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

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

It has been several weeks since I linked up with {P.H.F.R} so I thought it was high time to do it again.

Before I do, though, I have to say- THANK YOU for all of your who chimed in with encouraging words about my new health issues and especially, for any prayers lifted up on my behalf.  I appreciate them so much and have read and re-read through the comments a shameful amount of times.  As many of you said, I am trying to ease my way back/find my new "normal".  This may mean less blogging, as I try to take unnecessary things off my plate OR it may mean you see MORE of me- as I find myself with more 'leisure time' BECAUSE I have taken things off my plate.  Either way, I am sitting down a lot more these days and precariously close to becoming a lazy bum.  :-)  I have many people saying 'don't over do it!' so I think it will be highly unlikely that I could, even if I should want to.

Thank you.

Now, on to Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real.  Because I know you were waiting with bated breathe...



My sister-in-law picked a gorgeous get-well bouquet from her yard and brought it to me, along with dinner for the family.  Lovely.  The flowers and the gesture.



Ever since the foundation work, I have wanted a sidewalk.  The winter found me slipping on ice mound, the spring found me sliding on mud mound and then recently, Matt made me a sidewalk.  I am so HAPPY about this sidewalk, you have no idea.  


My poor seedlings.  They have had a miserable time of things this year and yet they trudge through.  Though I bought the supplies I never did get my lighting shelf.  (Lucky Bonnie!)  Then, despite my better judgement, I used popsicle sticks to marker plant types instead of writing it right on the cardboard like I usually do.  All for the sake of a picture too.  (Vanity!)  Well, within two days a certain two-year old had plucked all the sticks from their respective spots and left me with a pile 'o' plants unnamed.  That was irritating (more than a bit.)  The latest torture my poor seedlings have had to endure came at the hands of said two-year-old again...this time as he laughingly plucked their heads off.  And no, not just one or two.

I put this in the FUNNY spot because I know that SOMEDAY it will be funny....like when I am 95.  Remind me to laugh then, okay?

I am probably going to be buying more plants than I thought this year.  Like, all of them.  (This is me- letting go of things.)



After one of my hospital visits and before the children came back home, I laid on a blanket in the beautiful warm sun while Matt mowed the lawn and promptly fell asleep, during which time my unaccustomed winterskin went into sun shock.  Please, no comments about skin cancer.  I know sunburns are bad.  Very bad.  I didn't mean to do it.  I didn't want to do it.  I don't LIKE being the butt of the 'what's red, white and ___________" jokes.  I won't do it again.  (Cue Matt's laughter in background.)  But it seems I am incapable of welcoming spring without at least one fire-engine red burn.  Argh.  

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Bethany Carpenter said...

ouch! Coconut oil+pure aloe mixed in equal amounts works WONDERS on sunburns! (Works awesome for shaving too!)

Mari said...

Oh, THAT hurts! Just looking at it hurts. My seeds didn't do as well as they should have either so I ended buying plants as well.

I once had a cat that thought a flat of dirt and seeds was his playground and there was dirt everywhere. At least your son will grow up and can be trained - cats generally don't care and just walk away when you get angry with them.

Rosemary said...

Ouch, Rebecca!
Also, ouch for your seedlings being plucked .
I was so happy to see your post you brighten my world.
Hugs and prayers,
P.S. it is a lovely sidewalk!

~Carla~ said...

Such gorgeous photos!! I'm glad you're slowing down! I should follow suit as well... lol!

You poor thing!! Ouch!! I feel for you! Been there, done that! ;)

Abigail said...

Surefire signs of spring:
the call of the red-winged blackbird
the robin's red belly
green and yellow bursting out all over
and, most important of all,
a nasty sunburn

Yup, spring's here.
Thanks for the proof. :)

Lindsey's Photographs said...

We did a remodel, I remember being over the moon with door knobs! So im excited for your side walk :) Also I got a chuckle out of your 2 year old hahaha, only because Ive had 4 two year old and one getting there fast! Thankyou for the chuckle :)

Anonymous said...

Let's forget the sunburn and focus on lying in the blanket, under the sun. See, you are relaxing. Baby steps.

I've always prayed for my husband's health and mine and longevity for us both after we had kids. I want to be around to raise them, see them achieve their dreams and the grown up version of them. I also say the Serenity Prayer every day, especially the part about wisdom to know when to change and accept things.

I will pray this prayer for you. Rebecca.


Anonymous said...

Oh dear re: the sunburn! If it makes you feel any better, I seem to do this once a season too.


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

I'm glad you have your feet up!! I know you said you talked about it TOO much, but I'd love to know what actually the doctors said eventually. No rush, someday. Blog when you can, no worries. I pray that this Mother's Day weekend is one of refreshment, refocus, and that you will feel the tangible presence of our precious Lord reaching done and wrapping His arms around you!!!

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

down not done...

Regina said...

Well, Rebecca, I'm not sure why my comment on your other post didn't show up, but I did post there!

Slowing down is a good thing. Finding the absolute necessary to complete is the challenge. Take time for yourself and if you fall asleep in the sun, don't forget an umbrella. ;)

Take care of yourself!


Wendy said...

Glad to hear that your scare was not a heart attack! Please let me know if I can do something to help you out...even if it is coming over and helping your do laundry..weed your garden..etc. I would be happy to help you out :-)

Hope everything else is going well with you and the family. The kiddos are looking way too big!