Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Garden :: First week in July

The heat finally came and, combined with two.whole.weeks of thundershowers every day, we've got a little jungle growing out here. The zucchinis that I planted for the first time from seed decided to start growing and look out, people! I see a "Free Zucchini!!" stand at the end of our lane soon :) The beans are climbing away, the marigolds are keeping the bugs at bay, and the onions, carrots and beets are looking scrumptious! The tomatoes are just teasing us with their gorgeous green globes and the spinach, swiss chard, lettuce and herbs fill our plates each day. A new favorite treat is radishes - sliced with a little dollop of butter and sprinkle of sea salt. Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! And the raspberries...wildly delicious. A handful in our supper smoothie, some more on top of yogurt and most of them straight from the bush to our tummy. So thankful for the quiet moments out in this little space. Don't get me wrong, there are definitely times when there's too much happening and I'm tired and the garden chores are just another thing I need to check of my 'to-do' list! But more and more I'm finding when I keep our days simple, and move through the tasks of caring for this crew with a gratefulness and awe at the task I've been given, that the little things - pulling weeds, rinsing greens at the kitchen sink, winding the tender shoots of the bean plants up the fence - become a joy instead of a job. So often I let my feelings of tiredness, frustration, impatience and inadequacy hide what He has given as a gift. Thankful for grace and a Teacher who never stops revealing His truth to this (somewhat of a slow-learner?) girl's heart :)
Therefore with joy you will draw water
 from the wells of salvation.
And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
~Isaiah 12:3-4~


   //Green smoothies from the garden every day. SO GOOD!!! I know, it kinda looks gross but, trust
     me, they taste amazing! And all you have to do is call it the "Incredible Hulk Smoothie" and the 
     kids think it's awesome :)

   //The hammock, in one of its more peaceful moments.

   //Keeping cool and having fun

   //Everyone loves hanging out with Dad after chores

                                  //Getting ready to run!

                      //Mommy's girl

   //I get by with a little help from my friends :)

   //Bubble blowing with big brother

Just some sweet moments from the end of June that I don't want to forget. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Never a dull moment...

 The kids and I got Pete a hammock for Father's Day. I had visions of quiet coffee breaks, afternoon naps in the shade, little readers rocking away with their books in a gentle breeze. And it was as blissful as I hoped...until the boys discovered that if you pushed each other realllly hard you could actually flip the whole thing around and have a 360 degree swing. Ya....
...4 hours at the ER and an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon later I was definitely weighing out the pros and cons of that collarbone-breaking contraption. I won't lie, those first few days were rough around here. Thankfully, things settled down as they inevitably always do - did you know that crazy is our normal? :) We were referred to a wonderful ortho-surgeon who is an answer to prayer. He was familiar with Jude's Sprengel's deformity and his knowledge, combined with his genuine care for and rapport with Jude, set this mama's heart instantly at ease. So grateful, too, for the family of Christ surrounding us and covering us with their prayers. You know those times when you can physical feel the power of prayer and watch that unfold before your very eyes? This was definitely one of those times. Thank you for lifting us before His throne.
  Jude is doing amazingly well, astounding us daily with what he is able to do and how he is recovering. Throughout it all, he has had such a sweet and accepting spirit - not once complaining or being frustrated or discouraged by his initial limitations. He is such an example to me about being content no matter what the circumstances. So grateful for the grace-filled reminders God continues to send my way. 
 And now? Well, really, for anyone who saw him and didn't know him, you wouldn't even realize he's running, climbing, swimming, and playing with part of his collarbone just floating around in his shoulder. That's our boy :) We continue to visit the ortho-surgeon in KW every other week for xrays and appointments, just to make sure everything is healing the way it's supposed to but, other that that, we're back to normal around here. And you know what that means... :)

 I always thank my God when I pray for you because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people. ~Philemon 1:4-7 (NLT)