August 31, 2011
broccoliflower

yesterday was grant's first day back to school. it is a notoriously rude day, cutting into any routines we had gotten into since coming home from camp and generally breaking the three of us up. i always have a hard time transitioning. i knew the familiar feeling would come while saying goodbye and watching him drive away: here we go... day 1 of the 270 that lie ahead. oh boy.

so i was determined to pray. it was going to be a long, 12-hour day for grant and potentially a lonely/sad time for me. but i didn't want my own (bad) attitude to rule the day. i asked Him to fill my heart with His joy. and i just wanted to write it down: He did. we made it! i found myself appreciating tiny things all day long… getting a pan washed, taking Hadley for a walk, eating guacamole, baking some chicken, opening the kitchen window, seeing the sun.. everything. i was not feeling discouraged. by His grace, i was feeling thankful- cheerful, even! thank you, Jesus for answering prayer! i love that our God is faithful. and He will be faithful through another school year.

unrelated photo is of a teeny flower i found in my broccoli from the farmers market. sweet, isn't it? 
store-bought broccoli does not have flowers :) 

9 comments:

Emma said...

So true Summer - our God is faithful! :) It's so wonderful when we stop and look around - sometimes we miss the small blessings God grants us each and every day if we don't! So glad the first day of the school year was not a downer for you! Hopefully the rest will be filled with those little pockets of joy - His joy :)

Melanie Anne said...

What a sweet post Summer! I love your beautiful faith and testimony. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of how much happier our lives can be when we put our trust in God. Here is to a happy new school year!! xo

A Place to Reside said...

Thanks for the reminder today. I needed and appreciated it.

And I also love getting such unexpected treats at the farmers market. I'm always tickled by the long-stemmed strawberries, apple stem leaves and even the occasional slug. :-)

The Soul Anchor said...

God will always get you through! I struggle with changes and transitions too, but I'm glad you were able to make it. It will get easier.

Christina said...

Times of adjustment are always hard...Thank you for sharing your story of grace as you start the school year.

Nessa said...

Turning to God always adjusts my attitude too. What a wonderful little flower to find in your veggies.

Carissa said...

God gives us the little things in life. Thanks for the reminder!

Kaitlyn Luce said...

Oh, thank you for this beautiful reminder. I needed it today...

Danielle of Graydon Avenue Photography said...

Summer, reading your posts make me yearn for the same active decision to enjoy each (& every) seemingly mundane or simple task in a day. I wish that I could always remember to turn my yucky days into days filled with thanksgiving. Thank you for writing about yours & for the reminder to give thanks every day, no matter what it is for.

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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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