Friday, August 12, 2022

That Tie Dye Tradition

Do you ever feel the pressure to keep ALLLL the traditions alive?  

Every Wednesday at the Fair is milkshake day.  You buy a milkshake, you get a free t-shirt.

Then, at the end of the week, you tie-dye.  At least, that's what we do.

I tend to want to go big on every single thing.  I wanted to make tie-dye a huge thing for allllllll the kids in the barn.  

I didn't.  Not yet... not this year.... but some day....

Instead, I added one tie-dye kit to the grocery pickup and when the poultry show was over, we told whoever was in the barn to go grab their t-shirts and we tie-dyed.  (I didn't get a pic of everyone's shirts though, just those in our family unit.) 

And you know what?  The Blossoms were thrilled, because they tie-dyed their t-shirts, just like we always do.  

That makes my heart happy.  

Friday, July 29, 2022

On Love and Annoying Questions

It's high summer.  There is so much work happening.  There are many things to think about and juggle.  

Yes, things are coming together.  I'm glad there are six brains planning and working here.  One of those brains helps me remember to pack zip ties on move-in day... because if I don't, I rip my hair out when we get to the Fairgrounds without them...

But those five other brains can ask a lot of questions as their minds work through the logistics of the next week.  

When I'm crossing things off the list and I get asked for the 67th time, "What's for supper?"  

or I hear another "When are we going to do ______________________?"

When we're remembering everything and asking each other if you've done ___________________ yet or if you remembered ____________________ ?

That's where patience and grace come in.  

These are opportunities to exercise Godliness.  In these moments, I've been taking a deep breath and reminding myself to be patient, to be loving.  The children leaning over my shoulder or standing on the other side of the kitchen island are made in the image of God.  

We love because He first loved us.  

When I'm having trouble being loving, it's amazing what happens when I think about the depths of the Father's love for me.  What He sacrificed for me, when I was sinful, annoying, unlovable, and thoroughly ugly inside... He loved me.  

When I think about that, I can choose a loving response when another question is making me a feel more overwhelmed.  

The fruit of that revelation is beautiful, friends. When I choose love, God does something beautiful in my heart.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Almost Time!

HEY!  The Fair is almost here!

I think we're almost ready.

The paperwork is in.  The shirts are ironed.  The animals are getting the best of care.  The menu is planned.  The excitement is building...

Deep breath!

We're getting there.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Up in the Air

Sometimes it's nice to see the big picture.

A friend flew over our house the other day.  It's so beautiful to have the aerial view.  

Something about the big picture puts all the little things back in their place.  

We get so worked up and worried and upset about the little things, but God orchestrates and plans and works on our behalf.  He sees it all and leads and guides.  He is the Great Shepherd of the sheep.  He protects fiercely and guides gently.  

When we get ourselves worked up into a dither, maybe we need to go up 2300 feet and take a deep breath, for He sees and holds it all.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022


A few short years ago, an Amish friend shared some perennials that were taking over her flower beds.  

I love that her generosity has beautified my front flower bed.  The Blossoms and I have thoroughly enjoyed this pink beauty each day... all because someone shared.