Raspberry Days

The kids discovered wild raspberry bushes on the perimeter of our property.  For the past two days, they've occupied hours stuffing their mouths full of the tart ruby red fruit, the proof of their labors stained all over hands and mouths.  What they have not eaten, they've managed to squirrel away in Rubbermaid containers set aside for pie or jam. 

"If you want jam," I told them, "We're going to need

a lot

of berries."

Out the door they went to pick, taking seriously the challenge to gather bushels full.  I followed behind them with the camera and found them deep within the berry bushes, yelping as they went.  I tried to help harvest, but soon realized the picking came with a price.  When I carelessly grabbed the bushes, I was pricked by thorns.

Bushes and bushes full of this sweet fruit, and we can't get to it because of the thorns

! I thought.

I'm sure the delicious fruit caught between painful thorns contains a metaphor about the spiritual life somewhere in there, but I'm too tired to sort it out.

I

do

know the all the blooming raspberries are a is a gift and we're not going to let those thorns stop us from picking or eating. 

There are many things I love about our new place, but one of the things I love the most is our circular driveway.  Christopher has discovered bike riding since we've moved and it's all because he can practice pedaling on his big boy bike.  He rides round and round the big circle, his tongue hanging out of the side of his mouth and his uncombed hair sticking out like a cockscomb.  I'm trying to convince him he's strong enough and good enough to lose his training wheels, but he's too cautious to try it.  Until he's ready, I'm content to let him ride from morning to night, which he does with determined alacrity.

It warms my mama heart to see him fly.

We're finally settling into the new house and for perhaps the first time all summer long, I don't feel so harried.  We've spent the last two weeks mostly lolly gagging and playing in between fits and bursts of my desire to Organize The House And Be Productive.

Mostly, we're just playing.  I've decided even if the house isn't "perfect" when school time rolls around, everyone will survive.

I'm trying to say "yes" to the mostly simple requests the kids make during the day, which is why Camille is wearing Vamp like lipstick in the photo above.  It also means the girls are spending many hours in my kitchen.   Saying yes usually means more mess, but it also means happy and engaged kids who aren't looking to be entertained via television or video games.  

I carried my camera with me most of the day yesterday.  The leisurely moments we've experienced as of late lend themselves to taking time to do things I enjoy most--photography, reading, a little bit of writing, picking berries.  I'm reflecting on the frenetic pace we experienced this past year because of our schedule, because of school, and because of me.

I don't want to recreate

that

craziness during the upcoming year, which means being intentional about the activities we chose.  I missed the Fall early bird soccer sign up (which also means I missed the steep soccer discount) and I'm not so sure that's a bad thing.  I'm not opposed to sports, but I am opposed to the insanity that we all sometimes feel--the kids and me included-- when we have too much going on.

(Side note:  we skipped swim team this summer and would you believe the kids haven't asked ONE TIME to go to the pool or to swim or anything?  Makes me wonder why I'm so hell bent on offering the kids different opportunities, if they don't even care if they participate or not.)

Mark 6:31-32

Verse Concepts

And He *said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

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 "And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest awhile."  (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)  They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves."
Mark 6: 31-32

Mark 6:31-32

Verse Concepts

And He *said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.

- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Leisure,-Nature-And-Purpose-Of#sthash.YAYcZj5m.dpuf