I was forced to do a bit of thinking about this blog when I went through the migration to WordPress. I had to make a few decisions on how I wanted things set up, and why I wanted them that way. It was a very useful exercise, as I thought about what I was doing with this blog, and where did I want it go. There were all these things I wanted to do, but they cost money. I prayed about it, and basically, I felt God said “no.” I pouted for awhile. I do that. A lot. I have such dreams as a writer, and I felt these things would be helpful to me attaining my dreams.
Then the more I just sat there and gleaned encouragement from the Scripture as I was looking for some comfort, or a loophole, or something, I felt it impressed on my heart that I need to love the readers I have. I need to love the people in my life better, and deeper. The goal isn’t to grow huge, the goal is to love the people well who God puts in my life. Growth happens when it’s supposed to happen. It’s not forced in children, gardens, or blogs. If I make a difference in the life of one, it is worth it.
That includes you.
So I brainstormed a list of things that I could do for you, dear reader, to love you well. The letter project, is underway. That was my favorite of all the list. I plan to be working on that from now to the end of August. I was also thinking of pursing a few more giveaways, to just get you guys beautiful things. One of my love languages is gifts, and I like to give things away. I have this whole cute story about a grandma of mine who does this, but that’s for another post.
When I come across something beautiful, if I really like it, I’ll email the creator, and ask if they want to donate something to giveaway to my readers, in exchange for me introducing you to their shop. Now, I get asked to giveaway stuff that I know nothing about, and asked to review stuff that I have no interest in. I like keeping it simple. I just want to share things that I love. It keeps it less “commercial” and more just friends hanging out and saying, “Hey have you seen…?”
So with that introduction, have you seen the site Gracelaced? Sigh. It’s lovely. I want everything in her shop. Her blog is equally as beautiful and meaningful. Ruth does these gorgeous watercolors, and calligraphy. I asked her if she’d like to giveaway something garden-themed for this season, and I was actually surprised that she said “yes!” This is what she sweetly sent me to give to you:
I love the multi-colored carrots…which is a feat we’ve attempted 2 years, and failed. (We have seeds for orange, red, purple, and yellow carrots this year.) Our soil is too heavy. This year, though, this 3rd year will be the charm. I’ll have a real live carrot bunch like that, I know it. I hope.
This verse is largely written on the wall next to the back door in our house, though not nearly as pretty. It’s one of my favorite verses about family and education, and what “religion” should look like, and passing down traditions, and teaching someone to worship. There’s just so much beauty in that verse, and I love the idea of gardening being paired with it.
Parenting, of course, is very much like gardening. There is so much preparation. There is so much work. Sometimes it is moving so slow. Other times it changes every day. There are so many things that are sometimes out of your hands. The consistency of the weeds makes you curse everything.
Oh, but the harvest. The harvest is so sweet, and there’s literally nothing like it. Nothing tastes like it, nothing smells like it. The goodness overwhelms you sometimes.
Yes, the words and pictures match up just beautifully.
So whoever would love to win this gorgeous 8×10 print, you can do any of the categories in the Rafflecopter below. Rack up as many points as you can. And, I am actually giving it away. I won’t keep it. I won’t keep it. I. won’t. keep. it.
(Just reminding myself that this is not mine…)
Friday is the last day to enter, and the winners will be announced next Monday.
a Rafflecopter giveaway