Corin’s Flip Flops, Green Grass & Contentment

     Oh, my word, Corin’s flip flops garnered as many comments on yesterday’s post as the aprons!! Yes, she was wearing flip flops, and a sweatshirt!   My Will and Little Miss Fiesty, and both of Corin’s boys at one time or another, were barefoot all yesterday afternoon, too.  Short sleeves were very comfortable.  It was, truly, a glorious day.

     Please keep in mind – concerning the flip flops – that Corin and her family were in a horrible car accident in early September.  Her feet and ankles were swollen, badly, for months afterwards and the flip flops were all she could wear during the fall and well into winter.

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     That green grass?  The stuff those of you with snow were commenting about?  Ladies, we’re already having to mow!  It’s already been mowed twice since the first of the year, and Aaron will have to mow again tomorrow.  If this weather continues, and it might, we will be mowing weekly very, very soon.  We also are going to have to start watering in the next week or so.  The outdoor potted plants have already had to be watered.

 

 

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     And weeds??  Girlfriends, let me tell you about the weeds!  If the grass is green, the weeds are growing.  Quickly!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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      My Lantana and Dahlias in this area are still fast asleep, but the weeds are awake and threatening to take over!

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      My early variety of blueberries are already blooming, too;

 

 

 

 

 

 

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     but the berry patch where they are growing is a mess!  Weeds, weeds and more weeds.  My husband uses the rototiller between rows to manage the weeds, but the ground here is very wet and soggy from last week’s heavy rains, and there is no way it can be tilled.  (The soil in the berry patch is highly supplemented with peat moss, which the berries love, but which really holds the moisture!)

    

 

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     Green grass and growing weeds (some of them flowering) equal just one thing in my family.  Allergy season has arrived!!!  Corin’s allergies are already active, and Dani’s are trying to kick in, too.  I even had to take an antihistamine yesterday afternoon after being outside all day. 

     Please hear me here, I am NOT complaining.  This is the part of the country where the Lord not only ordained that I would be born, but apparently where He plans for me to live out my life.  I am content here!  It is very easy for us to actually envy those of you who are still snow bound.  Don’t laugh, it’s true!  And those of you in areas that actually have four, distinct seasons?  Oh, man, does that sound appealing.  A couple of years ago one of the women that my husband had worked with for several years retired.  She and her husband bought a home in Hawaii and moved after she retired.  I know, I know……..talk about heaven on earth, right?  Guess what?  She has had to take a job there because the cost of living is so high. 

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     Human nature (make that our sin nature) means that we always envy that green grass on the other side.  You know that to be true, and so do I.  The Lord provides all of our needs, and a good portion of our wants as well.  And yet, we whine and complain about so much.  Even though I have come a long ways in this area, I’m still guilty of it, too.  What a blessing it is, not only to ourselves, but to our family (and even our friends) when we learn to be content, really and truly content, with where the Lord has us right now.  It’s a hard lesson to learn, and it takes a lifetime to really and truly obtain it.  In fact, Jeremiah Burroughs, in the book I have mentioned time and again, says that Christian contentment is a rare jewel. 

     A rare jewel?  Oh, my isn’t a rare jewel something to be desired and worked for and then cherished once obtained?  Yes, yes it is!  Strive for that rare jewel!  Make it a choice, each and every single day (and even remind yourself time and again in the midst of your days), to be content.  Yes, you can make that choice!  And once you are content, once you begin to experience that rare jewel in your life, guard it and hold it fast!  Don’t let envy, bad attitudes, laziness, illness, fatigue, your husband’s work schedule, disobedient children, or a “bad day” steal that rare jewel from you!  It’s rare!  It’s valuable!  It’s a prized jewel!

     In fact, I am so passionate about this as I type, that I am going to offer my own copy of Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment to one of you.  I have read this wonderful book several times.  If you don’t want a used paperback book, don’t enter.  However, if you would like my copy of  this great book, just leave a comment to this post.  I’ll draw a winner randomly on Sunday (March 2) around 8:00 p.m. PST and will announce the winner Monday morning. 

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     Oh!  The pretty little apron laid out in the picture in the last post is actually Little Miss Fiesty’s.  Here’s the apron I made for Dani last year from the fun, retro print.  This was made from the same pattern as the mother/daughter aprons from yesterday.

