This week gratitude started like the podding of peas.
One by one little blessings appearing beneath broken shells. Opened shells.
Bright green sweetness popping in little mouths.
And a mad scrambling under a tent, peas and all, when the sudden afternoon rain shower blew over!
Yesterday, thankfulness was a birthday cake for Daddy, that was meant to be blue but ended up green because you made the icing with yellow butter cream :) (It was even more delicious)
Then two hours alone with Tani on his birthday.
Talking, opening up, sharing, shedding shells, becoming real, vulnerable, making deeper connections, walking, laughing over silly jokes that make no sense to anyone else but us.
Remembering when we first met all those years ago!
How did all this happen four girls and this!
All within what seems to be a heartbeat of a time?
Slowly, steadily with His hand the opening of the protective shell we've built around our lives, our family, so to share more, give more, bring in more, abundantly, the seeds of His own harvest, not ours only.
Recognising deep within my soul that God brought me and him together from the very beginning.
How, really we are the missing pieces of each other.
Two halves of a pod around four little peas!
How I love him for his heart, his courage, his honor and honesty, his childlike spirit,
his creative mind, the sacrifices he makes for us, some little, some very big, all given as gifts, the love he has for us, the ways he shows it in small ways and big ways every day.
Then the unveiling of beauty.
As summer fades seamlessly into the velvet hems of autumn.
That drape like an endless evening.
The golden, dappled light of late August. pools around and swells my heart with thankfulness.
If I could swim in the light of an autumn sunset!
Indigo blots on white linen, amethyst storm clouds set in platinum sunlight.
The flush of sudden rain. The sparkling emerald leaves, when the shower is over.
Little apples fresh picked from the branch, red as little sun blanched cheeks, bitter sweet delicious to taste.
Pots of jam, plum and damson berry. Shades of Autumn, bottled, fragrant, concentrated.
Perfect spread thickly on warm crusts.
Warm cups of tea beside a basket of knitting on a quiet evening of early bedtimes after a busy, blustery, outdoorsy day.
Trusting in God in the letting go.
As one season moves toward another.