Everything is beautiful in its time Ecclesiastes 3:11
Life get’s all sorts of complicated doesn’t it.
Even with our best efforts, complications and chaos are business as usual more often than not. Yet they have a way of revealing what’s really important. They have a way of showing us how very little in the end we really control. We feel our smallness. We reach to God.
I’ve had a few of late – you too I’m sure – but through it I’ve noticed how much I’ve appreciated and enjoyed the simple and good things around me. See springs been turning on the charm despite me, revealing it’s treasures without me doing anything. The ground has burst on open with life and I have done none of it – it’s all a gift that too often I rush past.
A drive through the country – always beautiful but I wasn’t expecting this.
The canola blooms on mass layering the fields in the most amazing vibrant yellow.
Even my garden full of weeds is smiling, showing off her good side with bright red and yellow blooms that I don’t even remember planting.
And these perfectly formed lavender pink roses my neighbor brought me in from her garden that smell so beautiful when I lean in close.
A new garden bed along the side of my house – new plants growing up and taking shape in a spot that’s only ever grown weeds.
But after much clearing and levelling (a while back) and lots of setting my iphone timer to twenty minutes it’s now on the civilised side of “getting there”.
I’d have loved to say the kids and I had a beautiful time planning and building this little garden together but truly they couldn’t have cared less.
But these got their attention.
Spring chickens – we now have four baby Bantem Pekin chickens that are, as Ethan and Olivia tell me at least twenty times per day, “ soooooo cute”. We converted one of Ethans reptile cages by adding a feeder, waterer and heat lamp to give them a cosy place to grow till they’re ready to go into their big girl’s chicken coop.
We bought this:
But Ethan was dreaming of this:
A palatial barn red chicken coop with white detail. We compromised, bought a tin of paint (even though I vowed in a recent post never to buy another tin of paint) and here’s how it turned out.
Just simple pleasures – – – but I’m a big fan of simple.
When life gets complicated simple can bring a measure of the peace and rest we are longing for and help us sense His sweet and steady presence right with us.
All I know is that life is exponentially sweeter with grateful pauses, with rest, with the release that comes with being small and knowing the wild. Amber Haines
What are you enjoying at the moment. Does simple work for you?
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15 thoughts on “A Simple Kind of Wonderful”
again another great blog you are amazing at this blog thing
Thanks Hilary -always appreciate your lovely comments.
Tracey, I en joyed your beautiful spring pictures. Where are you again (that it’s springtime there while it’s fall here in Tennessee)? That chicken coop is the bomb!!!! 😊
Thank you so much – “the bomb” I like that. Here is in Australia about an hour and a half south of Sydney on the east coast.
The yellow and blue in those first few pictures is AMAZING. Truly beautiful. Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.
What lovely photos, they must have make you feel a lot better. Those spring country photos are just so beautiful. Like you say they are beautiful without help. Thanks for bringing beauty to the party.
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Thanks Kathleen – my pleasure – good to link up again.
Wonderful pictures and they did make feel peace and also joy! thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty
Thanks so much for coming by !!
Amazing photos, especially the top one. How do you blur the background but keep the foreground clear?
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Thanks Janice. I have to admit my photography is more good luck than good management at the moment. I just experiment a lot and keep taking shots till I get a winner but it’s something I’m always trying to improve on. All my photos are taken on my iPhone 6 and none of them really did that Canola justice – it was the most intense yellow. That first photo was sourced from http://www.panoramio.com/user/4333514 for that very reason – it was more real to life in colour than mine. The blurred background on my photos is achieved by focusing in closely on a a single subject which then makes the background blurred.
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Interesting. Thanks. I also use my iPhone, but I have a 5S.
I enjoyeed reading this
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Thank you. Its a post from way back but the sentiment still rings true. Appreciate you stopping by