Friday, May 11, 2012

Full Days and a Full Heart

We have had a week that ranks right up there with its busyness and emotionally exhausting status. All that considered, though, it has been good.

It takes weeks of starts and endings and just BE-ings to make a person appreciate the small joys and sadnesses right along with the big-deal, whoop-and-holler kind of things that also happen. This week has been fraught with endings, but a few beginnings too, and it has been EVER-SO-FULL of goodness.
Blue girl after a light shower.

I shared with you a video last weekend of my Redhead's end-of-year choir concert. Those are poignant reminders of the fast passage of time. Seeing that group of kids grow to new heights and sound so very different each year makes it REAL. The concert was last Friday night; looking back at it makes the week seem REALLY long(which means it was FULL indeed)!
Mine is the tallest Redhead in the picture!

Saturday last weekend we had a chance to go hang out with some new friends and make even MORE new friends. It was a joy and a challenge talking and learning from this amazing group of women(for me)and seeing their wisdom and their joy in loving and serving their husbands and children, and serving their Lord Jesus by doing so. I left that day exhausted physically and mentally, but challenged. I've said it before, and it's a truth I wish I could swallow down deep and make a part of me: WE ARE BETTER AROUND OTHER PEOPLE. We are better when we allow others IN, allow others to seek out the goodness God has wrought and allow them to sharpen the dull spots by His grace. I know that integrity is often defined as "who you are when no one but God is looking," and I agree, but I know too that our deep-hearted interactions with others CHANGE us more into people that can be good even when no one is looking. As a mom at home, seeking to manage my home and teach my children and support my husband, all while honoring my Lord, I NEED that interaction and challenge. It gives my mind and heart something to dwell on while I am doing the many would-be mundane tasks of homekeeping. There really is no task too small to be done to His glory, but at times it's too easy to think only on earthly things, rather than praising and thanking God that He has given me this home, these people, this food, this STUFF, to care for diligently.
C's first harvest. Jalapeno and plum tomato!

Monday was piano lesson day. J always dreads her lessons before she gets there, and part of that is the need to practice more. She always feels the pull of knowing she didn't prepare properly, the drag of letting her teacher down when she hasn't worked hard. I think that too is a God-placed emotion, driving her to new levels of accountability and diligence, so that she will learn to willingly hone her skills and develop her talents for His glory. That is why we go to piano, to be faithful in what He has given.
Practice.

Tuesday night our whole family attended a homeschool honor society banquet, and I was so impressed by the achievements of the students and their parents as this school year--and for some, this homeschooling journey--comes to a close. Those young people have increased their skills and gained a line-item or two for their high school transcripts, but they have also increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man...like the Lord they serve. It was a bittersweet time being reminded that this day-to-day job has eternal, life-changing possibilities, and it will require and use up the BEST I can give it.
There's not much that's cuter than a three year old and her pet chicken!


Wednesday was a friend day. We haven't had a whole day to spend with them in months, and we were both blessed and worn out by all the energy that the kids exert together. Fun memories, and more of that sharpening I mentioned in my first paragraph.
A best-friend-day is such a joy!

Wednesday night my J had what we can only describe as a migraine, and we are not too terribly worried about it NOW, but when your daughter comes and says she can't see properly, that her hand won't move and her head hurts and now the side of her face is numb, it's a bit unnerving! Thankfully she spent Thursday recuperating and is fine, and we are hoping that no more of those nasty things will visit again!

Thursday we made a trip to the orthodontist, with stops at Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx. I found a perfect red mug to add to my morning coffee arsenal.

They had some wonderfully illustrated old children's books at Goodwill, too.
C loved the subject AND the colors!

We also had the treat of having lunch with Daddy, even if it was a sub sandwich in the car. When his job ends next week, we don't know how long it will be till we get to have that opportunity again. Thankful that the braces are nearly paid off, too. God's timing is perfect!

We found out Thursday evening that C had a collection of poems she submitted to a local university contest chosen as first place in her division, along with another poem chosen for honorable mention. It is exciting to see her efforts at developing her God-given talents being rewarded.
As her 'teacher', I still cannot take ANY credit for this!

Today was a day at home, but it was B's "last day" with the people in his office. They had a special lunch out for him and gave amazing gifts that just took our breath away. 

Lovely gift basket from Whole Foods. Wow!
One more instance of God's goodness: we bought a dishwasher today, and the Lord provided the funds through their sweet gifts to more than pay for it. "And my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." That's not a small  reminder of His faithfulness, as just this morning(I didn't know he was picking up the dishwasher today.)I finally felt like I couldn't go on much longer handwashing all the normal eating (and from-scratch-cooking) dishes that a stay-home family of six uses...I know it's a luxury, but we ran our old dishwasher THREE TIMES A DAY. Y'all, that's a LOT of handwashing dishes!

Today we also made yummy raspberry-lemon scones and homemade snow cones.

They were both absolutely scrumptious.

The snow-cone syrup was all-natural, made of organic sugar and real lime juice. We topped them with a bit of lemon and lime zest chopped into organic sugar. SO GOOD. Nothing artificial. Love it!

So there's my full head, full week, and many blessings that make for a full heart. God is good. We know this transition with my hubby's job hunt(and likely some lifestyle changes for the whole family)will not all be smooth sailing, but we are looking ahead to His provision and what adventures He has in store as we seek to live for His glory.
The heavens declare His glory!

That's what's going on HERE. How about you?

Blessings to you, my friends,

~april

2 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Beautiful full days of blessings!

I have a praise in that our home has officially sold. I now have just 32 to days to find a home, pack and move. A little pressure? :) We put a bid on a home yesterday that will give "The Money Pit" a run for it's money.
I wanted to let you know that I so appreciate all of your support and kind comments and if I am absent the next few weeks from your blog please know I will return soon.

For whomever you nurture, have a happy and blessed Mother's Day.

Allison said...

It was a sweet day. Your girls could have taken a better picture of US. Everything you touch turns beautiful. Thanks for touching my life in so many ways. Always~a