 

 

 

 

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     I LOVE this fabric! 

 

 

 

 

 

     Don’t forget, if you’d like to be entered in the drawing for my own (used) copy of Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, be sure to leave a comment on this post before Sunday evening. 

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27
 

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32 comments to Corin’s Flip Flops, Green Grass & Contentment

  • Now wait a minute!  If you give it away, who am I going to borrow it from??? :wha: 😆

  • I would love to have your paperback copy about contentment! I love reading almost as

    much as you do, and this is one I haven’t read.  By the way, I love your blog.  It’s one

    I read every day.

    Blessings,

    Norma

  • It’s funny but I was thinking on this very topic this afternoon…contentment and what discontent drives us to.  Used paperbacks do not bother me a bit…in fact, I almost prefer them.  Thanks for the giveaway and thanks also for your posts.  I check here every day.  I have learned so much from you.  You are a source of inspiration and encouragement.  I know it takes time to post as you do and if I have read correctly you see it as a ministry.  Well, I want you to know that my life is one that has been touched by yours.  Thank you.

    Rebecca

    http://www.rebeccaswalk.blogspot.com

  • I’m all for used books! LOL I’d love to be entered in your drawing. I don’t think there’s anything I struggle against more than discontentment.

    Love the retro apron!

  • Icky weeds!

    ~*~Megan~*~

  • I would love to be in your drawing too and tell Corin that if I win she is more than welcomed to borrow the book from me:wink:…I don’t think of books as being “used” just “loved a lot”

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, that was so sweet of you…and you just had to post another pretty  picture of an apron:rolleyes:

    Blessings, Joann

    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/ajoyfulhomemaker

  • You are so right about contentment and the weather. 🙂  I was fussing a wee bit this morning about the weather. (It’s supposed to be sixty here tomorrow and then possibly 20 inches of snow on Tuesday.)  Anyway, it seems that we have been struck with every illness known to man during this extended winter season.  So, as I was grumbling to the Lord about my desire for spring, it occurred to me that in a few weeks I will probably be bringing my allergy issues to Him and then in a few more months, I’ll be begging Him for an end to the heat and a good hard freeze.  (I am ever so glad that He is patient with me.)  I would love to have the opportunity to read The Rare Jewel if you choose to send it my way.  Enjoy your green!

  • Ive always wanted to read this book, so please include me in your draw, Cheryl. 🙂

    Well, we’ve got the four distinct seasons, which I love!  But boy oh boy do we have snow, more snow than we’ve had in years and years and while I soaked up all you said about being content (and I really am, at least mostof the time) I am pretty fed up with the snow, which continues to fall even as I type this.  I also soaked up the pictures of your grass and even your weeds!

    Glad to hear all of you are feeling better, enjoy your blog so much.

    Niki

    http://www.ruralwritings.blogspot.com

  • Greetings from snowy New England! DH is shoveling snow off the roof for the second time this season, we have had more than 3 feet of snow this year and we are in the midst of yet another storm. I’m trying to make you envious, can you tell?

    I would love to be entered in your drawing, the book is one I would like to read.

    Irene

  • Dear Coppor’s wife,

    Please enter me into your drawing. I find your blog both positive and inspirering. I’m not sure what else to write except God bless you and your family. Michelle

  • YOur words are so true! And as for having 4 distinct seasons…. NOT here either! We have two. Cool.. and HOT! 🙂 That is Texas for ya!

    I would love to be entered into your lovely drawing. I’d love to think that used books are treasures passed on from one freind to another! Just like teapots or even recipes.

  • YOur words are so true! And as for having 4 distinct seasons…. NOT here either! We have two. Cool.. and HOT! 🙂 That is Texas for ya!

    I would love to be entered into your lovely drawing. I’d love to think that used books are treasures passed on from one freind to another! Just like teapots or even recipes.

  • Please enter me Cheryl!!! I’m longing for green pastures and wildflowers here in SD!!

  • My goodness-what another wonderful post you did!!!!

    I don’t envy the flip-flops-it would be nice to wear them here too-I think I would have gotten my toes frostbitten :giggle: this morning though when I was snowblowing 8 inches of snow out of our driveway!!!!!!! The book sounds wonderful-it would be a wonderful addition to our library.

