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Raining and Thoughts

This weekend was a good one, even though it was a hard one. The reality of our dear brother in Christ, David Cowherd, really being gone is a mixed bag of emotions. While life “goes on” here on this side of heaven, we miss his smiling face. Continued prayers for Jeanie and family. The visitation is tonight and the funeral is tomorrow.

Yesterday was a quiet day and today feels like a repeat of yesterday.

I have found sometimes in my walk with Christ that there are high moments and then the valleys. Valleys can be brought on by many things. And it’s odd, but while in a valley you can still have joy in Christ. You’d think a valley would just be consumed with heaviness and darkness. But amidst the trials there is still unwavering hope – hope in faithful Jesus.

But there are still times that bring on silence, thoughts whirling in your head and times of just being and doing with little thoughts. Oh the value of a walk or a mundane task amid “quiet days.” There’s just been a lot of process lately. A lot to think on. A lot to surrender.

Abi’s smiling face today has been lovely. She has two little curls on the top of her head that appeared after bath time this morning. The two curls counteract each other resulting in both standing straight-up on her head in one Alfalfa sprout. It’s super cute to witness the both bobble as she crawls about with a smile devouring her face. Amazing the affects of a full belly and teething meds.

Rachael is having a cute moment as well, setting up a picnic for Abi – which Abi promptly mauls and then claps. Rachael seems only mildly affected by Abi’s inability to “play right.” It’s fun to have two, even when they clash at times. And it still amazes me how much that toddler just loves that little baby – right where she’s at.

Matt and I have been trying to eat healthy again. HA! Isn’t that the story of our lives. But Matt stumbled across a book called “Eat this, not that” and it’s been helpful in eating REALISTIC healthy things. Let’s be honest, people, we just don’t have the time or determination to spend a whole afternoon making one dinner. Maybe that’s part of the cooking/workout plan – burning the calories in the food prep. Regardless, we’re exploring the possibilities of eating more healthy things without breaking the bank or feeling the need to jump on the organic fad. Let’s just say the only “Go green” we do is to “Go Green, Go White” (Michigan State – oh how my hubby would be proud.) Don’t get me wrong, taking care of the planet is a good thing, I’m just not into the craze of walking on eggshells as if the planet’s going to explode tomorrow. Maybe I’m just broken, but I think the world is going to look like we lived here after we’re gone – cuz, you know, we lived here. And I’m probably wrong – I have been in the past and will be again- but I feel like a lot of the “Go Green” is just a new fad, like skinny jeans and mismatching clothes. (Feel free to throw your tomatoes now. hehe.)

We’ve been going to the gym 4 times per week – no they’re not giving out door prizes. The kids enjoy their little daycare play zone and Matt and I “enjoy” killing ourselves for the sake of health. It’s actually quite nice to relieve stress and work hard, even at the expense of sweat dripping down your back. The gym can be so selfish, like the one “nicely fit” mom who dropped off her very overweight preschooler with fruit roll-up in hand into the daycare and then proceeded to the tanning room to tan her sculpted self. But we believe that the gum can also be a statement to God that we want to keep His vessel healthy and ready to go wherever He leads. We may not be marathon ready, but we’ll try to be run-a-flight-of-stairs-without-dying ready.

Well I better get going, Rachael notified me that she needs a tissue (she wiped her nose on my shirt while snuggling. mmmm.) and Abi has begun her daily curtain attacking. It’s raining outside. Despite common opinion of the rain being a nuisance, I like it.

Hope you all are enjoying your day and have enjoyed your weekend.


Have you ever thought that the all-sufficient Savior has promised those who walk in blind faith more than our minds can ever comprehend? That the only True Savior renews our minds, even when we feel most useless toward His Kingdom work? The Lord of all dares to touch our hearts, even as we stumble to find obedience. Oh how this soul wishes we Christians would embrace His Truth! And that the world would be different because of obedient hearts. Lord, change me. Lord, change us. All for Your glory. ---------- I am a Jesus-follower, a Homemaker, a Wife of the best man EVER, a Mom of 4 wonderful girls, a missionary in Africa, a Friend, an Encourager, a Seeker of integrity who is unsatisfied with a mediocre walk in Christ, and Blessed beyond any words that I could ever express. Thanks for being interested in my little slice of the world.

2 thoughts on “Raining and Thoughts

  1. :::Throwing Organic Home-Grown

    Going green isn't JUST for the planet, it's also good for us people!
    Love, your tree-hugging Aunt 😀

  2. hehe! Aunt Gayle! Yay! You commented! I figured I'd get some tomatoes from that side of the country. =) I know, I know “Go Green” is also about taking care of yourself, but I just think it's funny to laugh at how hard it's pushed and who stands behind it's push. No I'm not making a tin-foil hat and claiming aliens, just finding joy in the silly things in life. You know, the silly things like taking care of our planet and trying not to die of pesticides (wink). Those two topics are HILLARIOUS laughing matters. (wink).

    P.S. Thanks for your home-grown tomatoes. Please, please throw more. We want salsa – especially from your garden! mmmm mmmmm.

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