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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Doing LIFE!

     I've had two months since my last post to refocus on LIFE.  It's been full.  Working part time has been interesting.  I started out questioning myself.  Self:  why are YOU here?  But, with great counsel  (now a dear friend) by a wise just really leaning into it.  Leaning on God, yes.......and what I cannot do, He can! And I can say that now I am enjoying it so much.  It brings me joy and LIFE.

     As much as I love entertaining, the preparation for a wedding shower at the homestead yesterday forced My Guy and I to focus Around the House and in the Garden (yes, it IS a book title!).  What I cannot do, he can (small "he" vs large "He")!  I'd like to take this time to nominate My Guy as Best Husband of The Year!!!  Dug beds, laid flagstone, hauled dirt, planted, washed windows, mended fences.  Without complaint.
This bed was enlarged; but due to the Texas drought, our new plantings are really suffering...

Sometimes smaller is more do-able.  Surely I can keep the pots alive!

     Life is good.  I am surrounded by good teachers.  All the day.  As long as I'm intentional about keeping my eyes, heart and mind OPEN; I plan to learn.  The wise woman once said to me a year ago (and this is huge!). 
Does [insert activity] give you LIFE?'s been twirling around in my head since she first mentioned it.  At that time; "it" wasn't.  So I quit.  There is a popular song on right now by Adele with the catchy phrase "I coulda had it all."  Love the tune; but I don't want that as my theme song!  We CAN have it all!!!!!  I don't mean the material things; but those things that count!  Peace, joy, harmony, love!  And so, that's what I've been doing.

Doing LiFe! 

Around the House and in the Garden happen to be two of my favorite things to work on.  And also one of my beloved books.  Page 198 just rocks!

"Keep close to the people you love, the ones who stay engaged and open to LIFE, who bring joy and peace to house and garden.  Take with you everything you have learned - and remain humble enough to learn more."  (Dominique Browning)

     Perhaps on this Sunday when the sun goes down and the heat lowers, My Guy and I will sit in our garden.  We can relax and enjoy it.  Would THAT give me life?  Oh, yeah!

Tell me...friends.  What are you doing these days that gives you LIFE???


Anonymous said...

Oh My Gosh! It is beautiful. You must show us more of the yard. Go Gary go!!! I know for sure that he is a sweetheart. I also know for sure that you are full of life!!! Good for you. You deserve good things and warm fuzzy moments. You have always spread joy to those around you. xoxo Dianne

Pam said...

Oh Va...I've missed your writing. As I write this I'm hoping that you and your guy are sitting in your garden relaxing after a hardworking weekending. Your yard is've worked enjoy.

annielnb said...

Amen Va! Absolutely....I'll have what she's having!! :- )

sewmuchwhimsy said...

LOVE the flagstone!! Way to go Gary. SO happy you're enjoying your job. xoxo Gretchen

MA said...

I've missed you too....but obviously the time away has been time well spent! :) I am out in my garden as a matter of fact I am sitting here enjoying these blogs rather than tackle a particularly messy and time consuming job out there...but your pics have inspired me and I'll be heading out now! Thanks Dearie!! :)

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

thanks for stopping by!!! - i love ur stone path - i'm thinking of doing something like that in my front yard!!!

life - all the postive energies around me and how much people surprise me everyday - i am surrounded by a crazy love force - so it keeps me going!

LLH Designs said...

I love the question "Does [blank] give you life?" my husband has observed that designing Christmas cards gives me life, so as crazy as those months can be, he supports and encourages me. Laundry doesn't give me life, but it gives us something to wear so we can do life. Others that counts for something!


martha said...

lovely garden trails ! Love DOmique's quote...yes and we d need to evaluate whether or not things in our life give us LIFE!
Have missed your blogs Va! Hugs!