  • My goodness-what another wonderful post you did!!!!

    I don’t envy the flip-flops-it would be nice to wear them here too-I think I would have gotten my toes frostbitten :giggle: this morning though when I was snowblowing 8 inches of snow out of our driveway!!!!!!! The book sounds wonderful-it would be a wonderful addition to our library.

  • Though I would love to own one of your much loved books, I already own this one…though I have not read it…the print is SO small. How do you handle that?

    I should pick it up though because this Spring Fever does cause me some discontent. It will be in the 40’s here this weekend and I plan to close the bedroom doors and open the windows for a while….FRESH air. Nothing like it.

  • Comment, comment, comment.  :laugh:  Trying to find contentment in the midst of just having a snow storm blow through last night leaving 8 MORE inches on the ground than was there before.  PLUS lake affect snow from Lake Erie going on right now.  It sure makes for an interesting time of it.  Fortunately, my hard working hubby and oldest son is out plowing and scooping.  PTL!   I’ll have the kids take pictures of it all and post it on my blog.   :coolman:  It’s absolutely beautiful. 

  • Hello Copperwife’s Family
    I like to thank you so much for your ministry of sharing your lives openly with me and others. It has been such a blessing and I am truly inspired to see a true Proverbs 31 woman.

    I see the signs of spring everywhere here in southern cal. I too see my home filled with budding flowers and leaves springing forth. I still desire winter a little longer…maybe… to cozy up with a good book! Yes, please enter me in your drawing of your precious book. Thanks, Delia

  • Cheryl, I would love a copy of your book! That is a subject that creeps up way too often!

    Kimberly

  • I l:heartbeat:ve that fabric!!! What fun colors and I would think would make it equally as well in doing things around the house! 

    I have not read that book…I will have to keep my eyes open for that.  We have a neat thrift store here that I can find books like that from time to time.  You are so sweet to offer that to everyone!!! 

    xoxo Cat (just commenting on your post not for the drawing and wish everyone good luck! ) 

  • I l:heartbeat:ve that fabric!!! What fun colors and I would think would make it equally as well in doing things around the house! 

    I have not read that book…I will have to keep my eyes open for that.  We have a neat thrift store here that I can find books like that from time to time.  You are so sweet to offer that to everyone!!! 

    xoxo Cat (just commenting on your post not for the drawing and wish everyone good luck! ) 

  • I have wanted to read that book for a while. I have real struggles with being content. I have had the flu all week and being content with cabin fever is hard!

  • I never even noticed the flip flops.:lol: My hubby and I both think that book sounds like a good read. I love the pictures you posted of the “flowers” I mean weeds. All of Gods handi work is beautiful.

  • I am one that envy those that have all 4 seasons and snow. I have to work hard at being content here in Florida. Everyone seems to want to move here while I dream of moving to another state. I would love to be entered into your drawing.

    Heather

  • I would like to be entered in your contest.  A friend told me about your blog a few weeks ago and I’ve been enjoying ever since–especially your recipes. 😉

  • Hi Cheryl,
    I would love to be entered in your drawing! I put that book on my list of books to read this year and since I don’t have a copy yet, I would be so excited to receive one! I enjoy your blog and reading about all the happenings in your family life. Thank you for all of your inspiration!
    Blessings,

    Sharon

  • That fabric for the apron is TOO cute. I just started sewing again. I figured out my sewing machine and I fixed my serger. Now I am ready to catch up on projects. I many I’d like to complete before I birth this baby in a couple of months. My 4 year old is begging for some dress up costume clothes to play in. I used to sew them all the time for the oldest of my kiddos. I love my serger. It is a Brother overlock. It came with a DVD teacher. :wave: 😆

  • I love the aprons and would love the book to. Please include me in on the drawing

    thank you …Trish

  • Hello Cheryl,

    I just found your blog today and I have enjoyed it very much. It is hard to find encouraging input on the web. I would like to enter your drawing for the book on contentment as that is an area that I need to work on. Thank you very much.

    Karen

  • No comments, after this one, will be considered for the drawing for the book.  Thanks!!!

  • I just love the apron fabric – it is so cool