Tuesday, May 8, 2012

" One Day at a Time "

I just love those Ice Flowers don't you? Their color is just gorgeous and they grow like crazy! I've been spending a lot of time in my yard lately, not as much as I'd like too, but enough.

Things have been very busy in our household these past couple of months. Since my last post I've picked up a third part time job. It's only temporary, which is good. And the extra cash is a needed blessing right now. My husbands job has been slow lately.

I fell in love with this bowl that I found at my favorite thrift shop. 

As I mentioned in the past, our family has changed  over the last few months. My husband and I are raising yet another teen. I shouldn't say "raising" as both teens are quite tall ! Lets just say that God had someone that needed some people to help. I don't quite understand why God chose us but the fact is that for now, we have another teen living with us.

I've been busy !

You know it's a very strange feeling when your life is just going along, not perfectly, but you get used to it, and then all of a sudden it all changes.

It may not be what you thought it would be. Not that we ever really know what will happen from day to day. Still it seems such a challenge when it all gets turned to a different direction. 

Waiting for the Cone Flowers to bloom.

Acceptance seems to be the word of the day for me. To be able to accept change. Keep my Faith. To know in my heart that God will not let go of my hand. To know that God will give us the strength to mentor and guide with care, patience and love.

Our "Peaceful Place".

Teens can be so, so trying. I sometimes envision them as grown people trying so hard to "Hatch" from an egg shell. That probably sounds silly I know, but I really see it that way.

The struggling movements. Then the slowness as they tire from struggling so hard to escape so that they can spread their wings to fly. Ultimately to fly away.

Here we are filled with doubts. Are we teaching them the right things? Are we showing them everything that needs to be shown how to do? Will they succeed in this difficult and often cruel world?

We are trying. We are holding tightly to the hope that God will guide us in guiding them.

And that my friends is what we have been up to!
Life has been busy. It's been up and it's been down. 

And all the while, I can feel someone holding my hand.

 The Toolbox.


Tamara Swerline said...


And, extra prayers coming your way. Prayers for grace, dignity, patience, peace and always knowing Who is holding your hand!

Hugz Di!

Jackie said...

You and your husband are a wonderful loving couple, Di. Your compassion will be rewarded beyond measure; I'm sure of it.
I love your flower gardening skills. A green thumb you have! I particularly love your quiet place. It's where my eye went to in the photo.
And the toolbox flower planter is perfect. You did a great job picking just the right foliage and flowers for it. I love it.
I love you, my friend.

Mamabug said...

I think it's a blessing that God put you & hubby in this teen's life. Yes teens are very trying creatures but it will be a blessing to sees the changes in their life. Love the plants in the old toolbox, looks great. My knees are still stiff but I'm getting better. Hugs!

Wanda..... said...

Your flowers are all looking great, Di...especially like your Peaceful Place and Toolbox!

Rebecca said...

You HAVE been busy - and what a peaceful spot you've created outdoors. I hope you take time to go sit and enjoy it (or has it been warm enough to do that yet?)

Why am I not surprised you have a new teen living with you? I KNEW SOMEthing was going on....now I can pray more specifically.

I'm glad you have some extra cash coming in while your husband's work is slow. Times aren't easy for a lot of people right now...but God continues to take care of His children.

Lois Evensen said...

I just love what you have done with the toolbox! Wonderful. :))

And, another teen in the house? My goodness, you are a wonderful human being to be willing to help.

Huge hugs,

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Life going along perfectly? What's that?

I always have teens living with me because I take in international students. It's a challenge but there are so many positives. If God placed that kid there, you are the right people for the job.

Good on ya!

Talin's Corner said...

What a great idea (with the tool box). I love the new look of your blog.

Anvilcloud said...

You've sure got a lot on your plate lately. All the best it dealing with everything with grace and wisdom.

Teresa said...

Love how your toolbox flower box turned out. Looks like you have your hands full for sure. No wonder you have not had a day to yourself.
Blessings to you Di, the world needs more people like you in it.

Love TT

Joy said...

I can see why you love to play in your yard--very nice.

You asked about the honeysuckle at my house. This honeysuckle is not the invasive species, although I don't know what the name of it is. It is a slow grower, does not send runners and shoots underground. You can trim it if you wish, or just let it grow free. At my other house, I trimmed it back in the fall, and then, it sends out new and more shoots in different directions in the spring. It is not as strongly scented as the "wild" type of honeysuckle. I really like it, though. You can train it on a trellis.

Tranquility Speaks said...

The teen is so very lucky to have you around. Don't doubt yourself Diana. You have brought up your kids just fine, and the new teen will turn out fabulously too! God bless you and your husband for your goodness :-) Love your toolbox :)