“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Thursday, August 30, 2007

to my desire
to stay ignorant
about life...

Christopher's Tiny Hands, Tiny Feet

My eyes are still dry and red. I just finished watching a video called, "Where Do Babies Come From?" My 3rd grade son will be watching this video in his class in the upcoming weeks of school. It is a video designed to answer - in an age appropriate and Biblically sound way - the common questions of this age group regarding human sexuality.

I AM NOT READY FOR THIS! I don't want my son to have this information! I don't want him to grow up! I want him to stay pure and young and innocent. Even ignorant....

Hmmm... this reminds me of my last post. Once Christopher gets this information, he can't go back. He will no longer look at the world through uninformed eyes. (Okay, here I am crying, again.) Wow! Who is doing the growing up here - him? or me?

So, here I am again... knowing that I will miss the days when Christopher was oblivious and would stay a little boy forever. Do all mom's go through this...or is it just because I have an only child?

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Post from My Personal Journal (08-28-07)

Sitting on the back patio at 8am. 58 degrees. Sunny. Blue skies.
Do I see the beauty of my garden? I think, what if my garden was "complete," would I truly enjoy it? If it didn't "need" me... if it didn't challenge me to consider - what do I find to be beautiful and pleasing? Would I spend as much time here if it was "complete"? No. I would spend less time. I wouldn't need to put effort here. I would begin to use my effort in another "room" of the house. I would begin to nurture elsewhere.

Why is it that I look at my garden through someone else's eyes or through my eyes, but critical? It is a soul searching. And now, it is as if I have gained enough knowledge to make me "dangerous." Long gone are the days I would just buy a plant I found beautiful and then take it home and plant it where MY eye pleased. Now, my so called knowledge of gardening causes me to think is this plant for sun or shade? acidic? water lover? annual or perennial? fall or spring?

I miss the days when I was ignorant and would plant beautiful anywhere and everywhere.

Oswald Chambers - "Faith must be tested,
because it can only become your intimate possession
through conflict."

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tye-Dye Holiday

Cousins on the Shore

My sister-in-law, aka cammyk at FRECKLEDFARM, is quite the photographer. She had all the kids bring white shirts and jeans on our family vacation/reunion so that we could get adorable photos like the one above on the shore of OBX.

A Tye-Dye Tower

Cammy and my brother-in-law's wife, Tamra, had the great idea for the kids to tye-dye white t-shirts. Cammy really wanted this pyramid photo and it turned out so cute. (You'll notice that the second and third layer are on top of tables as opposed to their cousins' backs. Much more comfortable...and no one was falling over!)

I'll be borrowing some of Cammy's photos for my blog. I was in charge of videography during our family vacation, so I'll let you know when our Family Reunion at OBX comes out on DVD!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Happy 19th Anniversary!

Two Truly Naive Kids in 1988

I love the way you love me
Strong and wild
Slow and easy
Heart and soul
So completely
I love the way you love me

And I could list a million things
I love to like about you
But they all come down to one reason
I could never live without you

I love the way you love me
- John Michael Montgomery

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Sister is One of the Nicest Things
that Can Happen to Anyone

Well, here it is.
Finally, "the" vest I knit for my sister's birthday!
I delivered it a month and a day late!
Happy Birthday, Sister!

How hard it is to give up a lovingly hand crafted item.
It is as if it is part of myself.
I am so glad to be gifting it
to someone I love even more.

Anne (pronounced Annie),
Lisa's daughter and
my precious niece,
had to try on the new vest.
Lisa says she tends
to mix up our names.
Sheri and Anne.
Well, you used to hand clothes
down to me
...so, now, is it Anne's turn?

"Even when you are sixty,
you are still six
to your sister."
- Pam Brown

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Welcome Home

Christopher and cousin Gracie at OBX

We have returned home from the east coast. We had a memorable time in Maryland and the Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina. I have so much to blog about the trip, but I am overwhelmed. I decided to dip my toes back into the blogging world by writing a reflection about my garden.

Impatient-ly waiting for me to return home

I was eager to return to my garden. I practically ran to see the ripe red tomatoes on the vine...unfortunately, I think I'll be looking for some fried green tomato recipes. Little sun and cooler temperatures while we were away. My impatients, however, welcomed me home with beautiful color and wonderful blooms. I am still awed by my garden. How one plant thrives while another pines away. Again, I realize that gardening reflects life. Birth, growth, trials, blossoms, fruit, harvest, death...as well as things I do not understand. How grateful I am to be loved by the one who is the gardener of the True Vine.

I am the true vine, and
my Father is the gardener.
John 15:1

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Queensland and Northern
Territory Aerial Services

Our mates, Larry and Rachel (and Bubs, too!) have retreated home to Mildura, Australia. They are safe and sound, but missing their Portland brothers and sisters in Christ. We've always wanted to visit Australia, thanks for the invitation!

When Larry and Rachel visited our home, they discovered that Christopher is a big fan of airplanes. Larry was determined that Christopher should have an airplane from the Queen's airline. When Larry returned home, he immediately sent this airplane to Christopher. So, here we have it...A QANTAS (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) airplane. It is attached to a string from Christopher's ceiling and gets quite an altitude!

We miss you, too! G'day, mates!

For more info on our mates, Larry and Rachel, visit my post on July 12th, Sheri Craft's Corner.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Like Father, Like Son

Young Champions 2007

Our church held a track and field camp outreach this summer at a local high school. Chrisotpher's team was appropriately named the "Cheetos"! So, do you think Christopher is going to follow in his father's footsteps? It looks like he is ready to fly!

(BTW his team did win this relay race...)

Friday, August 3, 2007

Hummingbirds really do HUMMM!

Now, I know. Hummingbirds really do hum! We were sitting on our patio when this little fellow decided to flap his wings hard enough to let us know he was there. It was a much louder sound than I expected. Louder than a cat's purr.

Our little hummingbird is visiting quite often. I want to get this flower again next year to bring him back. I thought it was an impatient, but it seems like a different variety at least than my potted impatients. Can anyone name this flowering plant?

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Sheri's Little Vegetable Garden

A feast from the garden...

Finally, I am harvesting from my vegetable garden. What a feast! My first roma tomato is mixed in with my homegrown romaine lettuce. Anthony decided to call his mom and whip up her recipe for cucumber and onion salad...fresh from the garden. We also steamed some of our fresh wax and green beans. And a friend of mine suggested trying "cucumber" water! All accompanied by a crabcake sandwich.

Okay, so I must be thinking a lot about the east coast. I picked up a pound of Phillip's Lump Blue Crab meat at Costco and made a batch of crabcakes.

Herald Mail, September of 2000

We're not far from a little family gathering on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks. It has been seven years since we have gathered the cousins on the beach. What memories we will share...