I posted this on my old blog back in July of 2013. We’ve added a child to our family and rebuilt that fence but Ben still works his tail off for our family and I still get to enjoy those dahlias outside our kitchen window. We’ve had our share of struggles professionally, physically, financially, spiritually, and emotionally this school year (that’s not quite over) but I’m heartened to know that God wants us to endure trials because they force us to depend on Him. Not only have we strengthened our relationship with Jesus over the past months, we’ve reinforced our marriage relationship, and we’ve also deepened our bonds with the friends and family He’s blessed us with.
As we prepare to welcome a third child to our family – not until October, mind you – we are prayerfully considering our commitments as we want to make sure we can continue putting the right things first. I remembered writing this *extremely* short post back in the day and hunted through my archives for it because it reminds me of the small yet important things. For more musings – and another old blog post – check out a guest post I wrote on how small is beautiful. As I preach to myself to love the ordinary and, more importantly, be content with it, I hope you can be encouraged as well.
I am a very lucky woman.
God blessed me with a husband who works really hard to provide for our family but who also is incredibly thoughtful…which is why I have dahlias growing outside my kitchen window. Last fall when Serafina was itty bitty and I was learning the ropes of being a stay at home mom, Ben brought me flowers one day. But they were in a bag! In other words, he brought me a bag of dahlia tubers for planting in the spring. Dahlias are my all-time favorite flowers and instead of bringing me a bouquet that would die in a week or so (which I would still very much appreciate!), he gave me something I can have every summer/fall.
To make the view even sweeter, Ben and Serafina decided to hang out in the shade right in line with the flowers. I will do dishes for DAYS when I get to look up from the sink and see this. God is so good…lovin’ my corner of 98201!