What a day this has been. Today is the 1st day of the rest of my life and also the 1st day of the week. In being the 1st day of the week I have been blessed with the privilege of being able to go and spend time with my brothers and sisters. I love being able to go and praise my Lord and Savior. This morning really seem to be special in so many ways. Only at the end of my day can I really appreciate everything to the fullest. Some of you know our minister's wife has brain cancer. I knew Tim was struggling this morning but, only this evening do I have an idea of how great that struggle was. You see Belinda has really taken a turn in the last few day. Not only was Tim struggling but, there are several others in our congregation who are either dealing with serious illness, have a loved one who is, or has lost somebody special to them. Somehow, this seems to me to have made our congregation closer, more sensitive to each other and more in touch with our Father. He truly does hold us by our right hand and tell us not to fear because He is with us. Many times in the last few months have I thought of how fragile life is and how we need to make sure we walk out our lives each second to the fullest. I am so blessed to be a member of the Lord's family. As we left church we stopped and grabbed a quick bite as the afternoon was full also. You see, I ask the Lord for bees several years ago and He gave me a hive (actually a couple of hives). However, I managed to loose one of my hives this spring because one of the storms we had was really bad, cold, hail, rain, and the top of my hive blew off. unfortunately I did not realize this until several days later. By the time I realized it all of that hive was dead. Well, I had ordered a queen to requeen the other hive and she had arrived. I am blessed with some gentlemen connected with the Williamson County Beekeeper Association who have been a great source of encouragement to me and a LOT of help. One of these gentlemen came out this afternoon and assisted me in spliting the remaining hive and putting the new queen in the new hive. Now that is a real blessing, but, the even bigger blessing is that I did not get stung at all. The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the hummingbirds are zipping around and talking and my family loves me. What more could one woman ask for? How has the Lord blessed you today?
As caterpillars change and become beautiful butterflies so does life change. This year has presented many changes and challenges. As we have gotten to some of these things I have had to remember that even when it does not look like it is going to be a good thing God is in control. It is so comforting to kinow that He promises to use all things good or bad for the good of those who love Him. I have struggled because I am so far behind where I think I should be at this point in the year. However, the weather is so strange this year that it is hard to know where you should be. Well, on to changes. Jerry and I have been married for 36 years and January marked a new era in our marriage. You see when Jerry & I got married we had 3 little ones between us. Then we had an invalid parent, a grieving parent, a nephew, a new baby, a different aging parent, children, and renters sharing our space. Some of these were at the same time some at different times. Nontheless, Jerry and I have never lived alone in all ours years of marriage. In January our son bought a home and moved, 2 weeks later my brother in law (garden helper) moved to OK.
As we looked at things that needed to be done around our home we began some major remodel projects. This along with trying to figure out what I need to plant and areas I need to concentrate on this year there have been many things to consider. As far as the remodel project we needed to be able to come together on what we as a couple could both enjoy and still afford to do, what would improve the value of our property and yet allow us to hold the uniqueness of it. Here are a couple of pictures that go from the beginning to the present (we are still not finished). At this point the contactors are finished with their part of the project and it is up to us to finish.
I decided this year because I don't have the help I had last year and the possibility of drought again that I needed to do things differently. I tend to get tooooo many new projects started along with the ones I am trying to finish. This year my goal is to completely get the iris and herb bed in the front of the house completed in a way that I do not have to spend hours and hours on maintenance. I also am working on containing my chickens in a way that I actually have produce to sell. Because of these 2 things and the probablity of drought again this year I am selectively planting items. I have planted beets, turnip green, tomatoes, strawberries and potatoes. I always have green onions, rosemary, thyme, oregano. This year I have been blessed with a LOT of dill and cilantro that the Lord has planted for me. I have some pictures of what the iris area looked like before I started working on it but have not gotten them loaded. One of the things that happened last year is I got a strange kind of grass in this bed that took over this area and grew to be 3 feet tall and impossible to handle with the limited time I had. However, it made great mulch. I have gotten most of this handled this year and am about 2/3 finished with heavy mulching. I am really looking forward to the beauty of this area in a few short weeks as I have many things that are getting ready to bloom. The Iris above is one that came up in a bed of white irises. It will be transplanted . I love the way God surprises us with beauty in unexpected ways when we need it the most. Thank you for checking in.
I am 57 years old and ever growing in the Lord. Sometimes I am graciously growing sometimes not so graciously. What are your thoughts on your life. Proverbs 16:3