Never a dull moment here in the valley. Every day is an adventure, and yesterday there was a special discount on adventures. Yesterday was two adventures for the price of one. If you know me, you know I love a good bargain, so I just couldn't resist.
The day started out like a normal day. We exercised. Jason went to language school. The kids and I worked a little around the house. Then Jason returned from school. Sounds pretty normal, right? We were totally off our guard for the adventure we were about to encounter.
When we first arrived here, we purposed in our hearts that this property would be dedicated to the Lord for His glory and His use. We even put the verse on our mantle... "As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15 As far as we are concerned, this house and our yard is His.
A few days ago, our neighbor approached me and asked if she could have a cutting off our flowering tree to plant in her yard. I love opportunities to be a good neighbor, so I was happy to share. As the branch was being cut, she told me her purpose for the tree. My heart was broken.
There is an old saying... when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
I was talking to my friend earlier this week. She was such an encouragement to me. And I sure hope I encouraged her. She drives somewhere around 45 minutes to get to church. In America, that's a pretty long drive! But it's such a good church! So, we made a deal that neither of us would complain about our drives to church.
The moment the promise escaped my lips, I knew what was coming... Sure enough.
So this evening as we left for church, I remembered the promise I made. I began praying.
Some of you may be wondering how our garden is doing. Those of you who know me as "the cure for kudzu" because of my lack of a green thumb... let me assure you that I have nothing to do with the vegetables that are planted in this garden. They are safe from my murderous clutches. I also promised Nirmala that I definitely would not touch the garden at certain times of the "month." (It is a superstition here that doing so will kill plants... I refrained from telling Nirmala that any time I touch a plant it is likely to die no matter what time of the "month" it is.) So, how is the garden doing? Well, it depends on what you think needs to grow in a garden.