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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Two Weeks

Two weeks ago, the children and I walked in the snowy woods, hoping for a glimpse of something (ANYTHING) green.  Springtime woods are filled with such glorious light- eerie and misty, the moss tinging everything with a sort of glowing green haze.  Andrew made a hat shop for any fairies passing through.  I wished I were a fairy, it looked very fancy.  Like a fairy hat shop should be.

This week, we saw the crocuses holding tight to their tender stalks while winds whipped.  Glorious lavender with orange smiles, swaying laughingly at the wind.  We saw swollen buds of narcissus and spikes of green and then, voila!  A blossom of sunshine brought by way of a boy...Son-shine.

We ate our first food on the grill last night and I don't think I have tasted anything so good before.  I could have made triple the amount of grilled vegetables and still they would have disappeared.  As tiring as zucchini eventually become when they grow into pluck-able food overnight; in the beginning stretches of spring- after a whole winter without- they are divine.

I have begun the annual clothing-switch over.  Adele' is my sidekick with this job.  It is one of her most favorite things to do...ever.  That girl is a clothes horse.  For my children, the clothing switch-over is akin to a monumental shopping spree.  And yet, 99.4% of all the clothing are cast-offs from kind friends and children outgrown.

My house is kind of a wreck today.  I managed to bring in all the 'new stuff' but haven't managed to get it in its' proper places and take away the 'old stuff'.  That is what I will be doing this afternoon.  I hope nobody stops by unexpectedly... but they probably will.

I will say, after last years' Granary Project, the clothing switch is a much more pleasant task to do!   No rickety Granary stairs to climb with teetering, heavy bins.  So glad to have gotten that done last year!

My resolution for this year is to downsize the bins of clothes and storage and, after having spent some time going through bins this weekend, I think it may be harder to do than originally planned.  Every shirt, every dress, every blanket seems to have some sort of memory etched into it and I know it will be hard to pass them along.  And yet- we have entirely too much.  It must be done.  As unpleasant a task as it can be in the beginning, next time I have to do the annual clothing switch-over, I think I will be just as grateful for having done it just as I am now about last years' goal.


Julian said...

Beautiful photos!

Anonymous said...

Is that a northern flicker????
beautiful pictures in the woods!!!

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

Girl...you photos and words are BEAUTIFUL! :D I'm in the middle of a HUGE clothing purge and switch out also...it is a DISASTER!!! I haven't done this is FOREVER and it shows. :) We too are so blessed by hand me downs, but I haven't organized them well at all. ;) Whew.

Leah T. said...

Love, love, love all the pictures! And Andrew's hat shop for the fairies is amazing! :)

I've got 6 weeks until my due date and have soooo much sorting, purging, and organizing to get done before baby arrives. I don't know how many bags I've taken to the thrift store but, like you, we have many sweet and sharing friends who lovingly share their hand-me-downs with us. :)

Oh, and I *must* have your pizza crust recipe! The children and I still reminisce about the delicious breakfast pizza you made when we were visiting last August. :)

Abigail said...

Heads up! Leeks are poking out up here as of last week's woodsy walk. They're still not ready to dig, but they're up!

I always enjoy and envy your gorgeous crocus pictures. I've not once seen one up here, more's the pity, so your pictures fill the bill!

Tell that Panda that his hat shop is the best one I've ever seen. Love it!