Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beginning Again

I love Spring! 
Everything around me seems so full of energy and life and a deep enthusiasm for growing.
 I get inspired to start new projects, organize, begin so many things anew.  

But for some reason, this year I am also tired.  I think as I am growing older (and, of course, much wiser!) I am more conscious of the work it will take to sustain these ambitions and projects.  I know more fully all that is involved in beginning again. 

 Right now I'm searching for a new job.  I know it's time to move on to something new, but it's overwhelming, too.  I've decided it's time to get outside and draw strength from all of creation as it quietly, bravely begins again with beauty and joy.   

So, Happy Spring Everyone!   


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pondering...

Yesterday, the kids and I watched the inauguration.  Sadly, I realized that it's the first one I remember watching.  I am hoping I'm just forgetting about others, but it does offer some insight into the laxness of my political involvement.  I vote and try to keep up with the news, but most of my time and energy goes into living (some days it's more like surviving) my own day to day life. 

But when I do stop to consider political issues, I realize that I don't fit anywhere. I am pro-environment, pro-life, and sometime even pro-government-please-stay-completely-out-of-my-personal-views/business. I have friends marching in today's Women's March on D.C. and I have friends posting articles and comments against it.  I have friends who are vocal Trump supporters and friends who are equally vocal in their absolute dismay at the way this election turned out. 

I feel lost and confused, like I'm wandering around in a dark forest of ideologies and can't find the one I'm searching for. I feel troubled by the angry/snarky/rude comments I see traded back and forth on social media from all views.  I feel overwhelmed by the deep division and vast gulf between sides.

But today I've been pondering Jesus and the diverse group of people with which he chose to surround himself.  Yes, he engaged with religious leaders, prostitutes, skeptics and many other "sinners."  But I'm thinking about his closest friends and how they came from such different walks of life and probably held very different views.  Several working class fishermen, but also a government tax collector and an anti-government zealot.  And he loved them all the same.  Deeply, personally, and sacrificially.  And he told them to do the same. 

  John 13.34 "A new commandment I give to you, 
that you love one another: just as I have loved you, 
you also are to love one another." 

Rembrandt van Rijn Christ Washing The Feet of His Disciples 

So to all of the different people whose paths have crossed with mine, please know that I rejoice in having each of you as a friend. And I will love you. I will think about you, worry about your troubles, laugh with you, invite you over for dinner (if you live close by) and help you in any way that I can. Because I am a political misfit, I probably won't be loving you for your beliefs; in fact, I may even be loving you in spite of your beliefs. 

But I will love you all just the same. 

~Amy

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Up, Up, and Away

Our monarchs are on their way!
We started with two caterpillars, fed them with milkweed leaves for a few days and then about 2 weeks ago they turned into this:
 And then this:
 And yesterday, this:
And last night we let them go!
Here's a video of one of them right after it "hatched."
video
This morning one was still hanging around, but we haven't seen the other one.  Good luck fellows!  It's been amazing watching you grow and change.

All Creatures of Our God and King

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!

Refrain:
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!

Refrain

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.

Refrain

Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.

Refrain

And all ye men of tender heart,|
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!

Refrain

And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

Refrain

Let all things their Creator bless,
And worship Him in humbleness,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
And praise the Spirit, Three in One!

Refrain

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Summer Recap


Oh, the things you can do when your wonderful husband cooks dinner!  
Like finally getting around to doing a new blog post!  
We had a fun, busy summer during 2016.  No camps or lessons, but lots of days with friends, Vacation Bible Schools, school review and planning for next year, Real Estate, a few birthdays and a family vacation!  And also lots of chicken wrangling.  Lots.
Our 6 girls have grown up a lot over the summer.  Here they are in May.
 Lucy
 Hedwig
 Buttercup
 Our Datsun trailer is up and running as a coop (now painted a lovely sky blue) and the kids have become adept at chasing and catching the chicks when they need to.
The girls are now full grown and laying eggs.  We usually have 4 a day at this point, but we think that two of them aren't laying yet.
 Hobbes, proud layer of the very first egg.
They also like to visit when they escape their fence!
  Gus and Kip kept busy with friends, art projects and legos when it got too hot to be outside.  
 I did a lot of school planning and worked around the house and in the garden.
Food in the garden becomes....


food in the freezer!
Laundry on the line becomes....

more laundry!

Scott worked long hours all summer and closed on several houses including this beautiful one just down the road from us!


 July brought our trip with the Deterding side of the family to Deep Creek Lake. 
Boating:
  Hiking:
   And relaxing on the lake:
  Scott and I got away for a weekend for his birthday in August, renting a SWEET ride and enjoying historic Leesburg, VA. 
 
 
 
   
 
 
Gus turned 9 on August 17th.  We can't believe it!  He is as energetic and vocal as ever, full of silly stories and infectious laughter-especially when being tickled or hearing a joke for the first time (or the 4th time, really)! 
 
 
We got him his own tool set with everything he needs to work on restoring and improving his collection of matchbox and hotwheels cars.
 
 We also enjoyed a visit with Scott's mom Carol Ann, full of swimming, shopping and very good eating.  As usual, I ended up with NO pictures.  Be forewarned, Nonnie!  Next time, I'm gonna take a million!! 
Now that we're back to school and on a more regular schedule, hopefully, I'll give more updates on what's happening around our homestead.  I just have to get Scott to make dinner more often  The kids like his cooking better than mine anyway! 
~Amy