Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Do I Enjoy?

A friend from long ago reconnected with me yesterday. We met when our husbands served in the Navy, and we both were still young wives. We watched each other go from being just wives into being mothers. We lost track of one another over the years. Time has a way of doing that. Yesterday I received an email from her and I shot her a quick email back. In passing, I asked her what does she enjoy now in her life. A simple question, but oh what a thoughtful answer she gave me. As I read it, I smiled and knew all was well. I asked her permission to share her thoughts with you, and she agreed.

Let's see, what type of things do I enjoy? I enjoy spending time with people whom are loving and kind and love the Lord and like to talk about spirituality. I enjoy music and the arts and theatre. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I achieve something I've been working toward. I enjoy biscuits and honey and a hot cup of tea with milk and honey...I enjoy the smell of the air after it's rained, the feel of wind against my skin, and picking vegetables in the garden. I enjoy a soft bed when it's been a hard day, a ice cold glass of fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot day, and spending time learning more about the God who created me, and what He wants for my life... If you want the more standard version, I do enjoy photography, literature, art, music, design, scuba diving, hiking, driving in the country just to gaze upon the beauty, and my family....(not to mention your coconut pie!) I love my family and friends! I have enjoyed being at home since not working. I'm here to see everyone off to school and to work, to prepare their breakfast and lunches, and to be here upon their return...That's pretty cool in my thoughts!!! (Words penned by Leigh Stannifer)

Oh, I loved her list and her thoughts. I too love almost all of those things except the part about scuba diving! I would like to add to her list...

I love the feel of my husband's touch and his look that assures me all is well with the world... I love the sound of laughter ringing from my children's lips...I enjoy cutting fresh flowers and the beauty of the farm... I enjoy when my older boys wrap their arms around me and tell me how much they love me... I enjoy when the youngest boy tells me that he will always be my little man...I enjoy hearing my daughter's ballet pointe shoes clicking on the floor and seeing her smile when she accomplishes her goal... I enjoy watching my kids interact with one another and enjoying the treasure of being in a large family... I enjoy the fog on the mountains and the sounds of the cows mooing... I enjoy a clean house and the smell of fresh baked bread and a well stocked pantry brimming with food that came from our own garden...I enjoy being with my husband and hearing him laugh and sharing my heart with him...

"What do enjoy?" is such a generic simple question, but oh the possibilities!!!! How about you...What do you enjoy?

grace and peace,
julie




4 comments:

Carmen C. said...

I enjoy alot of things! I enjoy candlemaking, soapmaking, crafting, reading. I enjoy spending time with friends and family and the furbabies .I enjoy the cool crisp air of fall and the changing leaves, the warmth of a fire on those cool nights. I also enjoy the peacefulness and quiet of winter, the whiteness of new fallen snow, and the beauty of the summer flowers too:)

Paige said...

A clean house, accomplished tasks, invigorating conversations, good "girl chats," having a nice dinner to welcome Dan home to, the simple satisfaction of home-making, inviting people to share around my table, playing in the dirt, quiet walks, the beauty of nature, a classic book, seeing the fruits of your labors, an early, quiet morning...

And, puppy chow--just got around to making some!

Mrs. Trixi said...

I loved this post. It is so good to really take note of all the blessings God has given!! Thank you for sharing.

TnFullQuiver said...

Ladies,
I appreciate your thoughts! Thanks for taking the time to share them.
grace and peace,
julie