Family Centered Friday

Be Still and Know…

Grace.  In the midst of a very stressful time, He sent this grace.

Pigs in the neighbour’s corn, and out overnight.  A house restoration schedule we can’t seem to get a handle of.  A three-hour commute for chores.  Sales that have fallen through.  The waning of his work-year.  The return of a demanding school schedule.

And William and I were on our way to the veterinarian to collect some medicine to try to save a sick goat.

Worry has a way of charging me, like a surge of electricity.  My mind races trying to think through every possible solution to every possible problem, seeking ONE answer that will solve them all.

It was a beautiful autumn morning: crisp, windy, bright.  As we approached the causeway, around the bend in the road, my eye was caught by something I hadn’t seen before.  I drove on while it registered.  I stopped, incredulous.

A pair of swans.

“Trust in Me.  All shall be well.  Slowly, slowly.”

So I walked to the rail and watched for a time.  And let peace settle on my heart.  Allowed Him to gently remove the burden from my shoulders.  And left with a heart full of thanksgiving.

A swan song of gratitude as I die to myself – just a little – and let Him work.


It is believed that mute swans sing only once.  As they are dying. Sweetly, calmly singing themselves away.



{This Moment}

Sophie, looking out on the field behind our barn on our last hay day.

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Oh, it’s so hot.  We’ve blood that is much too thick for these temperatures.  But we make the best of it.  When the fans just don’t do anything to help, we haul out the hose and send the kids out to the front yard.  I’m sure it provides endless amusement for the neighbours.  Good old-fashioned fun.

The heat wave has provided a lovely opportunity for distraction from the bustle. Right now, we’re commuting three hours a day back and forth to the farm for chores and to keep an eye on the restorations.

And Brian is still working.

And there is a household to manage.  And children to tend.

And I’m working, too.  Rebuilding my event planning business, and getting ready to publish a new magazine for homeschoolers (more info to come).  I like busy.  I *really * like busy.  But even I get tired and need a diversion.

Watching my kids smile, laugh, and just be kids is a perfect one.  It reconnects me with what is truly important, and precious, in my life.

This winter baby thinks that summer is very exciting.


We’re really missing Jack, who is away at camp this week – his last Yawgoog week as a boy scout.  Making wonderful memories to last a lifetime.  And probably staying close to the lake – swimming, boating, fishing – to stay cool.  We’ll be so happy to see him on Sunday afternoon.

What will you be doing to keep cool with your loves this weekend?

{this moment}

How farm kids keep cool in the summer

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ at SouleMama for all to find and see.

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