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

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Week That Was

Whew, was it ever a busy one! On Monday night our family had the pleasure of spending the evening at the White's house sharing hospitality with a sweet family that has been visiting our church while they're here with the husbands work. They are the best kind of guest as they brought Cheese Cake Factory dessert with them :-)
On Tuesday I got to spend the morning with a lovely young family taking pictures of their precious Lily. Mom is Sarah's former teacher and while we'll miss her at school this year, we are so excited that their family has chosen for her to be home.
On Wednesday, Emily and Abby had a play date in Pensacola and our community group was also meeting in town so rather than go back and forth we invaded my mother-in-law's house for the whole day. For lunch she made me a chicken sandwich on a potato bread bun...oh, my gosh am I hooked! She also whipped up these cute little holders for the tree we use on our Sabbath meal table.
Sam spent the night with Grandma and on Thursday the girls and I went to the beach with a bunch of friends. It was probably the most gorgeous day ever this summer. The water was crystal clear and calm, the sand bar was close and the company was fantastic. I'd never gone to Navarre beach but I think it will be our new place for beach outings. (I'm posting this picture fully knowing my Mother will look at it and wonder why the edges look's called texture Mom and it's all the rage in photography...I have a clean copy for you :-)

Friday was grocery shopping day. Paula came over that evening to watch the kids so Rob and I could have a date. I was pretty excited because our friend Dave from church has a band that was playing at the Main Street Cafe and we were going to listen. Unfortunately Rob started feeling unwell so we had to head home after dinner.
Yesterday, Abby had a birthday party at the Purple Julia. There wasn't enough time for us to drop her off, come back home and then go back and get her so I was really hoping I'd be able to find something for us to do while we waited. Turns out that every Saturday morning there is the Palafox Market. We strolled through, sampling homemade fudge and toffee, smelling the wonderful herbs being sold, looking at the work of various artist and even got to play some music. ' It was a wonderful way to spend the time and I hope we can go back one weekend.
After haircuts for Rob and Sam it was time for us to all be home. Time for us to begin the process of slowing down...settling in...stilling our minds...and quieting our hearts. It was time for us to begin our Sabbath celebration. Seems rather contridictory to talk about quiet and celebration at the same time doesn't it?
The quietness has more to do with shutting out the noise of the world. It's putting aside the busy schedules, all the chores and activities, taking a deep breathe and...
focusing our hearts,
directing our minds,
and guiding our conversations
onto Him.
Resting in Him...dwelling in the shadow of His wing.
Remember this week everyone found their own verse for the tree? I have to tell you again what a wonderful part of our meal this is. There is nothing sweeter than to hear your babies reading the Word. Abby is so precious because she is still so new to reading and she concentrates so hard so say it right. Rob read John 1:14 , mine was Isaiah 1:18 and the children had all chosen their verses...Sarah, Emily, Sam (with a little help from Daddy), Abby, and Claire (with a little help from Mommy.)
I urge you...with all the chaos and turmoil of our world...find time...make time...for your family to rest. The word rest has many definitions in the dictionary...two refer to rest as a place of shelter and something used as's not just a stopping of activity. Try it out for yourself and find the rich blessing that comes from resting in Him.