Thursday, December 15, 2011

Caught between what God says and what makes sense

“You’ve stood where Joseph stood. Caught between what God says and what makes sense. You’ve done what he told you to do only to wonder if it was him speaking in the first place. You’ve stared into a sky blackened with doubt. And you’ve asked what Joseph asked.
You’ve asked if you’re still on the right road. You’ve asked if you were supposed to turn left when you turn...ed right. And you’ve asked if there is a plan behind this scheme. Things haven’t turned out like you thought they would.
Each of us knows what it’s like to search the night for light. Not outside a stable, but perhaps outside an emergency room. On the gravel of a roadside. On the manicured grass of a cemetery. We’ve asked our questions. We questioned God’s plan. And we’ve
wondered why God does what he does.
The Bethlehem sky is not the first to hear the pleadings of a confused pilgrim.
If you are asking what Joseph asked, let me urge you to do what Joseph did. Obey. That’s what he did. He obeyed. He obeyed when the angel called. He obeyed when Mary explained. He obeyed when God sent.
He was obedient to God.
He was obedient when the sky was bright.
He was obedient when the sky was dark.
He didn’t let his confusion disrupt his obedience. He didn’t know everything. But he did what he knew. He shut down his business, packed up his family, and went to another country. Why? Because that’s what God said to do.
What about you? Just like Joseph, you can’t see the whole picture. Just like Joseph your task is to see that Jesus is brought into your part of your world. And just like Joseph you have a choice: to obey or disobey. Because Joseph obeyed, God used him to change the world.
Can he do the same with you?”

Thanks Max Lucado for exhorting us!


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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanksgiving Coop Style

It was a quite Thanksgiving this year as we didn’t have our soul sista and brutha here with their chicks.  Nor did we have our oldest son who serves in the military. It was just us 6 in the brood today. We sang, we laughed, we told stories, we went around the table and shared what we were thankful for. We prayed for each other and our nation. We opened birthday gifts…we played Scattagories with the grandparents and  IMG_2620


laughed so hard some of us wished we had practiced our keigel exercises like we were told to do long ago.





From one hen to another…..

It was a day of bun warming, pumpkin eating, birthday and game playing delights.




…and angel eggs on my pretty pink rooster platter




Sweet potato casserole that melts in your mouth.



What’s left of the chocolate covered pretzels.




Our one candle burning for our son who couldn’t be with us….instead he was standing watch for our freedom to have a Thanksgiving.



Can you say AMEN?




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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Northern Nesting




Mudroom Update....

....makes a girl wanna nest! Or swoon...which ever comes first.

For starters we had a Thanksgiving/Birthday this year.

Farmhouse Rooster #3 turned 18 this year.

I still remember him as a snuggle bug in the rug. Cute, chubby, focused, and a little like a Weeble Wobble.

Really....does time ever stand still long enough to capture all the moments in life?

I can remember when he was born at home….our 1st home birth….in the upstairs of our 1st nest. As soon as he was born his brother ran and got his toy dump truck, laid in my lap and told him, "this is for you buddy."

Legos were a common stumbling  occurrence.  Now, instead of playing with them he sells them…for L.O.T.S. of money.


Fast forward 18 years....he is now a budding film maker, hunter, design engineer, military historian, actor, and protective brother.



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I see a William Wallace in the making. Don’t you? sigh…. grin….love my freedom fighter.


Stay tuned for Thanksgiving at the coop….



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