Monday, June 30, 2014

Does It Ever Feel Like the Rug's Been Pulled Out From Under You?


Today I got word that my job would change from kindergarten to teaching third grade. In an instant the rug was pulled from under me. And in another instant, the Lord caught me. This was disapointing news for me. Really, heartbreaking news. What I felt though was complete peace. This could only have come from the Lord. I'm so thankful my school has a job for. I'm grateful they want me. I'm blessed beyond measure. It really is true that our disappointments become HIS appointments for us. There are so many wonderful things ahead. I know I am going to love teaching third grade next fall. 

 "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God." Psalms 43:5

Blessings, Kathi

Hoops

                         
Today I jump through one more hoop.
In order for me to keep teaching I'm required to get my master's degree. My online class begins today. I'm thankful I can receive this degree by doing the work from my home office, during summer, and can still get out to my garden and 
spend time with my family.
                       
Hoops are just part of the process. I love my kindergarten job, so I will jump through this and the next hoop gladly.

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you." Psalm 32:8
  
Blessings, Kathi

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The First Wedding of Three This Summer

The day is special. For we are to be attending the wedding of a friend. Clothes and accessories ready... Gift is wrapped. It should be a sweet wedding for the couple is in their 50's and neither has been married before.

"...Each for the other and both for the Lord.
Oh, Darling Sweetheart, let the angels record;"
Vows sweetly spoken; may they never be broken;
Each for the other, and both for the Lord..." song by Jeffrey Osborne   


I must add that we are back from this precious wedding. The lovely bride looked radiant as she held the hands of her groom while he sang the above song to her.  After the service and simple but elegant reception of cake, nuts and punch, the happy couple waved and drove away on an antique tractor with tin cans trailing behind.    They were adorable. We are so happy for them. Now we look forward to two more weddings this summer. 
"What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:9

Blessings, Kathi

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunday In the Orchard After Church

It's time for our picnic. Come join us... Blackie is here.  She feels welcome and content to be near us. "Mmmm," Jessica's mouth watering strawberry vinaigrette. We all wore red, white and blue today, including our friend Delenn. God is good. We are so thankful for days like this where we can be together and enjoy our garden but the food from it as well.

"And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts..." Acts 2:46    

Blessings, Kathi

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On the Farm...



Poor Shorty. Why, Oh Why, is he in the "kitty carrier of shame?" We had to take him to the vet. His hair was falling out and we did not know why. The vet took a good look and declared, "It is a classic case of nerves. He is over grooming." She gave him a shot of cortisone and we were on our way. But what caused the nerve problem? I'm guessing it was that we got our new puppy, who was sweet and loving to us, but not so much to our cats. Before Smokey, our dog was hit by a car, he lived in the outdoor kennel. After Smokey died our kitty Shorty still had the loss of hair problem. It took a long time, but he did better.
Soon Shorty was looking more like himself. The change seemed to come when we put our duck, Ping, and four hens inside the dog kennel. Isn't that amazing? We think that Shorty got better with the help of the shot, but also, by noticing that those birds were not a threat to him.  
Notice that Ping, our duck is taking his morning bath. When he was small the stainless steel bowl was fine. When he got bigger we went to the turkey roaster (no kidding), but don't tell him that that is what he was bathing in. And then..  
                      
Ping was set free. He loved his freedom in the mill pond. All is good now, on the farm. 


 "Praise the Lord. He never changes. I come to Him. He's always there. He comforts me on every level. He's never any other way. And He'll be the same tomorrow as He is today..." --Ron Harris and Stormie Omartian

Blessings, Kathi

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