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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's been a while

I pushed the "publish" button that Friday, two Friday's ago, not knowing that my face would be plastered atop this blog for days (nay, weeks.) I might have done things a bit differently had I known. But alas, LIFE got to turning and who was I to stop it?!

Since we last met:

  • Girlies, grown into Mothers, had a date. A girlie, gigglie, appetizer-included, only babies allowed date. And it was grand. So was the wee one in the middle~that day celebrating a month of life...on his due date. Oh my~I could have another one of those.

* suitcases filled, which then filled a van, along with people, pillows and BOOKS to visit old friends.

* I prayed and tensed as lightning crashed and the sky opened up. While we were in the car. Driving. And it lasted for the entire 4 hour car-trip.

* I watched a capable man lead us to safety

* We spent $60.00 on approximately 25 burgers, fries and milkshakes. Give or take. And they were REALLY good, too.

* Knitting needles joined the ranks of crochet hooks. My tension is getting better, eh Nanc?

*I didn't see my girl-child during our entire stay~but I always knew who she was with. Good friends, they are.

* Mama-roos taking their littlest ones with them in their pouches, knowing that before too long the pouches will no longer do.

*I drowned the sweat in a jacuzzi tub and was rendered useless for the rest of the night.

*I saw a brother and sister fall asleep on each other on the way home, after they had shared giggles and stories in the back seat.

* I realized only seven days remain before my baby turns six years old. I'm not ready.

* I was threatened by laundry many a time, but always the dragon was vanquished.

* I laughed at the antics of 36 chickens running about the yard (and following me around should there be anything in my hand.)

* I brought 3 laundry baskets worth of garden produce to the kitchen to work through~after only five days of being gone.

* I came to terms with my tomatoes. They died a brutal death. All 40-some beautiful plants I started from heirloom seeds. Of late-blight. And now, no tomatoes for us. Or spaghetti sauce. Or salsa. Or pizza sauce. Or tomato soup. :-(

* I saw a Dutchess, who missed us while we were gone. She appreciated a bit o' fetch after the famine.

*I saw a man and woman cling to one another, realizing that the years only get more sweet.

*I waved my husband off in the early morning light of our 7th anniversary for a week long business trip. I hugged myself but slept alone that night and every one since.

*I saw a once warm and welcoming bed become cold and cruel and avoid it until the wee morning hours. I hear the beat of a heart pining for another.

* I see a little one, ever losing her baby-ness. This week she began doing this:

and now it is very hard to keep up with her AND my work.

* Said child began also to do this:

....a very "Hail Hitler"ish sort of wave, but nevertheless, quite charming to her Mother.

* I tasted our first homegrown beet. As delicious as it was beautiful.

* husband changed his camoflauge and my face gets red and scratchy again.

* a camera snapped too many pictures of too many beautiful girls. You'll see...

*Moments fluttered by and a girl named Rebecca enjoyed them all.


Bonnie said...

I am so glad you had a fun trip! I knew you would, but I like to see it for myself.
You lost EVERY tomato? No green ones -how ever small they might be, to set out to ripen up?
My dear friend,I am truly sorry.
When my tomatoes fail, I feel as if my garden fails, no matter how well its actually done.
Well, off to shower and get the kids up for another early morning trek to the fair- I don't know if they really like getting there at 7am, but they can stick it out for a week;0P

Elizabeth said...

I loved reading this post and seeing all the pictures :) It's camoflauge time already! It doesn't seem possible! :) Have a Great Day Rebecca one more smile for you :)

...they call me mommy... said...

Glad your back, glad for you...love that last picture especially!

Blessings from the valley!

Rebecca said...

Bonnie~ I spent hours. HOURS. picking every green tomato not affected which turned out to be two baskets worth. Four small ones ripened, the rest rotted. :-(

Elizabeth~ it ISN'T that time again. The insufferable man weasled his way into starting his beard FIVE MONTHS early~~ but he PROMISED to keep it short this year. fingers crossed.

Amy~Thank YOu!

Homeschoolmummyx3 said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Our tomatoes in the garden died too. We have a bunch in the greenhouse that were not affected though...grown from heirloom seeds too. I understand how you're feeling with the tomatoes.

Nanci said...


All Orangeblossom has asked me for four days is, "Has she posted yet?". To which I keep replying, "No, there is always a lot to do when you get back home; give her a chance!"

And YES INDEED, the knitting tension is excellent. You seem to have the purl stitch conquered. Now the whole realm of knitting is open to you. ;o)

It was so GRAND to have you all back here again; like medicine for my soul! The moments flew by much too quickly. But, little wisps of memories remain to tickle my lips with smiles at unexpected moments throughout the day.

Love & hugs to everyone,

Nanci & the clan

Wendy said...

Rebecca, I so loved that night out...and am ready anytime to do that again!!!

I just have to say...I love to "read" your blog...you have a way of just spinning your words into magic...does that sound so childish? Why have you not written any books? You should.

Sorry about your tomatoes...just think about all of those poor irish potato farmers...

Peggy said...

Dear Rebecca,

It is so so good to see you are back! I am glad to know that you had a truly wonderful time!! I truly missed you while you were gone!

That is so sad about the tomatoes... We had a killing frost and lost our tomatoes. Our whole seasons worth of tomatoes amounted to a dozen golf ball to tennis ball sized tomatoes. Any longer I don't count on tomatoes as they are a risky plant at best for us!

Oh a big prayer request!!! Hubby is putting in for a job in Indiana. He is ready to leave and so am I. Please pray that if the answer is NO, that we will be able to graciously accept the answer... And that we will not become discouraged this winter. It is starting to get to him living here during the winter (and fall came early this year..)

Take care and tons of hugs!!!


Grandma Bibby said...

I have missed you, but it sounds like you have been having fun. And is that 'hail Hitler' picture you? It sure does look like the spitten image of you. :-)

Charree said...

It sounds like you had a very nice and busy blogging absence.

Hope your day is blessed!

Jerelene said...

Hi Rebecca..
Glad you had such a wonderful time!!
It's nice spending time with people we love :)
The baby sure is getting big..and so pretty!
I love that last picture...beautiful!
Have a wonderful weekend..
Love, Jerelene