Monday, March 31, 2008
We are getting lots of rain - and that means a little water in the basement. Today was my weekly coffee date with Gail and she helped me carry Cody's guitar amp upstairs - we were both out of breath! I am glad she was here to help. Maybe if we didn't eat so many donuts Monday mornings it would have been easier on us! I have been wanting Cody to move his room upstairs for awhile - and maybe this time he will want to. I am thankful that I caught it in time to get the pump working again - and contained the water to one room.
The rain is cleaning up the muddy snow and the willow tree is turning my favorite shade of green - new life! The robins have returned and pretty soon asparagus will be growing - spring is here - even though there is snow in the forecast for tomorrow.
My baby will turn 16 on Wednesday - seems like it was only yesterday I brought him home from the hospital - I didn't know anything about being a mom. I had never even held a newborn - I cried when I had to change his diaper and had to call my mom in the room to show me how - look at me now! A little older and a lot wiser...
- but not during planting, calving, hunting or harvesting season
Through better and worse
- corn, bean and calf prices
In sickness and in health
-even when he acts like our 6 year old or waits til it's so bad he HAS to go to the doctor!
For richer, for poorer
-looks good on paper!
Til death do us part
Through flooded basements every spring
And chasing black cows on a moonless night
-great "together" time
And comparing childbirth to cow calving!
-"can't you just pull her out?"
Through grain bins blown apart and hay fires,
God keeps us together
-and lets us pick asparagus every Spring.
May the laughter never end.
by Carolyn White
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
“He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Mark 16:15 (NIV)
What do we really know of St. Patrick, in who’s honor patrons don green? To look around at the way modern day folk celebrate St. Patrick’s day, you’d think it all had to do with shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows and the ever famous pot of gold at the end of them. Well, that and the traditional “wearing of the green” to prevent any pinching that might occur on March 17th each year. But there is actually some wonderful truth that we can celebrate at this holiday and can pass along to the children in our lives.
For as far as history can tell, the story goes like this: At about the age of 16, Patrick, a Scottish young man born into wealth sometime in the late fourth century, most likely around 385, was violently captured by Irish raiders and forced into a life of slavery. Patrick later escaped and was reunited with his family, but in a dream, felt called by God back to Ireland to spread Christianity to the people of that isle. So this godly young man set about to make this dream come true. He prayed for God’s strength and then studied scripture to ready himself. Then He was prepared to return to the land of his captivity. He preached the Gospel and built churches throughout the country until his death on March 17, 461 . For the modern day Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is considered a time for spiritual renewal as they fondly remember the slave-turned-evangelist who spread Christianity to the Emerald Isle. For our families today, we can use him as an example of what a young person, sold out for God can do in their generation.
Just think about this man. How many of us, after being captured and held as a slave and forced to work in a foreign land, when finally set free, would actually return to the very place where we were enslaved? It must have taken a great deal of maturity and immense faith in God’s protection to go back to that island. And Patrick must have known that spiritual bondage is far, far worse than physical slavery.
In some ways, don’t we see modern day examples of just such a story? The drug addict who finds freedom from a life of addiction through faith in Christ, sensing a call to return to their old neighborhood and preach the freedom and everlasting life Jesus offers. The women who made a bad choice resulting in her and her unborn child both being the victims of abortion. Now she longs to counsel young girls to choose life for themselves and for their precious baby. All of these people serve as wonderful examples of someone who found freedom and longed to lead others there as well.
So at this time of year, when you spy a leprechaun or see a shamrock, whisper a prayer that God continues to raise up men and women who have been set free to return to the land of their captivity and lead others to the same liberating, life-giving freedom.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
6 years old today! Jaima woke up to a room filled with red balloons and streamers hanging from her doorway. Of course, she had to pose for her birthday picture! We will celebrate tonight with a cake (which I still need to bake!). She is having a High School Musical party on Saturday with friends from school, her cousins and family. Seems like only yesterday that my little Drama Queen was born!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
I got my ears pierced on Friday! I only cried for one second. Mommy and Cody went with me. Jaima had to spend the day with Daddy because she was driving mommy crazy. Just kidding, Sissy! Can you tell my hair is growing? It still sticks up. Some people say I have a mohawk.