Sunday, July 29, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Today our Storyteller celebrated his 7th birthday in fine style! We stayed overnight last night at a waterpark resort and had hours of fun today swimming, splashing, sliding, riding, screaming, eating and resting on the 'lazy river'. What fun! We have had cake, sparkly candles, ice cream, lovely gifts and tomorrow we hope to have a friend over to enjoy more cake and ice cream! We are totally tired in a wonderfully happy-worn-out-water-logged-good kind of way!
Can I be completely honest and say, I don't know where the time has gone? I think it was just yesterday that we were marvelling at the precious gift of his life! He is a true miracle, not of modern medicine, but of God! After years and years of infertility, and our adoption of our sweet Dreamer, we were sure that it was not part of God's plan for our family to have any 'homegrown' babies - we planned to pursue adoption again when we discovered that God had another plan!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
It wasn’t long before my colors were set in a salt water bath, I was dried, pressed, cut and hemmed - then put into service in the kitchen. I dried many a sink full of dishes , and even more hardworking hands. At first I was used mostly for Sunday and when we entertained, for I was a bright spot in the otherwise humble kitchen. I was hung carefully on the oven door and all could see my brightness. I was washed often and carefully hung to dry. I was ironed and returned to the linen drawer for future use.
As I became faded, I was used more often, though my tasks were not always as pleasant. I was used to dry out the turkey at Christmas, and to cover the bread while it rose. I was used to mop up spills and even to cover more delicate fabrics as they were being pressed. Then one day, I was ruined by a big splotch of dark blue that would not come out. I was washed and then relegated to the bottom of the linen drawer, rarely used.
By and by a young girl took a fancy to me, and I was sent home with her. I was placed in her drawer, and eventually in her hope chest. She didn’t seem to mind the blue stain. After she married, I was often used, for there were few other towels in the drawer to choose from. I was hung carefully once again on the oven door, my dark stain hidden.
I do not know just how long I will serve my strange new purpose, but I will do my duty with a bit of classic kitschy style. It will be nice to get out of the kitchen! I think we shall have good times together, my maker and I.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
We have one grocery store check-out girl completely convinced that we are vegetarians, just because I go there mainly for the produce and don't ever buy meat there. She asks me about it every time. I have considered lining up in other lines, but she is super efficient and knows a cabbage from a carrot so we stick with her.
The other day, the inquisition centered around my choice of laundry soap - admittedly, a guilt pleasure. Perhaps I was too sensitive, but in my defense, I was at the store early before the Historian went to work, and I was without children since they were still nestled in their beds. My daily orange juice had not 'kicked in' and my morning meds were rolling dangerously in my tummy.
Clerk: "Oh, you're buying that Mrs. Meyers laundry soap. Did you see that All was on sale for $3.69 - that's less than half the price of this stuff."
Me: "I really like this product, thank you. It's so fragrant and really, a little goes a long way."
Clerk: "There are new scents in the All products too, and they are on sale."
Me: "Thanks but I really like this and I know it agrees with our daughter's sensitive skin."
Clerk: "For $3.69 you could give the All a try, you know - it comes in scent free too."
Me: "No, thank you - I like this product. I know I am spending a bit too much on laundry soap and that I could economize more in this area, but I know it is environmentally safe, it is wonderfully fragrant, and it really works well in my HE machine."
Clerk: "So, you think this is economical?"
Me: "YES!!! For me, it is economical, because I REALLY like it! I don't waste money on beer, cigarettes, junk food, coffee or bingo. I don't buy lotto tickets or gamble, I buy everything I can on sale and get many of our clothes second hand. I sew our curtains, make gifts from scratch, and I try to be frugal, but I really like this soap!!!!
Clerk: "OH! Will that be paper or plastic?"
I didn't loose my temper, but almost! I did apologise as I handed her my money, but what's a girl to do? Since I found another coupon from Mrs.Meyers in my purse that was also expiring, I went back again to get another bottle for the pantry and a different clerk, very friendly, asked if I liked the soap and found it economical!!! I thought, 'Oh no, here we go again.' Thankfully she accepted my 'yes' and moved on!
I think I'm going to have to start praying for patience before I go grocery shopping!
So, what I really need to know is, what is your most interesting 'Check-Out Inquisition'? Or, is it just me?
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
"We should get together 'someday'."
"That would be great!"
What, exactly, are we waiting for?
I grew up in a home that modeled Biblical hospitality - my dad and mum filled our dinner table almost every Sunday with whoever would come. We have great memories of my mum's wonderful dinners and all the folks we shared them with. When The Historian and I got married, I hoped our home would be the same. We started well, but then quickly realized that many folks found it an imposition to be invited. Still, we kept on trying to open our home and we loved it when folks would come a share a meal with us.
Somewhere along the line, I got too fussy and complicated and made the family miserable trying to have everything 'perfect' for company. So, we went back to a simpler format and it was far more enjoyable for everyone. I love it when I actually learn from my mistakes! When we moved, hospitality was put on hold until we got more settled, but about that time poor health began to limit my energies and hospitality became difficult.
We've lived with liver disease for quite a while now, and I have good days and not so good days, but life continues on. My primary responsibilities are to my husband, our family and serving the Lord through our local church ministries, but I also want to invest a little more of myself in friendship. Not 'someday', but today.
No one is going to be less busy tomorrow than they are today. I'm always going to have projects I am in the middle of. My home is not going to be 'magazine shoot' perfect and dust free. Ever. It doesn't need to be.
We are going to offer hospitality simply. I will try not to apologise for the mess - that's going to be hard, but I will try. We have been given this home by God to use for His glory - it about time we use it! God calls us to be hospitable!
Today I invited a lady, who is a widow, from church over for lunch. It went like this:
"Would like to come for lunch one day this week?"
" Um, sure - I think Tuesday is clear for me."
"That would work well for us too"
"Yes - well, our children will be home of course."
"No other ladies?"
"No, I'd just like to get to know you better."
"Yes, something simple - just lunch."
"Alright then, I'll see you Tuesday."
Do you think maybe she has been to too many Mary Kay / Tastefully Simple/ Candle Lite/ Pampered Chef or Tupperware parties????? What ever happened to just lunch?
Friday, July 6, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
We'll be reading part of the Declaration again and remembering just Who governs the affairs of men and allows Kings to sit upon their thrones.