Thursday, February 3, 2011

Traces of Summer

Sunday Afternoon on the Back Porch

This old house has been a refuge for so many people over the years. I love it when my kids come home. Especially in the summer time. My daughter and son-in-law like to take time out of their busy lives to relax on the back porch with their dog. Porch sitting has been a family tradition in this family for many years. We live in a world of instant gratification.  Fast food, instant messaging and texting are changing our way of life. I for one will do everything I can to keep porch sitting a tradition that lives on in this family.

My mother enjoys a moment with nature

Slow down you move too fast, got to make the morning last.  I've been humming that song all day. In this fast paced world that we live in, it's easy to forget how life used to be before cell phones, instant messaging and television.  My grandparents wouldn't have known the first thing about using a computer or texting.  When ever we came to visit Grandma she would say, "You people are always in a hurry! Come and find a seat."


My family enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

My Brother and Uncle Albert

My neices, the melon heads.

Jim Brown and my husband Jeff
Don't miss the life your dreaming of when it's right under your nose. We weren't designed to live at such a chaotic pace. Even Jesus took time to get away from the crowds of people that followed him. He knew where His strength came from. I have a little quote posted in my art studio.
"7 days without prayer makes one weak." I'll be the first to admit that I get into a routine that doesn't include prayer time. Even the good things in life can crowd out our good intentions. A book titled "The Tyranny of the Urgent" talks about how we shouldn't allow interruptions to dictate what we do all day. Just because the cell phone rings doesn't mean we have to drop what we're doing to answer it.

 I'm sure my Great Grandfather who lived in this same house many years ago spent many hours cutting down trees and chopping wood to keep his family warm. What would he say if I showed him a remote to light a fire place? And Grandma spent many days during the summer tending a garden and canning. I admire people who can nurture a garden. My first attempt at gardening was pitiful. I should have paid more attention to my Grandma.

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