Monday, 7 October 2019

Small and Wonderful Things . . .

"The world is fairly studded and strewn with pennies cast broadside from a generous hand. But who gets excited by a mere penny?...It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. It is that simple. what you see is what you get." ~Anne Dillard  

A few of the small and wonderful things from the past week which brought untold joy into my life. It's the small things in life which truly mean the most. Simple abundance . . . it's the best.  
This weekend we got to watch our Bi-annual General Church Conference on the television. In fact this was the first year that we were encouraged to watch it at home.  Only one session was broadcast at the chapel, along with the Women's Session.  The rest all had to be viewed elsewhere.  We are able to watch the Saturday and Suday morning sessions live. Due to the time difference between here in the UK and Salt Lake City, we normally have to watch the afternoon sessions at another time. Funny story.  The live sessions went okay, however this time we ended up watching the October 2018 Conference for every other session, including the Women's conference.  DUH!  I am not sure how that happened.  But we were about 2/3 of the way through each before we realised that things were sounding pretty familiar!  And I took my usual notes!  I can only think that for whatever reasons, the Lord wanted us to watch those earlier conference talks again for some reason!  No matter, we were spiritually well-fed and encouraged regardless, and prompted to want to be and do better.  We can still watch the other talks as they are available online.  The only thing I miss is the music from being able to watch them live like that. 

My DIL posted these photos of two of my grandsons playing with sea glass and treasures.  They created some pictures using it.  (Jake, Josh, Jake)  

From Left to Right, Josh's Canadian Man on a Bob Sled, Kayla's woman and flower, Jake's shark.   I love how creative these grandson's of mine are and how they have parents who love and encourage them to explore their creative abilities. It is nice to see children being encouraged to use their brains and do more than just playing video games and watch television!  Kayla and Doug are very hands-on parents. 
I think all of my children are great hands-on parents.  When I was a child my father was always working and mom also.  It was a different time. I don't think parents were encouraged to play with their children.  I tried to do better, but I don't think I was really a play with my children kind of parent, although we did cook together, and I did play video games with them, we did some crafting, and we would watch things together and have discussions on what we had seen.  Today's parents seem to do much, much more with their kids and I think that is a good thing!  At least that is the way it seems with my own kids and grandchildren. 
Having had an opportunity for a few days at the end of last week to un-plug ourselves from the internet. It was refreshing and I think we should do it more often.  We actually achieved a lot on our "To Do" lists.  We were able to disconnect from the World and connect more with each other and Heaven.  I highly recommend everyone taking some time out from the World and it's intrusiveness regularly! 
I really miss my mother's presence here on earth. We may have been far away in miles these past 19 years of our lives, but we were always very close in every other way.  I cannot tell you the number of times during a day when I think I need to tell Mom this, or Mom would have loved that  . . . she is never far from my heart or my mind.  She was my best friend for all of my life, and even before I was born. I was familiar with her voice, the beat of her heart before I ever took a breath of air. She was the first to hold me, to comfort me, to love me . . .  from the womb until her last breath. I like to think that she is still there holding me, comforting me, loving me  . . .  I know with a certainty that we will be together again one day, and whilst I am not in any hurry to get there, I look forward to that beautiful reunion.  At the present it seems like a long, long time, but then, on the other side it will seem like it has only been a brief moment. 
I live at the head of the Great River
You live at the Great River's tail.
Daily I think of you; though I don't see you.
Both of us drink from the Great River.
Out in the garden early one morning this past week, I heard that familiar sound and looked to the skies to see several flocks of Geese flying South for the winter  . . .  it is a haunting sound to me, but so familiar.  It embroidered the October days of my childhood and it embroiders them still. It is the sound of time which is passing, we cannot hold it back no matter how hard we try . . . 

Each day that passes now brings change . . . we may not be blessed with the same brilliant changes in foliage colour that I grew up with in Canada, but there is still much beauty and charm to be found  . . . 

