Just for fun: Big Baby

Our little Blueberry has been asking for a little brother or sister for about a year now.  I keep explaining to her that we have closed that factory, laid off the workers, and burnt the buildings to the ground, but she will not listen.

Ok, so I will show her.  Enter in Big Baby.

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Big baby is was a 5 lb zucchini that got away from us while we took a few days off away from home.  Before shredding this monster, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to draw a little face on it and call her out from her bedroom to look at her new sibling.  She came running out excited to meet this little human only to end up both disappointed and thrilled.  She gave it a few caresses, a kiss, and then threw me a mad look and told me that wasn’t nice.  She was probably right, but I am pretty sure that it’s my parental right to poke fun from time to time.  Bon voyage Big Baby.  Thanks for the laughs!

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What’s been on my heart lately…

Our blogging has been a bit slow as of late, but life is always busy!

Sheldon and I have been on a walk (and will be forever) to live our lives the way God wants us to.  If you are like me, you want a closer relationship with God.  I think one of the best ways to forge that path is through introspection and bible study.  I’m not as good about regular bible reading, especially compared to Sheldon who keeps his bible next to his spot on the couch, but sometimes verses/passages stick with me.  Sheldon asked me to read Psalm 40 earlier this week and it keeps sticking with me.  Normally when I feel like God is thumping me on the head with something like this, I need to pray on it but also share it.  What do you do when you get that proverbial thump on the head?

From Bible Gateway

Psalm 40

King James Version (KJV)

40 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.

4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

5 Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.

10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.

12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.

14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

15 Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.

16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.

17 But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

Observing the day of rest…not so easy!

We saw Planes this weekend and while much of it was predictable and forgettable, one line stuck with me.  “I want to do something different than what I was built for!”

Well, what are we built for?  A big part of why we moved out of the city and here to Blueberry Acres is because both Sheldon and I felt called to a life closer to what we imagine God’s will for us includes:  producing our own food as much as possible, teaching our child about the circle of life, showing care and compassion for animals and people who need it, connecting with a community that is a little less materialistic.  I’m not sure if we have achieved all of those, but it is part of our walk to be what we were built for.

Part of that walk has also included doing more to follow God’s will.  What I’m specifically talking about today is observing the Sabbath as a day of rest and worship.  Now, we believe in corporate worship and have tried to include going to church as a regular family activity.  However, we have absolutely sucked eggs when it came to allowing Sunday to be a day of rest and family time.  I know there are as many definitions of Sabbath/The Lord’s Day as there are religions, but for us, we felt called to the idea that God wanted us to have a day of rest as a family.  We were finding that we were all entering the week pretty ragged with lots of yelling and not much “good stuff” in our proverbial love tanks.  We began to realize that we can’t just follow God’s will on the super biggies..the stealing, the lying, the coveting, etc…we also need to think about the resting.  I know that I cannot know the mind of The Lord, but I believe that He knows what He is talking about…even on a busy family farm, you gotta rest!

As a result, for the last few weeks, we have started officially observing Sunday as our day of rest.  We take care of the animals basic or immediate needs, we cook/bake together as a family…but beyond that post-church, it’s kind of a PJ day.  And it’s about killed us.  Seriously.  This is harder than we thought.  Sheldon works full time 35 miles from our home, so most of our projects have to wait for the weekend and there are some things that I simply cannot do alone during the week around my job.  As a result, we’re behind on both the pig pen and the newest chicken run.  The laundry threatened to eat me alive when I looked at it earlier today.  Blueberry’s room looked like a bomb of books exploded above it.  Cats and dogs living together…mass hysteria!  Sigh.

But, yesterday Sheldon and I sat and peeled apples while talking and connecting reminding me of just how special my husband is.  Blueberry and I made pie crust with her wearing her cute new tractor apron.  We all sat on the floor and played together with lots of tickling and lots of laughter.  We didn’t make any headway on our projects, but we made memories that we would have otherwised missed.  It’s a commandment that you wouldn’t think would be hard to follow, but for us of the never ending to-do list…it is.  But of course, God is right in this as with everything else.  Our family has benefited immeasurably just in this short period of time.  Hey-in fact, Sheldon came in on Saturday afternoon in the midst of our chores and asked if we could all stop what we were doing so he could take us to the movies.  Not so bad for the guy I lovingly refer to as The Weekend Taskmaster.  I’ll share more as we better align our lives with God’s plan, but I would love to hear from my readers.  What changes have you made in your life to get yourself where you need to be…and what has surprised you along the way?  Are you living for what you were built for…or not?

Happy Homesteading!