"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." Psalm 33:5
As I looked out my cheery kitchen window this morning, this verse sang into my heart. How bountiful are the displays of God's goodness all around us, if we'll just take the time to notice them! After all, He wasn't obligated to make my garden vegetables so colorful and tasty. The sunsets so vibrant. The flowers so fragrant. But all this beauty around us is a daily reminder of His extravagant goodness. I'm so grateful -- aren't you?!
Alan and I celebrated our first year of marriage last month. What a delight it is to be married to this selfless, wise, passionate man of God. I continually marvel with heartfelt gratitude and enjoy every day with him!
And along with celebrating a year of marriage, I've also experienced my first year as a farmer's wife, complete with all the seasons of farming. The crazy planting and harvest hours. The opportunities to drive the grain cart -- or just tag along with my husband for the day. The cozy winter evenings. Buying cattle and cheering them to gain. Yep! It's been quite a learning experience for me!
This was my view last month, as I perched in the passenger seat and watched the waves of grain pour into our combine.
I've also enjoyed trying lots of new recipes as the summer fruits become in season. We've had an abundance of company again this spring/summer -- a complete delight. And since Alan and I both enjoy hospitality, our home is rarely quiet and I have ample opportunity to cook for more than two!
Of course, another major project these past few months has been the completion of a long-time dream: our children's CD! It was a rather hectic few weeks, getting everything completed with the deadlines we were hoping to achieve. Selecting. Arranging. Recording. Photo shoots. Graphic Art design. Decisions, decisions, decisions! But I'm so grateful for how well the finished project has turned out and I'm counting the days until the actual CD arrives!
Another adventure this summer has been our gardens. Yes, this is just one of our three gardens -- and our vine plants are going WILD! Its fantastic to step out our back door and bring in buckets of produce. Our entire menu plan has now adjusted to fresh veggies fixed with as much creativity as I can muster.
And please don't ask what gave me the idea to plant 7 hills of summer squash. For a table of two. Yes, I know I was a bit crazy! Does anyone have new ideas for how to fix squash?! We can't eat it or give it away fast enough!
Ahhh, the joys of summertime gardens!
As I look at the bounty around me in on the Kansas farm,
I'm once again reminded of my verse for today.
Have you stopped to notice and to thank Him for His goodness?!