Saturday, March 28, 2009

Clock from Mom & Dad, candles from Jill and wreath made by Tracy

Kids' maple syrup (pretty Crown Royal jar...hehe)

Jelly cupboard Dad made for me

plate rack Dad made for me

I LOVE simple things! I've never been good with details. Too much information at one time sends me into "shut down" mode, both visual and auditory. Christmas trees with too many decorations or multiple conversations at one time stress me out. That's partly why I love living in the country. The peace and quiet and the beauty, still my soul, mind and body. I also love doing simple things like making maple syrup! We've tapped only two trees in our backyard and are working on filling one jar. We are almost there. The kids find it fascinating and I find it tastey. My family knows that maple products are my favorite candy. We over-cooked one batch and made maple toffee...great mistake. So...I thought I would post a couple of "simple" things I enjoy.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More...what a dangerous word. We have MORE than most people in the world and we WANT more than most people in the world. How could we (I) be so discontent? Paul was too..."Oh wretched man that I am..." Romans 7. Things and experiences never seem to be least for very long. Our tank of pleasures is never full and the variety of things to fill it are innumerable. Like little monsters running around with "half empty" cups looking for the tap of happiness. The first question in the "Shorter Westminster Catechism" is: What is the chief end of man? Answer: to glorify God and ENJOY Him forever. So...part of God's purpose for me is to ENJOY HIM. That is what I should be seeking after. The enjoyment of everything Godly, anything he created that is good. My relationship with Him should be fun and pleasureable, so aught the things He has made for me. MORE of Him...less of me and the things of this world.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The little things are so precious...the last rays of sunshine at the end of the day, a dog's faithfulness, and a sturdy feed bucket. I needed some fresh air and sun at the end of a long hard day. Dreams of spring and having that comfy patio table and chair set from Sears, were making me a bit...dissatisfied. With mounds of hard snow everywhere and nothing to sit on, I was determined to catch those last warm rays before dark. I found a private spot behind the garage facing my mountain. With my long, warm hockey coat and tea in hand, I searched for a chair. Nothing but a good ole' feed bucket was found. That'll have to do...sun's almost gone. For the next 15 minutes or so, I drank in my peaceful view, the sun's warmth, the freshest of air and my hot green tea...on an upside down feed bucket. What an awesome few moments. They were interrupted only by the comedy of my dog and son #2. Gabe was trying to play hockey while Shadey continued to steal his pucks and bring them to me for safe keeping. Gabe's laughter added to my pleasure. Tea was gone and I was ready to get back into the race...with an atittude of thankfulness.

Friday, March 6, 2009

"I have learned the secret to contentment...I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."-Phil 4:12-13
I so admire faithful people who don't need much to keep them going. My desire for fun and change is a curse on those days when "hum drum" is on the menu. Oh, to be faithful and content in all things. The big SECRET is that Christ makes me able...He fills my heart with joy when there is nothing to be joyful about (or nothing that I can see). I just finished praying for all of my friend who are on March Break vacation to Florida, Sugarloaf and a Carribean cruise. Then, I asked for forgiveness over my coveting! Time to adjust my vision...My kids are healthy, My house is nice and warm, we had an awesome roast beef dinner last night and I painted Gabe's room this week...those are all things that I enjoyed and lots of people don't have. I have so much to be thankful for. God made me passionate and energetic...He will give me outlets for those things in His time and in His way. May I be faithful while I wait. Maybe I'll paint another room today?