Saturday, August 22, 2009

Our Proud Moment? Joy in the Meantime

Our Proud Moment/ Joy in the Meantime

Since a majority of our friends near and far are either becoming pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant or actually having their babies I wanted to write and share our good news with everyone.
After months of waiting to see if our garden would be successful, weeding and watering faithfully everyday we are proud to announce that we picked our first ripe watermelon on Saturday evening! There still is another little guy out in the garden waiting to ripen. It was 10+lbs! We were/ are so proud of ourselves. Gardens are NOT easy to grow so much. You just don't plant the seeds and hope for the best. OH NO! weeding, building supports, readjusting leaves, keeping critters out, watering, misting (yes! there is a difference),'s a job. BUT WELL WORTH IT. We are now eating not only watermelon but tomatoes(4 different kinds), green peppers, zucchini, snow peas. R.I.P red peppers...they didn't make it.
Anyway, we are glad that we were successful at this and are proud of ourselves and our "harvest". I LOVE growing things and watching them develop. I am an ISFJ after all (meyers-briggs talk).
We took pictures to commemorate these exciting few moments before we sliced into it. After we sliced into it, holy cow! It was one of the sweetest watermelons I've tasted this year.
Serious note (focus) we (John and I) LOVE to nurture and grow things. We both want children greatly however, until our time comes, like I mentioned in the cat post(see below), we find joy in and through other parts of God's creation i.e.: gardening, mentoring kids in our scatter group- other people's children, loving our animals and cherishing our family of 2 until it grows. I find myself sometimes missing out on joys in life because I wish for the next best thing. I am finding that there is so much joy to be had in the "meantime".....and I find great joy in eating watermelon that I helped grow!
We revel in our success as agricultural geniuses!
Being silly with the watermelon
He's being extra silly with it!
WeLOVE our watermelon. Its first bath
Then we ate it- score!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


warning: this is a bit somber and may be a downer
Blah. That's me lately. I've been holding it in but then that's not really good for a person so much, is it now? Somehow posting a blog makes it easier to work through. Things aren't bad- just blah.
With all of the daily routines, friendships, traditions, habits, events, family gatherings, relationships... I find myself totally bored. Not so much with the people and processes in my life but the way I find myself in the midst of it all. Where did my excitement go? It could be just a little low after a tremendous summer of going and going. Haiti, a fabulous vacation with my husband, going to and fro. It could be that I've just become blah on my own. In addition, I am feeling a quite spiritually anemic right now. Also, I feel at a loss for girl time. John and I are both pretty bored with this season of life (our lives being up in the air) I miss my family A LOT lately. So close and yet so far away. My creative outlets are diminishing, by my own lack of pursuit though. Wah, wah, wah...
God is good. Happiness is a state of mind. Blah is a a passing season. There is much to be joyful about even when I'm honestly not feelin' it. Which I'm not.
This is one of my favorite verses because :
a.) it's true
b.) it was on my wedding invitations (in part)
c.) it reminds me that a both a physical and spiritual season change are just around the corner.

To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill and a time to heal ...
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance ...
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
I am pretty sure that the New English Contemporary Trendy Pete Seeger Version would mention something like " a time for feeling blah and a time not for feeling blah"
It's in the blah times that I realize how good it is to be in the will of God, knowing he has my paths aligned, my heart in his hand. My moods, seasons and soul changes frequently but it's nice to rest in the fact that unlike all of these things, he never changes. Ever. At the appointed time, things change. "A time for every purpose under heaven" . In the meantime, I learn from this blah-ness and the non -change and will rejoice when the season will finally turn, turn, turn..