Friday, October 9, 2009

Favorite Five Blessings.

This week is special for us Canadians,
as we celebrate Thanksgiving.
I would love to thank Susanne for hosting this special site.
During this week I have reflected on my Favorite Five Blessings.

Farming!

Farming is a way of life. It's a life style and for a girl that was never going to marry a farmer, I must say, I do feel more privileged than ever. For the past months, I've become accustomed to working in the barns again. It's not that I love it, but it's a way of life and I knew it was only a short term stint....but it's something that is in my heart and would be very difficult to part with.
This week, the last of the corn came off...the field was cultivated, and planted. When they brought this antique seeder over, memories flooded my mind, thinking back to my father's farm. I wasn't always grateful back then, but now I appreciate the understanding of getting back to grass roots. In low economic times, when people are feeling cutback restraints, one realizes that it is a true privilege to have the opportunity to be work!
"You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl."

Family!

Family....Once again, as I reviewed the activities and highlights over the last year, we can truly thank God for his blessings. We've had meals together. We've played Mexican Train. We've picked berries together. We've camped together. We've gone to see "Wicked" (a live musical performance). We've skied together. We've cooked and baked together. We've run together. We've cried together. We've made mistakes together. We've been challenged together, but it's through some of the difficult times that we've grown. "The family: It is an ever changing mobile of life... a center for the formation of human relationships...a perpetual relay of truth...a museum of memories, but we all treasure the values of family life."

Faith!

My mother has been my cheerleader. As a result of living with congestive heart failure, she was taken from us at an early age, 73! This gave us time to celebrate life with her. In July of 2000, we celebrated together as a family at her favorite spot. Recognizing her families love for sports, she presented each one of us with a wooden baton. On each baton, she had the words inscribed.

Marg,
"Keep on running with your eyes fixed on Jesus"
Mom

She died shortly thereafter, November 27, 2000. She finished her race...The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run patiently, and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live this life effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We stumble when we look away from him and at ourselves or the circumstances surrounding us. My parents ran the race...and completed it.
I'm thankful to my parents for laying a foundation of faith in our lives, that has eternal value.

Friendship!

Friends.....This last week I have had the privilege of reconnecting with lfriends that have been in our lives since we were married. We've been able to share life again and smile as we look to see what side of the building the ladder is leaning on, after 40 years of friendship. This teapot comes from the Royal Albert line called, Tea Rose. As we sipped our tea we talked about the blessings of life, the things that have kept us together over decades. The hostess then shared with me how this teapot was a set purchased by her husbands mother to give to her mother, his maternal grandmother. The family siblings all chipped in and now today, the hostess is using this heirloom china. This truly describes to me how I feel about our friendship. It's lasting, it does not loose it's value, and still years later, we can come back, sip tea and talk about things that matter most.
Things of eternal value.

Fall Gardening!

I can imagine that most of you thought that my Fifth F... would be Food! Surprised you all. We know that Food will be everywhere this weekend from pies, to fresh pesto sauce, fresh homemade bread...you name it...we'll have it.
However, I have enjoyed the warm dry fall. It's been perfect for digging up old garden beds. As I have described earlier, I've been busting that clay sod for weeks, and finally have it ready for planting.
Here is my new ornamental grass garden....best of all, I love the Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass mixed with some Little Honey Fountain Grasses with a border of Elijah Blue Fescue.
My other plot is dug up and I'm waiting for my little helpers to plant hundreds of daffodils this weekend.

I'm hoping that all of you can truly find some blessings as you celebrate Thanksgiving Day!


16 comments:

  1. I just LOVED this post! All of those things are just the IMPORTANT things that life is made of! And I soooooo love that family picture! That is just sO cute!!!

    I have a spot I'm looking to fill with ornamental grasses too... I figure I might NOT be able to kill them... NO FARMER would ever have ME for a wife!

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  2. Marg. ..your fave five of your week is always one of my favorites. It is just the perfect way to reflect on your week.

    I love your new grass garden, and I expect we'll get to see how it grows and the grasses create backgrounds for each other and the colors will be beautiful.

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  3. The farming life looks so enticing, but also like a lot of hard work. I'm very thankful for the farming families out there! I love the baton from your mother - how precious. You have a great and important list. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Marg, I loved this post. It's my favorite of all your FFF posts. It was just so uplifting and precious and truly pointed out what is precious in life.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. Your fave fives this week are the things that matter most...family, faith, friends and the life you live that involves those three.

    Wishing you and you family a most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

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  6. Great post and FFs, Marg! I agree with you that family, (fall) gardens and faith should make our FFF every week!

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  7. What a nice post. I love your family picture holding hands, the tribute to your mother was touching (I love the baton idea), and your grass garden looks so fun. I agree that friendship is an amazing thing. I treasure my friendships!
    Thanks,
    JoAnn

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  8. I forgot to add that I agree, farm roots are indeed hard to take out of one's nature! I don't live on a farm anymore, but nothing gives me more pleasure than digging around in the garden!
    JoAnn

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  9. A lovely list of blessings - a perfect post for Thanksgiving!

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  10. I'm not much of a gardener or a farmer, but I love the other F's you mentioned!

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  11. Lovely lovely recounting of your blessings Marg! That photo of the family is so precious! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  12. Loved your '5'. What a great way to reflect on the good things during the week. life can get hectic and often we get bogged down with the not so fun stuff...but this really helps to focus on the blessings in life. Really liked your family photo, and your new header. So many unique ideas come out in blog land. Thanksgiving blessings! Kathy

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  13. Yes, family and relationships are what is most important and satisfying in life. And as we enjoy and struggle through these relationships, we grow to be more like Jesus.

    I feel jealous over here because it seems that most people are talking about fall, and fall comes late to Southern California (compared to other areas). It just turned cooler...but the leaves are only beginning to change...and some trees haven't even started!

    We just got back from Hawaii and it was summer there! Very hot (no tradewinds). But lovely.

    I love that family picture of holding hands!

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  14. Enjoyed the post today Marg. Poignant and truthful... Happy Thanksgiving

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  15. May your family continue to thrive with God's blessings. I am thinking of you all today.

    Your post is beautiful.

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  16. Great post! Family and Faith are always on my list and I love reading about others' gifts in these areas!

    Your fall garden looks like it will be lovely! Hope you had fun planting the daffy-dills!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! come again.

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