Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lord, have mercy on me a sinner

We learned about the spiritual gift of mercy today in Sunday school. Mercy is not ranked extremely high in the echelon of my gifts and today I learned a little bit about why. I always thought that I was a compassionate person and so I could never understand why I wasn't classified as a merciful person.
Mercy is compassion moved to ACTION.
ACTION....that's where my trouble comes in.
I had a professor that explained the four different Myers-Briggs personality types by how each one would react if they came upon an accident scene. Cholerics, of course, would jump out of their car, grab their first aid kit, and start administration. Phlegmatics, on the other hand, might just slow down and pray that the right people would come along to take care of the situation.
---This is where I come in----
Now, I hope that I would be more assertive in a place like that, but I do this a lot. I am compassionate and I see other people's needs, but sometimes I don't feel like I would be the right person to do something or I second and third guess if my actions would even be welcomed. I would rather just wait it out and hope that a more competent individual will just take over.
And so, Phlegmatic Sarah and Compassionate Sarah need to pull themselves together and begin to show MERCY
"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This is how we know we belong to the truth and set our hearts at rest in his presence..." 1 John 3:18-19


On a lighter note...
Yester day we went up to the Lakes for a day of vacation. Maurice's mom is staying with us for a couple of weeks and so we showed her around. Of course, I don't have any pictures of the guest of honor. Micah and Jules went golfing with the gang while I visited an antique store. Here are some photos from their adventure.

Julianna picked a purple golf ball....I wouldn't have guessed.

She also got a tattoo "like Daddy"

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Capturing Summer

I thought it might be fun to give you all a small tour of some of my summer activities:

This is our front yard. We have worked hard on it this summer leveling and seeding.






Last year it was a pile of dirt and looked like this:




This is our new shepherd puppy, Gev. He's a really good watch dog, as you can tell...

In actuality, we adopted him to take care of our increasing problem with vermin and he has been successful. Now if I can only teach him to protect my chickens and not chase/eat them!



I have spent a lot of time in my garden this season and consequently a lot of time in my kitchen!


Pumkin and melon patch

Sunflowers




That might be too many tomatoes...


This is Red, one of my pest exterminators


Julianna loves her baby kittens.



I love my baby, Maverick


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Here goes nothing

test....test....testing....







When I sit down to do things like this I always have a little voice telling me about what I ought to be doing: ironing, freezing produce, weeding the garden.... I have to stop and tell myself that if I spend my whole life just doing work that will be done today and here again tomorrow I am going to end up as an empty shell. So, I sit here and write as wrinkled dress shirts sit in my room.



This summer we had a friend move into our basement while he attends school. He is planning on staying for three years. Things are going pretty well so far. Here are some of the things we make him do...















Here are some of the things that we do...




Post-it Notes with horns on them = free Chick-fil-a