Wednesday, July 30, 2008

being with my children...

I've been spending time with my children this week. After all the cottage-keeping I did this weekend I've been able to just 'be' with my sweetie pies. We went to the pool, long walks in the park, matinee's at the theatre('Mama Mia' and 'Wall-e'), bike rides at night, and sitting under our gazebo. I am lingering in the time spent with them this summer, knowing full well that there are not many left. Their childhood days are coming to an end all too quickly. I am just so thankful that they remain childlike in heart. They are satisfied with the simple and pure things. Not needy of worldly extravagance.

Something I've been pondering this week...
Luke 9:43-48
Jesus said to his disciples, "Treasure and ponder each of these next words. The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into human hands."
"They didn't get what He was saying...They started arguing over which of them would be most famous.
When Jesus realized how much this mattered to them, he brought a child to his side. "Whoever accepts this child as if the child were me, accepts me," he said. "And whoever accepts me, accepts the One who sent me. You become great by accepting, not asserting. Your spirit, not your size, makes the difference."

Friday, July 25, 2008

tending to our little cottage...

Cottage keeping is what I will be doing this weekend. My sweet hubby brought home some crushed granite to cover the grounds of our gardens. So he and sons will be hard at work, shoveling, wheelbarrowing, raking, smoothing, and beautifying. I will tidy the cottage by scrubbing bathrooms, mopping floors, dusting, vacuuming and tending to all that has been neglected for a while. I will also make hearty sandwiches and serve ice water to my 'boys', as well as prepare a nice dinner they can enjoy after such hard work in the hot sun. I do like to take care of them. I love being a wife and mother and keeper of the home. I am thankful to be a woman. I will take delight in tending to our little cottage.

This weekend is also the *Strauss Festival*. A romantic evening under the stars by waters edge at the ampitheatre in our community park. The theme this year is 'Carnival in Venice'. My hubby took me last night and it was a beautiful...the orchestra, dancing, dazzling costumes, Venice setting complete with a gondala, and fireworks we're enchanting.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

to dwell within Thy calm...

I found such comfort in the sweet words posted on my dear friend jAne's blog of a quote by Amy Carmichael, that I wanted to share it with you...

"Before the winds that blow do cease,
teach me to dwell within Thy calm:
Before the pain has passed in peace, give me,
my God, to sing a psalm.
Let me not lose the chance to prove
the fulness of enabling love.
O Love of God, do this for me:
maintain a constant victory."

*'The White Swans'-Alice Havers 

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Writer's Corner...

writer's desk... by Rachel Ashwell 

Rachel Ashwell's windsor writer's desk

Jane in 'Becoming Jane' writing

you can always write in a fluffy rose covered bed or at the table bedside

mailing written letters

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

attending to the wildflowers...

"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers~ most of which are never even seen~ don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do hear is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with {getting}, so you can respond to God's {giving}. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God -initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."~Matthew 6:30-34

Thursday, July 10, 2008

a quiet heart...

"I've kept my feet on the ground,
Ive cultivated a quiet heart."
~Psalm 131:2 (the message)

Roses fill vases about the cottage. Delicate white blooms. This evening as the sunlight filtered through the windows, I noticed how lovely it shown through the rose petals and water of the pink le fleur glass. I curled up on the rose sofa and pondered the beauty before me. Bella lay at my side. Quietness surrounding us as all the children we're gone. I took it all in. Breathing in the calm. Thankfulness flowing like a gentle stream.

"Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in." *1Peter 3:4

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Simple trust...

"LORD, my heart is not proud,
Nor my eyes arrogant.
Neither do I concern myself
with great matters,
Nor with things too difficult
for me.

Surely I have calmed and
quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me."
~Psalm 131