there seems to be no good reason for me to have received the blessings of today that has provided this joy. i know that i don't deserve them, but none the less, they a have been provided. selah.
this morning was an early rise to what i thought was about 8 or so considering the amount of light coming in my window. however 6 is obviously the new 8...and even better, it was warm enough for tea, reading, and short-wearing on the back porch. the Lord does a work of art in our lives. as i read about His love and purpose for Elijah, it makes me more eager to live more faithfully and willingly and availably, so that He can be honored and others may know this unbelievably unconditional love.
as the day went on, much laughter, work, and conversation went down at 314 Maplewood. it may be hard to believe, but raleigh and i don't really get to spend a day together. often i forget how fun she is. mostly because it's discouraging to live with such an incredible student (and be the polar opposite.) however, today i was well reminded of the wonderful friendship we share.
also, change has been wanted, needed and gradually accomplished. when things stay the same i tend to get restless and it shows. considering something had to be done here are some fun changes of late:
1. change in seasons
2. enjoying a clothesline
3. finding a free push mower...a "divine send"...really
4. being able to bike home and seeing this
5. a little flower bed...and a garden to come.
the climax of the day, however, was celebrating the year of life given to Mandy and Dave (friends met through raleigh). Her name is Avery and she might sure be the most amazing depiction of the joy that God can bring to our lives. pictures will most likely be on their blog.
thank you for reading.