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peace I leave you; my peace I give you… Jn.14:27


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Yes! to tending a tree

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This year we planted 3 trees and 4 grapevines.  My garden was a bit of a wash as I tried to keep the trees alive through the drought last summer.

I’m reminded this week of sermons our pastor has given on parenting. Raising children is like tending a tree.

Little saplings require much care and protection. With thoughtful placement, stakes and supports are fixed in the ground to steady their sway and keep growth in the right direction.  Fencing is necessary to dissuade pesky rabbits from eating the tender bark that they love so much. Lots of consistent watering and some extra fertilizer all give room for optimal growing conditions.

Caretaking and protection are required in abundance in the early years.  As saplings become younglings, the roots are established.  The rabbits no longer want to chew the thicker, stronger exterior. Continued watering and fertilizing are needed. But a big concern at this stage is helping the tree to stand tall and to eventually let it stand alone after it has been trained so that it can grow true and tall.

Good reminders even for the kids to  help them understand why parents put on restraints and corrections and why we sometimes let them weather the gusts of wind without the supports.  All in the name of growing true and tall trees in earnest and with prayers to the grower. Continual care is needed here too, but oh, all the more!

31 days of Yes! is me dedicating to post each day for the month of October (which is a Yes! in itself) and to find one meaningful Yes! in each day. Over 1200 bloggers are participating thanks to the lovely Nesting Place.


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Yes! to the day

25:31 days of Yes!

Another gorgeous gift of a day. A longtime friend came to visit. We laughed and enjoyed sharing the afternoon together. Pumpkins were finally bought for the brood and they carved them in the backyard.  We picked up a few neighbor kids and lost a couple olders who came around later to carve.  Dinner on the grill. A trip to the library.  Yes, to this glorious day!

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Love osages.

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8 pumpkins for a song; a tradition from a farm up the road.

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Pajama day at school and pumpkins all around.

31 days of Yes! is me dedicating to post each day for the month of October (which is a Yes! in itself) and to find one meaningful Yes! in each day. Over 1200 bloggers are participating thanks to the lovely Nesting Place.


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Yes! to sleep

24:31 days of Yes!

Tonight I say no to blogging and Yes! to sleep after a very full past 24 hours.

Here are some pretty pictures though. I took these a few weeks ago, but it might as well have been today. It was 70° in these parts…on October 24. Just beautiful!

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31 days of Yes! is me dedicating to post each day for the month of October (which is a Yes! in itself) and to find one meaningful Yes! in each day. Over 1200 bloggers are participating thanks to the lovely Nesting Place.


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Yes! to first grade lessons

23:31 days of Yes!

Sweet Jack got a 100% on his first grade spelling test with the mark “Amazing!”
Yet somehow he misspelled his own name?!

A cute reminder for me to keep my eyes on the forest and the trees…and for Jank too!

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31 days of Yes! is me dedicating to post each day for the month of October (which is a Yes! in itself) and to find one meaningful Yes! in each day. Over 1200 bloggers are participating thanks to the lovely Nesting Place.


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Yes! to fighting

22:31 days of Yes!

Yes to fighting… my flesh, that is. Today proved to be difficult from the moment my family hit the ground running. Sick little ones, the Monday morning shuffle, and a good dose of sin I was carrying in my hurt heart  from a marital situation. But God does not ever let me rest there (there IS no rest there) and so I was forced to toil with myself until my flesh cried “uncle”.

I am thankful that God does not leave His children to their own devices for long.  In Hebrews 12 we know that He disciplines those He loves. It is our mark of sonship and our reminder that the Father does not forsake His children.  He chastens me until I have no other choice but to obey. And herein lies freedom! (James 1:25)

Being resolved, I pray I can turn to a heart of service and joy. And if that ole’ flesh creeps up again, may I mortify it quickly…and how! As I was instructed this past weekend, there is no greater gain in this life than to lay down your life for others. May I joyfully lay mine down for this family He has given me!

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

31 days of Yes! is me dedicating to post each day for the month of October (which is a Yes! in itself) and to find one meaningful Yes! in each day. Over 1200 bloggers are participating thanks to the lovely Nesting Place.


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Yes! to cheap crafting


20:31 days of Yes!

Today after everyone was fed a chicken patty or some other sundry odd snacks for dinner, I stole a few minutes to make something. And a few minutes was really all this took.
It is made from a cardboard Lego box and some leftover tweed yarn. Hoping to hang it on our family tree wall.

Here is where I first saw this. Pretty in Pink.

 

 

31 days of Yes! is me dedicating to post each day for the month of October (which is a Yes! in itself) and to find one meaningful Yes! in each day. Over 1200 bloggers are participating thanks to the lovely Nesting Place.