Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gratituesday - Saturdays, work, and cord wood

It seems there's always something that needs to be done on this piece of land the Lord has blessed us with. Since the Papa works hard all week fixing other people's electrical problems, Saturdays are typically work days around our place. Whether it's a simple indoor chore like hanging a shelf, painting a wall, or even organizing the pantry or big projects outside like working on our deck, cleaning the hen house, or stacking firewood, we find great enjoyment in working together as a family.

One thing we're learning is that taking dominion is a never ending task. The days and weeks and seasons come and go, and with them comes the glorious rhythm of a life lived together as a family. Beds to make, laundry to gather, floors to sweep, dishes to wash, gardens to plant, weed, and harvest, lawns to mow, wood to chop and stack (and burn!). Finding joy and contentment in the repetitive nature of all these tasks provides us with a deep sense of satisfaction in our labor and helps develop hearts overflowing with gratitude.

A wheelbarrow full of kindling and cord wood stacked ready for warming our home are indeed things for which to be thankful.

Children who enthusiastically embrace the life and work and dreams of their father and mother are a great blessing.

For what are you thankful today?

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. ~John Calvin

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Join me for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers. :)

Also proudly sharing with the Homestead Barn Hop, Far Above Rubies, Living Well Wednesday, and Raising Homemakers


  1. Look at ALL that wood! Good Job guys ( and gals). You all will be nice and toastie the winter. They are predicting a cold winter for us up here. So we got our woodshed all stocked and ready.

    I am going to post the pic of the muffins tomorrow. For some reason photobucket doesn't want to post the picture right side up. ((sigh))

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  2. Our woodshed project has been put on hold, so it's tarps again for us this year... We've heard it could be a cold winter as well. So much to do to prepare! Blessings, ~Lisa

  3. When we lived up north we used firewood, too. It was tons of work, but we actually enjoyed it. You'll be happy for the warmth all winter long. I miss the warm, dry heat. (Dropping by from Gratituesday)

  4. Anonymous10/11/2011

    I am thankful for the air. I know what is that - but seriously, the air here in the mountains has been absolutely clean and crisp in the morning. Perfect for walking! :)

    And all that wood Lisa! you will be set for winter. I have lots of friends that heat their house with wood. I just love that smell :)



  5. Anonymous10/11/2011

    I hear of people talk about hating the monotony of everyday life and I'm always puzzled. I like to think of the day to day and the repeat things as the rhythm of life and don't find them monotonous at all. (except for maybe putting away laundry...lol) You're making great memories with your family and teaching your children great lessons.

  6. Children with a work ethic? Definitely a treasure in this day and age!

    Blessings, Debbie


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