There is no prettier or charming sight than a house clad in vines of russet coloured  ivy . . .  

The rainy season has begun  . . .  days where we get more rain than we have sun . . . on those days I am glad that I am not a bird and that I can hunker down in the dry and warmth of indoors  . . . 

Oh how she misses the days of sunshine when she could wander up and down the garden at will  . . .  it has started to squelch again and there is far too much mud . . .
Even so we have much to be thankful for  . . . 

A thought to carry with you  . . .  
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Chicken & Green Bean Casserole 
In The English Kitchen today  . . .  Chicken & Green Bean Casserole.  Simply delicious! 

I hope your week ahead is filled with lots of small and wonderful blessings.  Don't forget along the way! 

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  1. My families are all about the ids too:) Great parents.My dad did nothing with me.He loved me..but nothing..never read a book..took me to Old Orchard twice w/ uncles.
    No..nothing really..
    You were blessed ..your grandchildren..and my grandchildren are too.
    Have a good week Marie..your casserole looks comforting..I commented on IG:)

    1. My dad did read to me. My parents were not people that did a lot of outdoor things. They worked hard at being able to provide for us. I don't blame them. I hope you have a good week also! xoxo

  2. Hi Marie, my mom and dad had a three year old when my brother and I were born so my dad was a hands on dad even doing laundry. Often a red sock of my sisters would get in the load of diapers turning them pink, lol. My friends and I went to see Downton Abbey this afternoon. It did not disappoint. We all loved it. Well worth the wait. Hope you get to see it soon, Marie. Take gentle care. Hugs, Elaine

    1. My dad was never really hands on in that way that I can recall! I am so wanting to see the DA film. I wonder will we get there before it leaves the cinema here. Sigh. Love and hugs, xoxo

  3. Hi Marie!

    I just loved General Conference, I'm so glad you were able to watch, it was so good, and answered a lot of questions I have had about social media. The quote about the deer, was one of my favorite.

    Your grandsons are so adorable! I love how creative they are, you can tell they have parents who encourage creativity...I love that!! They must have inherited that from their grandma.

    I will be blog will be my only social media. It's a decision that I have been pondering for a while. Lover the quote about the deer, it was one of my favorite from General Conference. It does bring me a ton of piece to unplug.

    I can totally tell that you and your mom were best friends. I am a total believer that our moms are cheering us on from the other side, they love us, and know how much they are missed. I think when we reach the other side, we will be surprised at how much our mother's were involved in our daily lives...I believe this with all my heart.

    Your photo of the geese is beautiful! I love this time of year when I see the changes and know that things will definitely be changing. I have never seen a house covered with red leaves, it's beautiful!!

    That cute little nose poking out the door just pulled at my heartstrings! I really miss my sweet, Cole.

    We do have so much to be thankful for...thankful for you, Marie! XOXOXO

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Wouldn't it be a wonderful thought if your mum and mine had met up on the other side? I wonder. This time is year brings changes every day. Oh poor Cole. I know how much you must miss him and your mum. We do have much to be thankful for. Love you my sweet friend, xoxo

  4. General Conference was such a feast this year and the past conferences as well. This year, I tried really hard to listen and reflect on what the Lord wanted me to do to change things in my own life and I did receive a lot of thoughts.
    My Mom has been gone since 2006 and I still want to ca and talk with her. I miss her so much. I too know that someday we will see one another again. I also feel her near at times and that brings me comfort.
    I do think technology can be a distraction. I haven't been able to do much lately and I feel sad when I can't read posts and know what my friends are up too. It has been so fun to catch up with you today.
    Your grandson's are so adorable and I love that their parents are into letting them have creative time. We need more of that kind of parenting.
    Fall is here and there is a special feeling that goes through my heart when I see the birds flying south.
    You cute fur baby is so adorable. Our Sammy is a stay in kind of pet and when it snows he backs up and doesn't want to go out at all.
    Your photos were lovely today.
    Blessings and hugs for you!


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