A little whimsical…

I know I claimed that this post would be about antique finds, but I lied. It will be some antique finds, and also just some things I really liked at the shops we visited while in Lincoln City (and Depoe Bay). First up, hand blown glass pieces…

I love how vivid the colors are

I thought these were also incredible

If I were the witch in "Snow White," I would have utilized these beauties

How adorable would this be in a children's room (on a very high shelf)?

These looked very fragile to me

Which of these is your favorite?

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respite at the beach

I’ve been at the beach for a few days, therefore, no posting. It was nice to be detached from the computer for a while. I thought I’d use today’s post to share some beautiful scenery…just a chance to appreciate what God made for us!

The ocean reminds me of how big God is

a rainbow that we chased

White kale?

The most beautiful sunset we saw

the view from a restaurant in Depoe Bay

Coming up next: Antique Finds

stop and smell the tea

Busy. Overwhelmed. Errands. Rushing. These words pretty well describe the American way of life for most people. We are always moving on to the next thing, having hardly tasted the moment we were just in. Our lives are a buffet—a little of this, a little of that, and hardly enough time to focus on any one thing. We want to have it all and do it all. We have dabbled in a million things and focused on nothing.

I’ve heard people say that compared to other countries, America is a very task-oriented society, workaholics married to fast-paced careers and fast-paced lives. If spouses get in the way of our “dreams,” the spouses go. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Case in point: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The woman in the book “self-actualizes” and leaves her husband to go pursue her “dreams.” [There were some good things about that book, but that is not one of them.]

I’ve been listening to bits and snippets of the book, “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson, and this section caught my ear:

“Haji Ali spoke. ‘If you want to thrive in Baltistan, you must respect our ways. The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die. Doctor Greg, you must take time to share three cups of tea. We may be uneducated but we are not stupid. We have lived and survived here for a long time.’ That day, Haji Ali taught me the most important lesson I’ve ever learned in my life. We Americans think you have to accomplish everything quickly. We’re the country of thirty-minute power lunches and two-minute football drills. Haji Ali taught me to share three cups of tea, to slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects. He taught me that I had more to learn from the people I work with than I could ever hope to teach them.”

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What a concept! “Make building relationships as important as building projects.”

Let me be the first to claim guilt here. I let my desire to clean the house rule my attitude around my husband. I pack my day full of activity, and make no intentional time for relationships. I give up on relationships when they don’t happen as quickly as I would like. I don’t take the time. I don’t “share three cups of tea.”

Slow down. Make time. Learn from others.

To some degree, our lives must be “full.” We work, we take care of our families, we rest. But imagine if instead of turning down opportunities to be with people, we could say, “I have the time.” Or at least would say, “I will make the time.”

God is not more glorified when I cleanthekitchenmakethebedrunerrandsgettheoilchangedmakedinnergogroceryshopping as opposed to if I took the entire afternoon and spent it with another person. My busyness does not make Him look more favorably on me.

Make time. Share “three cups of tea.”

on joining the DIY cult

Which is otherwise known as Etsy. I’ve joined the masses–on trial at least. I’ve enjoyed looking at a few Etsy shops recently, and finally decided to create my own shop as an experiment. My experiment was primarily motivated by my desire to find a home for this darling elephant. And yes, this post really is bordering on shameless self-promotion. 🙂

For those of you who are familiar with Etsy, I have a couple questions and I would love to hear from you!

1) If you sell things on Etsy, how successful have you been?

2) Have you purchased items on Etsy? How did you feel about your experience?

a great disturbance

It’s been hard to even think of writing anything, because everything I could write of so pales in significance against the tragedy of the tsunami in Japan. Even now, words seem to fail me. We must all go on living of course, but in some ways, it feels like time stands still, like just for a little while, the small irritations/problems of life seem hardly worth mentioning. I’m not writing to preach “fire and brimstone” or to say that the second coming is here, but these events have been sobering.

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

“Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”

Now our call to action just a few verses down:

“You are all sons of the light and sons of the day…Since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess. 5:5, 8, 9)

We belong to the day–because the future is uncertain.