This Man

>> Monday, October 27, 2014

Turns 40 today.

His beard has been trimmed a little since these pictures were taken,
but the ready, infectious smile is the same.
As is the shaved head, all velvety soft,
and his dislike for having his picture taken.
But his playfulness...
and his willingness to put up with my incessant picture-taking are just two of the qualities I like best about him.  There are too many others to list.

I love you, Man.
Happy birthday!


Practicing Gratitude [10.23]

>> Thursday, October 23, 2014

It's been quite a week around here.  Last Friday, AJ had her tonsils and adenoids removed and yesterday was her first day back to school.  Man, I tell ya, I am so thankful she was up for it already.  It's tough occupying a kid at home who feels fine other than a sore swallower!

I'm thankful the weather has been so beautiful.  At least she could go outside and enjoy fresh air and a bit of light physical activity.  And I could wear capri pants and sandals for a walk a couple more times!

I'm thankful that AJ's healing has been quite rapid.  She returned to school yesterday, despite her hospital papers which say she may return to school one week after the procedure.  (in my defense, I only discovered that line while we were eating breakfast this morning!  AND, in our pre-op appointment with the OR nurse a week beforehand, we were told she might be ready to return to school on Monday already, so clearly there are differing opinions on the matter.)  I'm thankful her appetite has returned and that she can already eat almost everything she could before.

And did I mention how thankful I am for the weather this month??  It has been fantastic.  I keep wanting to empty our dressers, closets, and shoe racks of our summer gear to make a bit more room, but then suddenly we're needing shorts and sandals again!  It's fairly unusual for this time of year in my neck of the woods, so it's been a wonderful treat.

I'm grateful for democracy, even though so often I don't get the representation I hoped for.  I actually have a hard time caring about elections sometimes because I know that even if the candidates I want to win are elected, they aren't going to keep all their promises.  Many times it seems like nothing changes other than the names in leadership.  And yet I'm thankful for a system that makes dictatorship and tyranny something I don't need to worry about.  I know that's a privilege not everyone in this world enjoys.

And I'm thankful for views like this on my way to the polling station...

Oh, and for candy corn!  :)


Got Joy?

>> Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On Thanksgiving Sunday, our church's associate pastor didn't preach the "normal" Thanksgiving sermon.  He preached instead on John 15:9-17, focusing fairly specifically on v. 11, the joy verse.  At least, that's the part that caught my attention anyway...

10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Jesus links joy here with obedience, of all things.

Just look at your kids and you KNOW obedience is generally NOT a source of joy!!  (Okay, maybe yours aren't like that; look at mine then.)  To be brutally honest, we can probably look in the mirror and know obedience doesn't make us happy.  We hate submitting to anyone and anything other than ourselves and our own desires.  Obedience is just not something we associate with joy-production.

I have been considerably joy-less for quite some time.  Sure, there are reasons ~ some probably less legitimate than others ~ but the Scriptures teach us that our joy is supposed to transcend our circumstances.  So then the only conclusion to come to is that my circumstances are not the problem.  And what if it isn't even the attitude adjustment I've been struggling to give myself month after month that really matters either?

What if I'm lacking joy because I'm lacking obedience?

Definitely something to ponder.


October Daybook

>> Monday, October 6, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook, hosted by Peggy @ The Simple Woman's BlogOutside my window... sunshine from the east is making the clouds coming over the hills in the west look very dark and ominous.  But the Juncos, Chickadees, Blue Jays, and Mr. Cardinal, seem very unconcerned.

I am thinking... I wish I was as unconcerned about the coming winter as they are!

I am thankful... for the great weekend visit we enjoyed with my parents.

In the kitchen... The Man is making lunch.  He was preparing to bake a batch of cookies, but now has some grain-hauling work lined up for himself this afternoon.  (drat)

I am creating... nothing.  I really need to remove this prompt from my version of the Daybook!!

I am going... to town later than usual this afternoon for my weekly grocery run because Mack has a volleyball practice after school from 5-6.  Usually I pick her up from our church's after school youth program on Mondays at 5:15, but today she'll have to duck out of youth early and run back to school for an extra hour before she gets to come home.

I am wondering... what should go on the menu and grocery list for the week.  I REALLY need to get off my butt and make that rotating menu that I've talked about doing for years!

I am reading... Organized Simplicity (Tsh Oxenreider) and Radical (David Platt)

I am hoping... we won't see "real" snow for a while yet.  There was a brief flurry this morning...  :P

I am looking forward to... joining a Bible study group with some people from our new church.  We just found out about it on Sunday.

I am learning... that apparently I am no longer the only authority on the subject of "cool" anymore.  ::sigh::  (probably won't be long before I am never consulted on these matters at all!)

Around the house... it feels very quiet after mom and dad left this morning.  With the girls off at school though, it feels a lot more normal than when weekend guests leave and we're all still at home, wondering what to do with ourselves.

I am pondering... the overwhelming nature of the clutter in my girls' room and the upstairs landing just outside it.  I'm really at a loss as to how to deal with it and whether or not to include them in the project.  (if and when I ever actually decide it HAS to be done!)

A quote that caught my eye... 
"The gospel reveals eternal realities about God that we would sometimes rather not face.  We prefer to sit back, enjoy our clich├ęs, and picture God as a Father who might help us, all the while ignoring God as a Judge who might damn us.  Maybe this is why we fill our lives with the constant drivel of entertainment in our culture -- and in the church.  We are afraid that if we stop and really look at God in his Word, we might discover that he evokes greater awe and demands deeper worship than we are ready to give him." (David Platt, Radical, p 29)
One of my favorite things... watching my dad play with my girls.  They're getting to the point where their "play" has changed and sometimes now it's going for a walk or raking leaves, but it's still fun to watch them want to be together.

A few plans for the rest of the month:  the trips to a small city two hours away for some pre-op appointments (and shopping), and then for AJ's tonsil and adenoid removal; stocking the pantry and freezer with things she'll be able to eat; The Man's upcoming goose-hunting weekend and what us ladies will do at home to make the holiday feel special without him (it will be Thanksgiving here in Canada); and The Man's 40th birthday at the end of the month!

A peek into my day...
Pretty glamorous, eh??

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WW: September Elevator Project

>> Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You can't really tell from the picture above, but this field is finished now.  As we were driving home from church the day before, I wondered aloud to The Man how long it would be before this field would get harvested.  We both guessed it wouldn't be too many more days.  Turned out, sometime in the 22 hour period between that drive home from church and the drive into town the next afternoon, the job was done.  They were still working on a different part of the field, but my hopes of getting a picture of the elevator with combines working in the foreground will have to wait for another year!

Okay, so it wasn't COMPLETELY wordless... My bad.
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