Wednesday, April 23, 2014

30 Days of Love: Day 23

1 Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.

Throughout the day, stop and pray for them. Prayers are an amazing way to show how much you love them!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fleeting Moments

I spread the green blanket on the grass. Book in hand, I recline upon it. From my seat I have a 360 degree view of the yard. The 3 older girls are playing in the back of the yard by the pine tree. They have a couple blankets, one is red, the other blue, spread on the ground, one on top of the other. They found the old metal pot to put "food" in.

A few plastic hula hoops, their sneakers, exploring gear, a brown play-dress, a lid for the pot, and a large plastic flower pot is upside down with a piece of plastic on top for a table/stove, are their treasures. The baby, who is definitely becoming a toddler plays near me. After a few minutes her curiosity is peaked and she heads over to see what they are up to.

I almost wish I could join them. Alas, childhood is slowly disappearing. Life happens, people grow. 2 of the girls run past with the blankets to the play-cube to "air" them. The other 2 girls are staying at "home" under the pine tree. By now my book is forgotten. Only a chapter has been read. I'm too interested in the play of the girls. The baby toddles over and sits next to me. She brings along a soccer ball.

Childhood is fleeting. If you blink, you'll miss it. I blinked, and suddenly they were pretending it was Christmas. I hold the camera to my eye, trying to find the perfect shot. As I do I realize it's harder to watch their stories unfold under the tree. I set the camera aside, along with my notebook and pen, and just enjoy the fleeting moments of childhood.

30 Days of Love: Day 21

Romans 15:7
Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Encourage them! I've said this before, but encouraging someone is one of the best things you can ever do! It lifts their spirits and yours!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday T-Tot! I love you! <3

30 Days of Love: Day 20

1 Thessalonians 5:16
Be joyful always!

No matter what comes your way, always be joyful with the fact that they are a part of your life. You'll won't be able to imagine life with them if you are truly joyful about this!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Winslow went bike riding!

When Winslow read that his friend Sockie went bike riding last weekend, he felt inspired!

Winslow loves to ride in style!

He biked back and forth on the canal trail for a while, enjoying the sun and the birds. :~)

30 Days of Love: Day 19

Philippians 4:5
Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

Be gracious when they irritate you. Brush it off as best as you can. Regret will eat away at you if you choose to treat them poorly. So be gracious with them.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Skirts: things I've learned about them

Yesterday I posted the reason why I wear skirts
Today I'm going to talk about things I've learned about and while wearing them.

One of the things I've learned is: if it is a windy day, do NOT wear a long full skirt. You will either have issues with it, or get blown away (I know this from experience). Another thing I've learned, observed and heard, is depending on the type of work, skirts can be a hindrance. That is pretty much is self-explanatory. 
Skirts can also be thought of as "cool". I have had a few people tell me that they are "awesome" and that they are "cool to be different." A current clothing trend is the maxi skirt. They are usually long, feminine, quite graceful, and in style. Because they are in style, skirt wearing is not completely old-fashioned.

 The most interesting thing I've learned while wearing skirts is respect that is garnered. Respect may seem like a thing of the past, but it is still relevant today. I have had several young men respect and treat me differently than other young ladies because of the skirts I've worn. (Once again I will say, I will not judge you if you wear pants). I had a young man once tell me that when ladies wear skirts, he finds it easier to focus on the lady he is talking to. I thought about what he said and found that it was very true. 
Now you may think I'm trying to convict people, but I'm not. I'm just honestly stating things I've learned. I must also add that I have not brought bible verses into these posts because quite often they are used out of context or they come across sounding hypocritical. If you have any questions, comments, small animals or gardening tips, feel free to leave a comment!