Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Bits

,The perennials are wide awake and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Who could fathom blooms so intricate, symmetrical, breathtaking?

Incidentally, here's a conversation I had yesterday:

Calvin - Mommy, what are those flowers called?
Mommy - They are called Lupine.
Calvin - Why are they called Lupine?
Mommy - I have no idea.
Calvin - Uh...maybe because they look like pine cones?

Tell me, why didn't I think of that? Even if it's not true, it sounds pretty good to me.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, thank you for your many kind words and earnest prayers. We are fine. We are good.

That's not to say that I don't have jittery moments, but all-in-all, we are hopeful. And a little excited.

I have shared with a few friends that my biggest concern is not Cory finding a job, but that we will end up in a position where we have to choose the "best" job. I worry that we will not recognize the right choice.

One friend responded to my concern with these words: "How can a Father with a heart like His allow his son and daughter with hearts like yours to miss the right answer?"

So thank you, friend. I have carried those words around in my pocket, ever since.

Now Tuesday has become Friday.The sun has shone and then hidden itself and the rain pours down and I feel the inescapable truth that being in this position -- the position where my hands are tied and my job description reads only: "Pray. Listen. Wait.", is the very best place to be. How daunting would it be to believe that we had to clear our own path? How scary would it be if the weight of life decisions rested square on my bony shoulders?

I did not imagine that it would be possible to face an utter, impending loss of income and not be bathed in fear. But I'm here to tell you - it's possible.

To be continued! And happy weekending. We should totally cook-out! I'll bring the salsa. And the goat cheese.


  1. Love your beautiful pictures. And, isn't that Calvin so smart! He's right.

    Stay positive and I'll be praying for you all.

  2. Sounds like a good explanation to me...

    Trust in Him and it will all work out.

  3. I'm thankful for your possitive outlook at life, even throught the trials! He will provide, as always! Isn't He so sweet to His children?

  4. Did you see your beautiful girl on the home page of P-Dub's site?? Up right now! I'm sure you have! :)

    Praying for you guys!

  5. Shannan, I love that you are staying so positive throughout this trial. Like you said, just look at it as another, better door opening! God will lead your family in the right are good people. Enjoy your weekend :)

  6. keeping your family in our prayers

  7. I'm positive the right job will come along & you will both see it! Change is scary, but when you put your trust in the good lord - things move (in good ways) in your life!

  8. Chin up!
    Saw the photo of Ruby Smoothy on Pioneer Woman. She's a cutie pie.

  9. Beautiful flowers! And what a smart kid. Don't you love kid logic?

  10. I have been following you for just a little while now, nice to meet you! My husband and I are struggling with finding a job for his as well. Also we've recently found out that we have a baby on the way, our first. I just keep telling my self that God provides and I do have to break myself away from worry and choose not to. Your story touched my heart and I know that God will provide for your family!

  11. Shannan, you are such a remarkable example, no shining light! for me! I may be 25 (approx.) years older than you, but I want to be you when I grow up!

    BTW, is that Ruby's lovely face I saw on PW's photography page today???? Precious!!!

  12. Your faith is inspiring Shannan
    You will be richly blessed for your trust and belief

  13. Salsa and goat cheese?

    Um, I'm excited to by the way! SO EXCITED!
    But maybe I shouldn't be feeling that way about other people's struggles. I'm just being honest. I can't wait to read what happens next! Your blog is turning into a domestic Lord of the Rings novel (stay with me): You have great adventures ahead, and along the way maybe you'll meet some elves?

    Okay, it was a stretch. But it's really what I thought of.
    May I call you Bilbo Baggins?

  14. I am so thankful that you are trusting God. Nothing is impossible with him! Have a great weekend. xoxo

  15. I know this has nothing to do with your post, but have you been to Pioneer Woman's photography page yet? If not run on over! Twice now. Your man is a rock star.

  16. He's absolutely right. I will always think of that when I look at lupine!

    So glad to hear you are feeling encouraged!

  17. I don't know how I found your blog, but I have read it for quite a while. I don't believe I have ever commented before. I wanted to let you know that your words today have ministered to my soul and are a blessing to me. Thank you and my God shower His richest blessing on you and your family. The center of His will is the ONLY place to be.

  18. You are like sunshine on a cloudy day. God is so good.

  19. Your photos and your faith amaze me.

  20. Ruby made the PW homepage! So beautiful!

  21. great post. we these times our *holding pattern* and we've been in a bit of one ourselves for a few months about other circumstances. all we hear is *wait for the Lord.*

  22. I just love English Daisies and Calvin's thoughts about the Lupine. : ) Ours (the lupine) has yet to bud...but I sure do love how its green goodness captures the little rain drops!

    Have a beautiful weekend, Shannan!

    : )

    Julie M.

  23. I love visiting your blog. Everything is so pretty and you have such a way with words.
    You have a wonderful weekend.

  24. Thanks for sharing your faith and inspiring me to trust and wait!
    Hope you guys are having a great weekend!

  25. wow your garden looks beautiful! hope all is going well for you and of course the right answer will come .... it always does for the right people :) (i think this is our fourth date!)

  26. hey! niiiice flowers:)
    what's the first one? i need to come over & take a look at what you've got going on.

    my lupine is out of control this year! i spent a bit taking photos of it last week & will post them next week. (they don't even look the same now, they're in full-out bloom). don't you love how they hold a giant drop of water in the middle of the leaves? i'm easily entertained;)

    the roses are starting to bloom also and i love that.

    great words today, as always!
    talk soon,


  27. Yes, God will lead you to the right choice... He always does when we let him lead us.
    Your flowers are so beautiful! I am excited to see what the future has for you.

  28. ab-so-lute-ly LOVE this: "my hands are tied and my job description reads only: "Pray. Listen. Wait."
    There have been two times in my life where I have had random phrases come into my head and go on repeat. One was "be willing" the other, right now, is "Beauty for Ashes". I know He speaks to each of us differently but for some reason, I felt like I should tell you this--felt like I should tell you to listen to the "phrases" that seem to just come upon you out of "nowhere" and then pray for their meaning. He will tell you.

  29. Oh I have to go back and read. We've been in this situation's scary when your faith is put to the test, but also very eye opening. God has NEVER failed us. And I know He will provide for your family.

  30. I'm so glad you are feeling God's peace and joy as you walk through this trial, when my husband lost his job, it was (strangely) the most peaceful and joyful time for us...I totally expected to freak out and start planning how to deal (b/c that's how I am) and instead I just KNEW it was going to be not just okay, but better, and whataya know, he did find a great job that he loves so much more than ever before.

    Strangely enough in the month time that he was unemployed is when we received our referral for our son Jack, so I knew God was up to something! :)

    I'm praying for you and your family and the big things God has in store for you!

  31. Those are beautiful pictures of flowers. And Calvin thinking the lupines could be called pinecones is so cute. it's amazing how their little minds work.

  32. such a great post...words so true and flowers so beautiful!

  33. Thank you for the beautiful pictures...especially the one of your Bible open. It made me smile and ready to grab mine and do the same. I am sorry for the stress of Cory's job. I know that God prepares us in advance for such things though, so sometimes it is neat to look back and see where He has grown you for just such things. He is a planner, even more than I liken myself to be. I like the "Pray. Listen. Wait." I may use that one!

  34. Love all your pictures! Calvin is a smart boy indeed.

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