What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

That's one way to look at it.

I am busy these days, overwhelmingly so. OR I could look at it as I am never ever bored with a mundane life.

Company is expected this weekend which means: 1) Friday needs to wait a bit to arrive so I can be ready. 2) Friday can't get here soon enough, to visit. It's all in how you look at it.

I am in the thick of hauling what has been long out of sight-back INTO sight as we prepare to get our Christmas tree tonight. The house is extremely messy right now. But think of it TONIGHT!

The spray roses pictured I bought along with some other flowers to make a bouquet as a gift to our hosts for Thanksgiving. A few sprigs couldn't fit in the vase I made for them, so I got to keep some for myself. They are already half dead, but what a beautiful sight it is to see fresh flowers on my table, even if they aren't quite FRESH. :-)

My sewing machine bit the dust this past week. More like, swallowed it whole and then asphyxiated. I don't know WHAT I am going to do until I can save up enough money to buy another one. The 8 or so handmade Christmas gifts I had in mind, mittens for my little kittens, the flannel PJ's, the matching Christmas outfits for the children I had planned, the hopeful's for my Etsy shoppe...all were buried with it. A piece of me died with it. Seriously. That sounds REALLY dumb-but it's true. My sewing machine and my camera are my two sidekicks and now I am off balance. On the other hand, all those stitching plans might not have meshed well with already being overwhelmed.

My glasses, the ones I have owned for as many years as I have fingers, the ONLY ones I have that were WAY out-dated perscription-wise- were bent and twisted beyond repair by a certain set of naughty fingers and now I have none. ON the other hand, I do have contacts, which doesn't NEED to be so.

This house is strewn with mice. And squirrels are living in the walls. However, they haven't yet discovered my KITCHEN and are slowly dying off as our traps are being set. So, is it really all THAT bad?

We can't afford lavish clothes, food, or ANYTHING lavish for that matter and when you want something that is LAVISH or even NOT lavish (like a new sewing machine!) it can make you glum. On the other hand, we have no debt and are saving money. SLowly but surely. For our someday house and land. That makes everything lavish less appealing and every necessary purchase put back into perspective.

I am in charge of decorating yet another bridal shower, this time to a more difficult-to-please bridal family so I am a bit stressed that I meet their expectations. On the other hand, this is a CHURCH shower and I am no paid party planner, so whatever I do should be received with thankfulness. Besides, I do very much love to decorate and plan parties!

My arms are feeling mighty empty now, as another month passes by with no remorse that there will be no Christmas present named Baby on it for me. But, last night I tearfully kissed the foreheads of my sleeping babes and whispered sweet secrets in their ears as they slept...and the corner of their mouths curled up in a sleepy, dreamy, happy smile. I have two that didn't need to be mine. But they are, on loan from the Lord above.

My husband used to write me love poems quite often and though he said he was planning to do another soon, I haven't seen it. Yet, as we laid in bed last night he stroked my hair and looked at me in a most thoughtful way and told me I was beautiful and that he was so glad I was his wife.

So you see, I suppose it's all in how you look at it.

And just because: I noticed another little beastie in the kids' room. And worse, right INSIDE the ARMOIRE for Corynn!

but this one I do hope stays for a while.

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Tracy said...

Oh Rebecca! I know that I don't have to tell you this, because you already know it in your heart of hearts, but you are so very blessed! This was an excellent post, and touched me immensely. Not in debt? At you age? Keep it that way! How wonderful! A loving and handsome hubby who adores you. Two little blessings! Yep, God is smiling down on you.

devildogwife said...

I do so understand what you have written so beautifully from the heart. We know that the Lord wants us to rejoice in the good times and bad. It is not always easy, but He will richly bless you for your beautiful heart attitude. ;)

We may not always know why things happen the way that they do, but we can find peace in the fact that the Lord can see the big picture at all times. (((hugs)))

May God bless you as you seek to see the world through His eyes...

Elizabeth said...

My Dear Sister,
I am thankful for your post, I have missed you! I am so sorry about your sewing machine!! I know how often you use yours and hope that somehow you are able to get a new one soon!
As for your empty arms, even though Andrew is getting bigger, he is still a babe. I know this is far from solace when you have deep desires for another infant, but my only point is to fill those arms often with your children (especially the littlest) and your husband, then your arms won't feel quite as empty. I want you to know I pray for you very often!

I hope you have a wonderful visit with company and the bridal shower goes thru with no hitches and little stress!!!

Love Ya! :)

Andie said...

Rebecca-What a lovely post...it's all in how you look at it! What a great reminder.
I want you to know that I know the feelings of empty arms. We went through much infertility (3 yrs) before we were blessed with Abbigail. Andrew was my suprise blessing, but Bethany was also an infertility medication baby. Knowing you are so greatly blessed helps, but it doesn't take away the ache. It doesn't take away the longing. It doesn't heal your heart completely. I will pray that God blesses you each day, and someday with a new babe to love.
Christmas blessings my dear friend-

Morning said...

It's so easy to feel blessed if you can enjoy the small blessings in life -- beautiful flowers, a lovely day, sweet babies and a kind and loving husband. I also feel that my cup is running over with good and wonderful things -- as you say, it is all in how you look at life.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying this posting thing again, just in case I did something wrong the first time...

Kris Zerby

Anonymous said...

Ugh! I did do something wrong the first time!!! My first post never posted! Here we go again...


I used to teach sewing lessons (and hope to again, when life slows down a bit?), and I have 4 sewing machines that I am not using right now. One of them is the first machine I bought for myself - a Singer Touchtronic 2010. It has served me quite well over the years, and I would still be using it if my Mom hadn't upgraded her machine and needed someone to take her Bernina off her hands! It was a sacrifice, I tell ya, but she is my Mother, after all!!! So, I have these machines that I'm not using, and you need a machine... I was hoping that I could bless you with my Singer. It is in fine working order, and I have the instruction manual and a load of bobbins, so you'd be all set! You can use it for as long as you like... forever, if you need it. Oh, and I just happen to live in Bellefonte... just about 30 miles from you. And I just happen to be going to Altoona this Saturday, which I believe is in your general direction? Could we work out a trade? (I would love to try that dandelion wine, if you have any left?)

I've been reading your blog for awhile...I don't remember how I found it or who linked to you, but your writings always inspire me to a deeper love for God, my husband and my children, and I would just really like to bless you in this way.

Email me at zerby6 at hotmail dot com and we can work out the details.

Blessings to you and your family!

Kris Zerby

Abigail said...

I know it's not funny at all, but I grinned when I read about your glasses mishap, not so much because YOUR glasses got ruined, but because you've got a kin in the World's Worst Glasses department.

One arm of my black-framed glasses completely snapped several months back, which was okay until the already amputated things were stepped on and they also snapped on the bridge of the nose. The funny-looking one-armed glasses are now barely held together with scotch tape, and they fall apart like mad.

My mom-in-law took us to see a movie over Thanksgiving, and the broken pieces kept dropping off in the theater, leaving me with a ludicrous one-lensed monocle! Then I'd fish around the toddler's legs in front of me trying to find the pieces before he squashed them in his movie-watching delight.

Anyway, if it's a small comfort to know that others bear the same minor affliction, think of ME and laugh! :)

And in seriousness, I hope your heart lifts and overflows with the bounty God has given.

It's a beautiful life.