I am enjoying one of those rare quiet mornings around my house, but it won’t last long. (Write fast!) This is very much just a post about my ordinary life. My husband has been off of work for a few days. He has kept busy doing farm work, which he loves. He celebrated his birthday on Tuesday and got to do some of his favorite things. He took some of the kids squirrel hunting and they got one. They got three tiny pieces of meat off of it and ate it for breakfast. I was relieved that I didn’t have to try any! Then, he killed one of the giant turkey that we acquired on Sunday night. It was 30 pounds after it was plucked and cleaned! I didn’t know what to do with it, so I cooked it, pulled the meat off and froze it for soups and casseroles. I also made broth. Today I am going to make a big pot of turkey rice soup. Also, we looked at some farmland, we had dinner with friends and then he went to the movies with the kids. I think he had a great birthday! Tomorrow he returns to being a doctor.
I’ve been able to spend time with friends this week. We had friends over for dinner, we went out one night with friends, I had coffee with a friend, I got to go for a walk with friends and yesterday I helped a friend with a project at our church. I may have a friend coming over today and I might be having some ladies over for breakfast tomorrow. This is one of my favorite parts of summer!
I haven’t gotten a whole lot done in my gardens this week, but that will be remedied soon. I am going to get a couple of scoops of black mulch today and finish my butterfly garden. I need to weed my veggie garden and pull out a few things. Once again. I planted too much lettuce and it has turned bitter. The chickens and turkey love it though, so I guess it wasn’t a total waste. Now I get to decide what to plant in it’s place.
I have shared here in recent months that I have been struggling with moments of anxiety. I don’t know if it’s my age or the stage of life that I am in, but it just hits hard sometimes. In those moments, I head out the door for a walk through the woods and I simply pray. Earlier in the week I shared with my husband that I was struggling a little and he reminded me of this scripture:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
I used to be hung up on the “proper” way to pray. I don’t struggle with that anymore. I don’t try to wear a religious mask when I pray. I simply talk to my Heavenly father. I have found that the Lord meets me in the woods as I walk and in my car as I drive. He listens when I pray as I fold laundry, clean the house or weed the garden. The hymn, I Need Thee Every Hour is my theme song right now. It’s always true, but in this season of life spending time with The Lord is truly where I find peace.
Well, the kids are stirring and we have a big day ahead. I am taking two kids to the orthodontist to get braces today! I will be serving lots of pudding and milkshakes this weekend. And with a squeal coming from the living room, quiet time is over. Have great weekend! 🙂