Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Things That Matter


I had one of those days yesterday that I know I will be remembering in the years to come.  One of those rare moments when God allows us to know that there is really something special going on.  My son, Taylor, and I went to visit his Grammie to help her build a rustic garden arch from some trees that she had taken down.  I thoroughly enjoyed my two hour trip with him in the car as we talked and laughed and talked some more.  


He really is growing into quite a fine young man.  He didn't even need our help at all.  We stepped back and let him take over the building of it.  I was so pleased to see his twenty year old mind in action, planning and sawing, and figuring it all out.  Now it's ready for grapevine to be woven through it to give it some texture.


One of my favorite parts of the day was sitting down for lunch and listening to Taylor and Grammie talk about hiking in the mountains.  Taylor has just gotten back from a trip to Montana and Martha has been a hiker for many years.  He is just developing this love of hiking and Martha has loved doing it herself.  They both "got" each other, while I sat and listened, thankful for the moment.


We just let life get too busy.  I was reminded how precious time is with the ones you love.  We all have things we have to do, should do, don't need to do.  It's good to do a bit of weeding out in our schedules.  Perhaps with a little more open space we can let God plan some special times for us.


Once the arch was up and I stepped back to look at it, it looked like it belonged there, as if it had been waiting to land in that spot.  I guess it had been.  I think of how easily we could have missed the opportunity if we decided we had been too busy to go.  I wonder how many things I've missed that God had planned to bless me with.  I've got some thinking to do on this one.  Asking God to give you a special blessing today!

Joyfully,

17 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the reminder and lesson in your post. I really needed to hear/read it today.

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  2. What a blessing and true joy...seeing our children mature into adults and seeing them also enjoy their grandparents...one of the most precious relationships to hold so dear. My children's grandmother is 96 and it is such a delight to watch the interaction...what a special day God gave you all.

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  3. How lovely. I am sure you will all have fond memories of this for years to come.

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  4. Enjoyed this post. My sister is a missionary in Honduras
    http://aft3rglo.blogspot.com/
    and surprised me with a visit on my birthday. I decided that I would not worry about anything but being with her. We had an awesome time. I could so relate to your post. Relationships are so precious and making memories is worth the time.

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  5. What a sweet story...so glad you were able to enjoy your special day together.

    I too have made one of these little rustic arbours...not an easy job at all.

    Hugs.

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  6. The arch is beautiful and so natural looking and the garden is lovely to. Such a nice story and a true lesson. dee x

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  7. What a lovely productive, contemplative day indeed! The arch is beautiful and does look like it was meant to be. So glad you took time out for such a wonderful interaction. Blessings, Tammy

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  8. As always, a lovely post, Renee. I'm glad you all had such a lovely day :) Happy crafting, Jenny

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  9. There is so much truth and beauty in your post. And what a special memory that was created! I needed your reminder to just slow down and enjoy being with one another. Be blessed today!!

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  10. What a wonderful day for you guys!!! And I love the arch way, what great memories you've created to remember :) Those are the best!

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  11. How true! Enjoyed so much reading your blog and looking through some of your older posts. It was a blessing to me. Thanks so much.

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  12. That's beautiful. I love the message. and tell your son I will pay him to build me one. I wanted some like that in the backyard around the garden beds. He did a fantastic job, and I'm so glad they "got" each other. This is a memory you all will never forget and always treasure. Thanks for yet another reminder to use our time wisely. I'm working on that.
    Julie

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  13. You guys did such a beautiful job on the arbor! It is really gorgeous. You're so right...it is perfect for that spot.
    PS Grammie's garden is lovely.:)

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  14. Beautiful Arch . . . .Beautiful Post :)

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  15. Such a wonderful post, Renee. All of it.

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  16. This was the most wonderful post. You gave me much to think about too. The arbor is wonderful and just the kind of thing I love in a garden.

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