To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Farm Girl

When Emily was a toddler a fly would send her into a fit...a lizard or frog practically made her pass out. She also has had her sleep-in gene in high gear since birth...you know, the one that usually doesn't kick in until the teen years? But somehow she has blossomed into an early rising animal lover. I mean early, early. Like 5:30 AM early so she can go feed goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and African chickens. She also helps milk the goats. Which is how she got this opportunity to spend her summer learning how to care for farm animals. We buy goat milk from a godly, local family and they graciously have opened up their home and farm to a little girl with a desire to learn all she can about working and caring for animals. She is having a marvelous time and is not only learning about animals but she is also learning how another family loves, serves and glorifies God in their life.

In my opinion this is a perfect example of the whole Titus Two concept as well as family of God community. Real live personal involvment in someone's life...an older woman teaching a younger woman one way to care for her home and love her husband and children. It is a summer Emily will not soon forget...if ever. And simple lessons I hope I not only remember but look for ways to emulate. Not the...uhmmm...goat milking part. But say, some other way that I can be involved in someone's life...living that Titus Two community thing.


What about you?

1 comments:

Jonny said...

Emily,

I am jealous. If I come to visit will you teach me how to milk a goat?

Mr. Jonny