifts.  Friends, if you haven't found a moment to get this book into your hands - I urge you, to go and get yourself a copy.  This book is really - a blessingYou need to get it!!

Chapter 4 is one that really struck several cords with me.  In this particular chapter, Ann, the author, is really noting the bridge phrase in several verses of Scripture .... and that being, give thanks, or he gave thanks.

She shares about moments of her day - moments that are non-stop with hurry and of going through the motions - moments that I know myself and many others can identify with.  We wish for more time.  Why is there not enough - time?

Hurry hurts us, hurry empties us.  It leaves us wanting.

As us ladies sat in our circle - sharing - we confessed the struggle that is for all of us.  Why can't we SLOW down and savor more, the moments of the day?  We read a little further in the chapter - where the author takes us to the place; this thought of to give thanks multiplies our time.  It's an interesting phenomenon.

Giving Thanks is what takes the not enough and makes it (more then) enough.

Thanksgiving makes time.  Really?  Give thanks and get time?  Give thanks .... slow time down with all your attention - and your basket of not-enough-time multiplies into more then enough time. ~ Ann Voskamp

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When a particular food is good.  We choose to enjoy it.  We slow down to chew it, savoring it to the fullest.  We are tasting it - fully.  Digesting it right into that place of satisfaction. Right?  So, it is with our day-to-day (mothering and not just...) moments.

Psalm 34:8 is the verse that came to my mind as we were discussing this chapter.  Taste and see that the Lord is good.  When were talking about the hurried-ness of our days and the lack of time there is to get it all done and we lose sight of our meaning and purpose (as mothers) in those moments full of chaos and ruckus.  It's in those moments when its hardest to slow down and be thankful, isn't it?

We weren't meant to gobble down the day - stuffing ourselves with time-spent-rushing-around.  It's okay to say "no" and to slow down and taste the daymoments.  When we do this - we realize just how full (and satisfied) we are. 
I understand the flip side of this as well.  There are many moments of "our day" (our lives) that we wish we could just hurry through them or never see them coming at all.  Moments that are hard.  VERY HARD! 

When my little ones give me a fit about trying a new dish, at a meal.  The challenge that we both face is for me to encourage them to try it and for them to understand - "well yes, you need to take a Thank-You bite."  (All thanks to my friend, Gail, for this neat and challenging idea.  I love it!)

It's in those hard places that giving thanks is very appropriate... but oh so hard to do.  Why would we choose to go through something we don't like or taste something we know we might not care for?  It's so that we can give thanks to the one where thanks is due.  It changes us.  It changes our perspective.  It's blessing given - both coming and going.

I want to savor long whatever time holds... ~ Ann Voskamp.

Continuing to taste with thanksgiving the day-moments... counting on to One Thousand Gifts.

#362. in all this (recent) humidity - at least there's a breeze

#363. the news that our friends baby - a girl, little Elizabeth - born very prematurely, at just 28weeks, weighing in at 1lb. 10oz. is defying all odds, feisty and fully breathing on her own.  A miracle.

#364. the idea for a supper of waffles and ice cream; a game of go-fish that followed - learning to lose, graciously

#365. my nerdy husband ;) 

#366. zucchini jam - spread pink on buttery toast (yes! there were a few wrinkled up noses - but surprise, surprise!!!!)

#367. the job of replacing old windows - is finished

#368. the car buying potential (#354) was waived off - due to a mechanic's eagle eye and recommendation

#369. a sister's willing help to clean and move furniture - at last minute, pushing aside her own duties

#370. the interrupted night of sleep - more sweet snuggles

#371. new joy, in old(er) toys - long forgotten about

#372. missing Sunday Service because little girl couldn't let go; sitting in her Sunday School class instead

#373. black ants are back - at least these are the big guys, easier to target and get rid of.


What are you savoring today?  Are you choosing to at least take a Thank-You bite?

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