Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Echoes of Community

Sometimes the monotony of everyday life gets to me, but little reminders in my house of our community, our friends, are always a blessing.  My community is simply the people with whom I share my life and thinking of them always cheers me up.  Here are some special things in my kitchen that remind me of those I love:
  • A mostly empty bottle of Dr. Pepper in the back of my fridge belongs to my friend’s husband.  He loves the stuff.  Our family doesn’t care for it.  But there it is, in the back of our fridge, and it always makes me think of him.  They helped us build a greenhouse.  Our girls are best friends.  We love them.
  • A bag of rice flour in the baking cupboard reminds me of our good friend who has Celiac’s Disease (he can’t eat gluten).  My husband likes to bake and will make gluten-free treats when this friend comes by.  We like having this honorary “uncle” around for our daughter to love.
  • A pizza in our freezer.  It’s waiting to be shared with someone, given to a hungry family, or maybe just a reminder that we will not go hungry, today.  My life is bigger than just me.  Feeding people is a small thing I can do to be Jesus with skin on for someone else.
What matters most to me is family, friends and an authentic life.  When I get bogged down in piles of dishes, dirty floors, or laundry monsters, I find my way out by remembering that my life is bigger than just me.  Faith in God, loving others, and a willingness to help those in need should be etched into my heart.  Maybe it is…

“Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that‘s in you, love him with all you‘ve got!  Write these commandments that I‘ve given you today on your hearts.  Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children.  Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.  Tie them on  your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-9 - The Message

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

Six years and counting...
Truthfully, it's been ten years, but it's only been six (Sept. 20) since the day I walked barefoot through the oak trees to meet him as my husband for the first time. I can honestly say it was the happiest day of my life. I could say that about childbirth, but I'd be lying. Part of our lifestyle commitment has been to encourage other couples to hang in there, make it work, and find creative ways to love each other. We are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but we are committed! Here are some simple ways to love your spouse this fall:
  1. play in the leaves together
  2. have a coffee date in the middle of the day
  3. turn off the t.v. and talk
Here are a few things that may have saved our marriage (so far):
  1. praying together
  2. jumping on the trampoline (great for aggression!)
  3. sharing common interests and making time for them- especially active ones like snowboarding, running or hiking
We hope each of you find time in your busy day to appreciate the ones you love, today. Blessings!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Book give-away

I know blogs are a little passe in the quickening world of twitter. However, I still enjoy writing in mine. SO- since no one who actually signed up to "follow" actually left a note, or vice-versa, I'm suspending the give-away until a further date. However- I just won a case of Jesus Storybook Bibles and I will definitely be giving one or more away in the near future (as soon as they arrive). So! Stay tuned for more freebies- hopefully the interest will increase or I'll just have to go back to my usual boring drivel. :)