My Kind of Memorial Day

May 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm 2 comments

Today is one of the best days in my life that I can remember.

My husband has been home, things have been low-key due to rain.

He went to the farm store to get some seedlings for the garden while I went to Kroger.  I organized coupons on the way there and went through new ones, did my shopping (joyfully, saving money). 

Then, he picked me up at the door, we drove back down to the farm store and talked about the type stone paver-thingies we want to use to build over our delapidating brick bed. 

THEN, he helped me pick out some healthy geraniums, agronomy major that he is.

To top that off, he is managing and researching pool chemicals, chemistry major that he is. 

AND, he brought all the groceries in for me.  I’m bubbling over, folks.

The kids are now IN the pool (a good 50 degrees on a rainy day), just because they can. 

It’s probably not balanced yet, but it’s not gross-looking either. 

Meanwhile, I’m cooking some ribs for the fam Red helped me prepare a marinade for this morning with my Very Best Baby Back Spare Ribs Ever recipe. 

I tried just the regular ribs last time and they weren’t as good, so I’m anxious to see how they turn out.

I’m cleaning out my closet and books, loving the things I’m finding to inspire me again.

A day to remember…not just loved ones who have passed, but what is important.  “On my bed, I remember You, I think of You through the watches of the night.” (Psalms).  And, “Remember me, when you’re old enough to think and old enough to dream.  I remember you…remember me” from a choir cantata song.  Remember. 

I was thinking how the children of Israel forgot from one day to the next the Lord their God, though He had done miraculous things among them. 

Then, today I got a link to a blog where all people were doing was complaining about the church like it was an enlightened idea to feel surpressed and cheated, focusing only on the negative.  How is that “emergent”?  There’s nothing emerging about feeling cheated of God’s best by what he’s given.  In fact, it’s Satan’s oldest trick.  See:  Eve, garden scene.  See Israelists, complaining scenes from the minority who soured the majority by just a few words of “real” complaints.  (“Well, we do need meat!”  “Well, we haven’t seen water in a while, you have to agree!”  “Well, the other communities do serve other gods and nothing has happened to them.”)

To be challenged is a good thing, to continually incite unrest, only asking unsettling questions that feed doubt and dissatisfaction?  There is something unsettling about that.  In those conversations, a person cannot say anything remotely conservative without feeling old-fashioned.  In those cases, it’s usually just best to let God do the work, but it’s annoying to see a generation so lost in their convictions that they really have none. 

Immerse yourself in communities and writers and artists and musicians who build your faith, hope, and gratitude rather than tearing it down constantly…that’s my challenge.

I think I got off.

…my perfect day:  the family here…old enough to enjoy the activities and even take some risks of rain and simple things and have a grand old time.  What a glorious day! 

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  • 1. awomansdevotion  |  May 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    So glad that today has been such a great day. As I read your post, I could almost see your wonderful smile!!!

  • 2. Holly Smith  |  May 26, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I am so glad for your restful, wonderful day!

    My Chris used (1 Gallon for every 5000 gallons of water)of really cheap bleach one year to shock our pool in Texas, when our money was tight. There are places on the internet, Chris said, to tell you how to do it.

    Blessings on you, Maggie!!
    Love,
    holly

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