Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cornflower Blues

If you had told me fifteen years ago that my children would each be a different ethnicity and that they would one day play alongside Amish friends, well, there's a good possibility I would have turned to look behind me, so sure that you weren't speaking to me.

That's the funny thing about God - His thoughts are not our own. His plans are often way different than what we would dream up.

Almost every time I think I know what's around the corner, I am proven wrong. I've learned that being wrong can be the best gift ever.

Today was a cornflower blue kind of day. It wasn't indigo, it wasn't sky. It was somewhere right in the middle of the blue Crayolas. It carried the familiar waxy scent and the point was worn flat. Blue is blue is blue.

I got rained on. Soaked to the bone, in fact. Then I drove Calvey to see his doctor, soggy-britched and searching the sky for just one ray. I didn't find that ray at the hospital, I found more clouds, more rain. Cornflower blue rain.

We cooped ourselves up, along with fussy toddlers and emotional pre-schoolers. Maybe my blue was bleeding out at the edges?

But then, we played Barbies and Legos inside. We chanted "Girls rule, boys drool", and protested when the guys took their turn and flipped it all on its ear.

We happened upon a gas war and filled both tanks.

We had spaghetti for dinner and turned it into a special occasion by adding meat and garden zuchini to the sauce. The littles surprised me by wrapping each fork up in the napkin, restaurant-style.

I got some super fun mail.

I pretended to eat some partially-amphibious toes.

I read my book.

Somewhere through the course of the hum-drum and the rays, I noticed that a cornflower day can still be lemondrop at its core.

I feel looked-out-for tonight. I feel cozy-wrapped in the weight of the knowledge that I am so flawlessly, graciously taken care of.

42 comments:

  1. What a way you have with words.

    :) Laura

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  2. Just caught up on your lovely blog. Deep down sweet posts. Thanks for your encouragement to live life and be joyful. Love to you.
    ~ Debbie~

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  3. I love blue days turned lemon...they are my favorite. I just blogged about that the other day! I am glad you ended your day know that God has a bigger and better plan for each min. of your day! Thanks for the joyful post.

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  4. wow... i LOVE cornflower blue days. and i love this post. so well written.

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  5. May sunshine yellow trim your tomorrows.

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  6. I certainly hope you are in the process of writing a book. You are an excellent writer. Flawless. Classic authors would bow down before you. Keep up the good work!!
    Blue is as Blue does ;~))

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  7. I haven't had time for blogging so much lately and reading others posts. You're one of the ones I really missed! If you'd have told me 15 years ago that I'd have half-Asian kids, I would've had the same reaction as you. But can you imagine life any other way now?

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  8. I just love you.

    what kind of day is the kind where you have too much coffee too late in the day? Because I'm having that kind.

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  9. sigh. yes. I'm back.
    It's like an obsession or a nervous tick.

    So, FYI I was praying for you today. Maybe there was a reason for that. I almost emailed you to tell you that you were really on my mind, but then I thought, "No, she gets enough email from you. She probably wants a smallish break between posts"
    Breaks over baby!

    Seriously, Praying for you and yours.

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  10. Your words always warm my heart and put a smile on my face :)
    I'm so happy to have come across your blog so many months ago......

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  11. honest to goodness Shannan we should be paying big bucks to read your blog...beautiful.
    oxo
    Tara

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  12. A good reminder to always focus on the good things we have! Hope everything is ok with Calvin.

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  13. You say so much with your words. You turn them into something absolutely beautiful and life changing.

    Thanks!

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  14. You make me look at cornflower blue days in a different light now. Thank you.

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  15. "I feel cozy-wrapped in the weight of the knowledge that I am so flawlessly, graciously taken care of." Spoken beautifully. Thank You.

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  16. great post!!
    Have a great weekend

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  17. Just look at all your followers. U r a lovely Godly woman. Make it happen for us Shannan. Lord Bless u.

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  18. I'm glad your day turned out much better! You always know how to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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  19. one of the most beautiful and eloquently written posts...loved it!!! love, love that picture too...and you are so right about it all...

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  20. Smiling... Cornflower and Periwinkle are my favorite in that Crayola box!

    The photo is absolutely precious...

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  21. You have such a gift with words! I love the picture of the children playing together. Do you know a lot of Amish?

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  22. I am a broken record, but you are such a delight to read. This girl, who has over the years fallen into using a 3rd grader's vocabulary is in awe! Thank you for the beautiful words that praise our beautiful Lord!

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  23. God is always surprising us and always knows what best. LOVE the last line of your post! Wishing you a day full of PINK today! ;) not red or burgundy or fushia but cotton candy pink!

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  24. perhaps one day we will really chat...over a campfire. about crayola colors. and why they change the names of classics. why they added flourescent colors, etc. hmmm...until then i will continue to leave "mysterious" messages about the way your beautiful writing moves me. xoxo

    p.s. i'm going to haiti. in february. but shhh...only 2 people (now 3) on this earth know about it.

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  25. What a beautiful post again! I can totally relate my my two littles and the way the Lord has better and bigger plans than I could ever muster up for myself. He is great!

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  26. Beautiful picture. Cornflower blue was always my favorite shade of blue. What a terrific way to describe a day that was up and down.

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  27. Your writing is just amazing!
    I love the photo too:)

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  28. Nothing like that feeling of being cared for... in fact, I was just telling Adrain something along those lines last night. We go to put a contingent offer on the little red house (the OK Corral) today at 2:00. I said, "It's never quite what you think it's going to be when you're planning it out, yet it's somehow just what you wanted." No idea what our futures hold, but so good to know who holds our futures.

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  29. This is just the sweetest post ever!

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  30. You are such an excellent writter. Love that you have a multi national family as your children will be blind to race ,color, religion, etc...

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  31. It's lovely to have someone remind you to find the joys and special pleasures in the little things in life. If we all did that, we would realize how blessed we are every day.

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  32. That sounds like one lovely day. I want to play with Amish friends myself. Your kids are super lucky.

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  33. Beautifully said... as always.

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  34. Wonderful post!!! and my favorite color was always the Periwinkle blue :)

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  35. Beautiful Beautiful post. I love cornflower blue- I always have.

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  36. Every. single. one. of your posts *always* gives me goosebumps. Right in the middle of a sticky-hot, airless summer day -- you send a shiver through me. Thanks for being a corner of the world that makes me pause, in a very motion-filled life. <3

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  37. I think that's pretty damn cool.

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  38. Beautiful picture. Beautiful words.

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  39. My first thought was that Tianna will love this "blue" post. :) Me, I just love you. ps. do you post more than once a day? I swear you must...I can never keep up!

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  40. I love it that my grandest babies have personal contact with Amish children! Yah, I really love it!

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  41. The Maker of all the blues and yellows has made you such a gifted writer...love the way you describe your world...and mine.

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  42. what a precious little amish girl. You are lucky to be able to interact with the Amish! I visited Indiana a loooooong time ago and shopped at an Amish store and had fabulous baked goods, such a peaceful community :)

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