“In thine own ways, O God of love,
We wait the visits of thy grace.”
Rich was away from Tuesday to Friday last week, he worked from home on Friday and he took the picture of me….I love it because I think it’s sweet how my body reacts to him being gone and then back home. When he is gone, God gives me extra strength and energy to take care of things, almost like a caffeine rush. When he returns, it’s amazing how I completely relax. When he took the picture, I was outside on the porch watching Sarah Joy play, and could hardly keep my eyes open, I was so sleepy. Like a contented cat in a sunbeam, is how I feel, when my husband is near.
(Ethan, 15, and Jacob, 16, my fine young teenagers)
Our new addition is almost done, so close to being done that I’m full of joy with the prospect of decorating it, and moving in. We are just about there, my friends. We have a fire place! Rich is a man’s man through and through, but I can see the little boy in him as he sets about building his woodpile and carrying in the logs. He’s so cute when he carries in the logs. He had a delivery of them (trees, practically) unloaded on the lawn (which is now going to sit there and make me nervous until it’s chopped, because I’m afraid the children will climb on them and make them roll down and flatten someone) and I used the beauty of the *dangerous* logs as a backdrop to take a couple of pictures. Pictures? But of course!
Grace is adorable even when her hair blows across her face, and can it be that she will turn 14 soon? Yes, in just a couple weeks.
She is wise beyond her years and brave, too. She’s adjusting so well to High School, I am very proud of her. Thankful.
Rich had enough of a woodpile already chopped up and ready, so he built our first fire this weekend. There was just enough chill in the air to make it worthwhile.
It was a moment. We loved the feel of the heat and can picture ourselves sitting in front of it in rocking chairs (seriously, they are on order!), toasting. The fire cracks and sizzles, the smoky smell is like fine perfume of a different sort. Oh we love it.
Every creature the house loves it.
On the other side of the room, I have a new hutch! It’s the perfect and most beautiful piece of furniture to display *some of* my fiestaware collection. Our table is to the left of the fireplace, on the side of the room.
Once the room is complete I will share pictures of every angle. We still need trim, a mantle on the fireplace, curtains, doors, etc.
I love that God’s will for me is to turn my house into a home, and make it into a sweet place of love and warmth for family and friends. I pray that His presence will be felt here. “A new addition” could never mean as much to me as the fellowship we hope to have within it’s walls.
Dear Savior, let thy beauties be
My soul’s eternal food;
And grace command my heart away,
From all created good.
Have a wonderful afternoon, friends.
You are loved.