my day

Today the sun is shining and the air is warm. Moist and warm — spring air. We’re enjoying it, and so are the black flies.

I’m behind in laundry, which is nothing new. Every once in awhile, I’m totally and completely on top of it for ONE WHOLE DAY. Ahh. It’s awesome. And then it’s over. Oh well.

I wrestled with a monstrous mint plant that was threatening to overtake our yard. Chopped it up, put it in its own special corner, and am hoping it will be happy in its new home. We love mint iced tea, and water with lemon and mint. Tastes of summer!

I also straightened and enlarged a little patch of earth outside my kitchen window, where I’ll plant lettuce and herbs. I really enjoy working outside and am usually looking for something else I can do (that requires no trips to the store, or any money, for that matter.) Besides the fresh air and exercise, it’s also a good opportunity for me to confront my perfectionist tendencies that threaten to steal the joy in every new endeavor. You know. You don’t know what you’re doing, this probably looks terrible. Just stop wasting time and go do laundry. Yes, it’s a good chance for me to work hard and sing, “Do my best!” with a cheerful heart, no matter how clueless I really and truly am.

I told the kids to hurry through their morning chores and go outside. “All day?!!?” Yes, all day. (They’re having a blast.)

Dinner plans have been elusive this week. What to make, what to make… Yes, it’s 4:14 and I’m still asking that question.

The world outside my window is just beautiful right now. The wind coming smells like life and newness. The little voices I hear are cheerful and full of laughter. Ten thousand blessings for my heart to find.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been reading and thinking about Colossians 3:12-19 — there’s lots to think about:

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience ; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone ; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body ; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. –Colossians 3:12-19

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