Friday, June 10, 2011


We're in a drought over 80 days with 1 anemic rainfall. We're under water conservation guidelines. The earth is cracking and my plants are dying. Like I said in my last post, I've given up watering. At some point when the earth gets so dry, no amount of watering I can do with a hose will cut it. The ground becomes so dry it can't even hold water. Only honest-to-goodness rain from above keeps the plants looking their best and producing the sweetest fruit and prettiest flowers.

I sat in my sewing area with one of my sons today and I gave him a big fat hug for "helping me" by cutting up some scraps with the safety scissors. He just hugged me so tight and started cooing and smiling. We just sat there for a long time. I'm not a hugger so I probably don't do things like this enough. I felt very convicted about being a more nurturing person even though it isn't my nature. I started seeing that my son was like a plant getting rain...soaking it all in. Just like plants, if I don't make enough time to do things like this, he's going to be like a plant rooted in our cracked earth...not able to receive any of the love I give because it's too far gone. Only a shower from above can heal the earth...or people...when the real droughts in life come come, but if we let our relationships go without tending and care, we lose our ability to reach those people even if we decide we want to.

Yesterday was my birthday.  So in my 33rd year of life I am going to be more affectionate with my husband and children.  I want to laugh.. a lot. I want to sew for FUN. I want to create.  I want to weed out extra possessions that clutter my life and weigh me down and cling tight to the people who make my life full.  I want to do some Bible studies with the amazing women in my church...if you gals are reading this, you are such a big part of my life and I am so happy to know women like you!

Thanks to y'all for reading and especially to those who comment and let me know what they think.  I love getting those little notes in my inbox and connecting with you. Hope your next year is a great one, too!


  1. Happy Birthday!
    I am not affectionate by nature either. I try hard but it is awkward to even hug my son. Why is that?
    You have made some great plans. I am trying to stay away from the computer and blogland. My family and God needs to be first!
    And would you like some of our rain? We are flooding all over Missouri!

  2. Happy Birthday! I sympathize with your over the drought. I can say that I know exactly what you're going through. We are on day 113 of our drought and like you, we've had one light sprinkle that did not even register on the rain gauge. Hey, I'm affectionate. I think that now that you've decided to try to be more affectionate, it will not feel so awkward. Like anything else, once you get used to it, it becomes easy. Your family well get used to it and, in turn, become more affectionate towards you :)

  3. You go girl!!! Great thing is, know what you need to do is often the hardest part. Once you start doing those things, they start feeling so good you can't stop!! God is soooo good!!

  4. Happy belated birthday! We're having a state-wide drought in TX and are praying for rain!

  5. Happy BIrthday. We haven't had a lot of rain this year - and my yard was already dead from the bugs eating it during our dry winter. I have to say I'd rather have a dead yard than a blizzard filled winter though. I do hate that all the planting you do in the spring just shrivels.

    You'll be amazed at the difference in yourself when you start purging some of that extra stuff we all surround ourselves with. I didn't purge my sewing stuff but did purge a lot of the extra crafty stuff I had. That and a lot of the stuff I'd held onto for years and never used. When you start it's amazing how it gets hold of you.

  6. Happy Belated Birthday! At 33, you have a long way to go! Enjoy the ride!


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