Thereafter: I felt compelled to do some homely stuff. So we installed some raised garden beds and I have been growing vegies.
Seedlings, good soil and some rain will do the trick. It's not very hard. Well, not in winter. Summer may be a different matter.
I did hear the good advice of planting out one bed with all the things you are likely to use every three weeks so that the harvest is staggered. That makes very good sense. Because in a few weeks, if all continues to go to plan, we will have a colossal beetroot stash. So once the winter vegies are in I might give that system a go.
While the vegies were busy growing: I pressed on with the crochet project. The want to crochet came to me at just the right time. I didn't realise it but I have needed to sit and rest a while and it has been so nice to sit and create something beautiful, and while hands are occupied in this gentle work, to pray.
If you look closely you'll see it's pretty rustic really - and that's just the front. The back, with all the finishing off...well, let's just say I'm not going to win first prize at the local agricultural show. (Might enter my beetroots instead!) But it has been a restoring thing to do.
|There is a pattern in all of that, believe it or not. It's on the diagonal.|
And one of my sons, bless him, has suggested that I ought not to leave it out on the sofa when it is finished because all the babies and toddlers that come to visit during the week might ruin it. So he has offered to keep it on his bed. And I think I might just take him up on his sweet offer.
While crocheting: I often think of Psalm 139:13 which says, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb." As I have made this blanket every inch of wool has passed through my fingers on its way to being crafted into a granny square, which gives me a warm sense of wonder and awe at God's personal love for us. Amazing.
Reading: well, there's an interesting story. I read and read and read and read for months on end. Got to the end of one book and started in on the next one straight away. I worked my way through an impressive list of titles - all fiction and even during term time (!!) - and then I read "The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver and it stopped me in my tracks. I was so moved by it that I couldn't pick up another book. For days. So I picked up a crochet hook in earnest and haven't really read anything else apart from the (real) Bible since then.
But I am recently emerged from a very busy season (we just had our annual five day Holiday Bible Club and this year I was administrating it as well as running games and craft activities) and am thinking it is time to get reading again. I have a couple of books by Allan Chapple and a couple by Jerry Bridges that I am keen to read and I have two books about teenagers on the list as well. So reading it seems is set to recommence.
Fringe update: "It was already getting annoyingly long and I think I will past the truly annoying stage in five to ten weeks at current rate of growth," said I at the beginning of February. I'm not one to spend hours gazing at myself in the mirror but oh, it has been a long and awkward six months. Two weeks ago I figured it had finally grown into something you might dare to call a hairstyle. So if I ever mention that I'm thinking of cutting in a fringe again you must take me in hand and tell me, "No." Be firm.
In other news: I have ventured back into the world of paid work in a small way. When I made the decision back here to not work it came down to this...
"As a Christian, how do I best use the time now given to me to serve God, my family and my community, bearing in mind my own capacities and circumstances? It's not a question anyone else can answer for me. Nor is it one I can answer for anyone else. But that is the big question."
And I have asked the same question in deciding to put my name down at our local school for some relief teaching. It came down to a Kingdom decision rather than a bank account one. So I did a few days here and there and not long after I found myself with a one-day-a-week fixed position until the end of the year in a year 4/5 room. It's lovely being back in the classroom actually. And middle primary is just the bees knees.
However...I can see that trying to get full registration back is going to be quite an exercise...
Loved: series five of Downtown Abbey. I waited
Was also waiting
Nearing the end: of the minor prophets with the Monday evening Bible reading group. Wow! It has been a wonderful adventure. If you want to know about God in all of His mighty power, holiness, righteousness, mercy, compassion, love and sovereignty then this is the part of the Bible for you. Breathtaking.
Also recently: had a ramble through Philippians again. It has been a while since I was there. And the desire to memorise this book has been rekindled. Does anyone want to join in with me?
Very excited: to be following the Everyday Gratitude project. As I write this, the project has 10 days to go and is close to 80% funded. I hope it happens.
Fresh back: from a five day holiday by the seaside.
Nothing nicer than a winter holiday by the sea. Feeling refreshed, a few goals for the next six months set in place and all ready for the second half of the year. I hope you are too.