Friday, January 26, 2018

A Grateful Heart


Happy Friday to you, friends! Another happy-busy week has flown by in a flash at our place. I had quite a few things to catch up on... I needed to grind wheat to refill my flour bin, get my homemade kombucha bottled, tackle the ever-present mountain of laundry, and get some extra bread baked and stashed in the freezer.

And there were the usual activities of tending to our daily homesteading tasks and homeschooling endeavors and keeping tabs on Jack... along with the lovely, ordinary interruptions that remind me to pause and savor the moment at hand, whatever it may bring.

Whew... no wonder the days seem to go by so quickly! (As they perhaps do for you as well!)

It is 33 degrees (F) at our place today and the sky looks as though it *could* snow... we only got a few inches out of the most recent storm that passed through. I am grateful because less snow makes it easier to do chores and keep our critters in their proper places. But I also yearn for just enough fresh snow so that I can spend some time on my snowshoes!

Here are a few things from my ongoing gratitude list recently...

:: Good timing. I don't spend much time on social media, so I was ecstatic when a brief check-in coincided with a live session that my favorite Christian artist Matt Maher was doing just then. His music has been such a source of joy and encouragement for me... I find him quite inspirational.

:: That puppy of mine, Jack. He weighed 21.6 pounds at his veterinary check-up this week. Last time he was 13 pounds. Ha! He gained more than eight pounds in a month. He's an eater, that Jack! The veterinarian said he looks great and even complimented his good behavior. I felt like such a proud puppy-parent! {smile}


:: Good enough. I haven't had any time to sew nor did I spend much time on my own classes this week. I noticed that it wasn't causing me to fret, not getting to those things I enjoy, as I had hoped to. I have spent time on other things that were calling for my attention instead, and I am thankful for that. It is nice to not be such a taskmaster toward myself.

:: An excellent read. This week, I finished reading for the first time The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. What a book! I am going to read it again (and again) until I can absorb its wisdom and encouragement into my very being.

:: Ordinary things...Knitting on the shawl that *was* to be for me, but now I am thinking it would make a lovely and unexpected gift for a certain someone that would likely be quite surprised to receive it...Obedience training with my puppy, I can see him trying *so* hard to do the right thing...Leisurely conversations with my children around the lunch table. Those dishes can wait!...Resuming our focus on memorizing Psalm 119 in our homeschool...Trying out a new cake recipe and watching my tribe devour every last bite! {smile}...A glimpse of my cow-friend Matilda in the barnyard as I pass the kitchen window.

Good things, all of those. The blessings of a simple life.

Thank you, friends, for coming by my blog this week. I do appreciate all who take a few moments to read my ramblings. And I wish you a joyous weekend and much to be grateful for where you are.

Kindly,