Sunday, October 2, 2011

Good Gifts

I feel like if I don't talk really fast right now, I'm going to forget everything I wanted to say today!  Does that ever happen to you?  Ever since school began, we've been really taking the phrase, "Day of Rest" to heart, and Sundays have been heavenly!  Football games on the TV, small people curled up with good books, feet on the coffee table, quiet conversations, hot soup, and lots of hugs.  Weekend perfection and moment-by-moment good gifts. Also, I moved our snuggling chair into the middle of the living room, and I love it there!  I don't know why I never put it there before.  It's perfect in that space! 

I carved out some date time with my daughter this weekend, and the boys did their thing.  (We try to switch off kid dates every month, and it's always a fun time.)  Anyway, my daughter and I decided to hit up a store because I had a gift card there, and had been thinking about using it toward a pair of leggings.  Now... before I go any further, you must know, I've been against this skinny jean, leggings, and boots movement from the get go.  But not because I don't like it.... I've seen many a darling woman (or child) sporting the look... it's just that... well, I'll be honest, I'm a little self-conscious about anything that clings so closely to my legs.  I like to play up my better assets you know?  That said, I was thinking a pair of leggings would come in handy for underneath dresses, as the weather cools down.  What I didn't plan on, was my daughter adamantly convincing me to try on a long top and leggings from a clearance rack, and then kind of liking the look.  It's like I don't even know myself anymore.  I used my gift card and brought them home, then paired the look with a cardigan, scarf, and cowgirl boots from my closet, and my man gave me the green light of approval!! So now I own leggings.  Or rather jeggings- some weird material that looks like jeans, but feels like leggings.  Man are they comfortable... I'm not gonna lie.

Kinda making me rethink those pajamajeans.  Bwahahahaha! I kid. 

Also, weirdest thing ever.  We got a call from a realtor with a couple interested in our house.  Our house that's not on the market anymore-at all.  Our house that "faux" sold back in February.  Our house that remained ours, when the lady who put in the cash offer confessed she'd thought she'd won the publisher's clearing house sweepstakes and didn't have the cash after all.  Our house that saw everything boxed up and ready for moving vans, only to be unboxed, resettled, and off the market back in May.  When things come out of the woodwork like that, you have to pay attention... you can't dismiss... and yet, we still have zero clue as to what we are supposed to be doing.  Do we move closer to where my man is commuting or stay because the kids love school?  You don't even know the swirling stuff I'm not sharing...suffice it to say- lots of unknowns. Waiting... and knowing God only gives good gifts. 

When Ava and I were out having our girl date, she fell in love with a little bakery shop that worked perfectly with her calico critters.  We made the decision to skip hot apple cider, and use our remaining date cash on her bakery instead.  Watching her squeal with delight, and jump up and down to the parking lot was all the thanks I could ever need.  Just seeing her delight and joy in what I allowed her to have, made me feel like my heart was going to burst wide open.  I love giving my children things that delight them.  And I can't help but remember that Jesus has said the very same thing about us- his children- He loves giving us good things.  Believing that, soothes my questions as I look again at our future with unknowing eyes.  This is the adventure that has no end...
 
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"  Matthew 7:9-11

You can trust that heart of a Father, no matter what your unknown.  He always gives good gifts. 

22 comments:

  1. Wow, that's so weird about the realtor, for reasons I can't share here. You've got some thinkin' to do. Praying for clarity.

    Your weekends sound MAH-VA-LOUS!

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  2. Sasha,
    what, no pic of you with the new outfit? Haha...I kid.
    Love days out with the daughter. When I would do that with my daughter we would have so much fun. Even if meant just window shopping for a few hours. Time spent together was fun it and of itself.
    Love the flower pic. Have you ever participated in sweet shot Tuesday over at my3boybarians blog? Your pics rock!

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  3. you always make me think and think. it always makes me feel better and gives me a little more clarity. i love u for that.

    thanks.

    and even though my kids are 2/3 grown, i still love to treat them to something that will make them smile like your ava. it warms a mothers heart.

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  4. Wow, decisions, decisions. Don't you just wish the Lord would send down a certified letter sometimes so you knew exactly what to do? I know I do!

    Pajamajeans...come on...you know you want to! ; )

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  5. where's the picture of the outfit? i'm struggling with the skinny jeans/ leggings concept, too - but i so love the boot look!

    praying you hear the spirit for your next move.

    if you have a quick second, check out how my daughter made me tearful and speechless! http://justmeandmyhalo.blogspot.com/2011/10/tearful-and-speechless.html

    your posts are so peaceful!

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  6. oh thank you. thank you thank you thank you. you just don't know how your words refresh my soul.

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  7. No WAY! I'm thinking you definitely pay attention. I mean, that's a smack in the face kinda thing. God is so funny/bossy sometimes! ;) Love this post, Lady.

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  8. hmm... an interested couple outta the blue?? Makes you wonder, doesn't it?? And you don't even know yourself anymore?? I'm sure you look a.dor.a.ble in your leggings I mean jeggings and cowgirl boots!

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  9. so weird about that couple...hmmmm...i'll be praying God clears some of this up for you. hate that unknown, but somebody's got it all figured out for ya ;)

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  10. oooh i need to hear about the other things swirling about. and a call out of no where about your house. how crazy is that?? hmmmmmm...God works in mysterious ways. i'm telling you it always happens when you give up and decide to be happy anyway:) i need a date night with my girls. gotta get on that.

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  11. Sounds like we all want a pic of your hot outfit... The comfy part sounds inviting but at 5'0, they probably don't make them that short. Your kids are so cute. Thank you for the verse, I so need it for some hard things this week.
    PS About the arthritis in your back, I am trying this passive exercise machine to help with back pain and arthritis, if it works I'll let you know! Be Blessed!

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  12. Your verse and last sentence is what i needed more than you know. thank you for that encouragement. a blessing today for me.

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  13. Dates with our kidnicks is a highlight of my life...sounds as though yours was fantastic! I also think your Sundays sound pretty close to perfection. Have a great week, Sasha!

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  14. To begin with--I as not a fan of leggings or jeggings--now, I love the cold to wear them and dress them up all cute: ) Second, the couple might be God giving you a thud--I've been thinking a lot about gentle whispers and thuds lately. Doesn't make the deciding factor any easier...but I guess this is where faith leaps in and saves the day for us.
    Thank you for the prayers--I made it back to work but I'm still an anxious mess especially as the bell rings at the end of the period..I am still waiting for an appointment to see a therapist to "help" me--big decisions looming in my future too--after fifteen years of teaching I may be being led down a different road...time will tell, I guess.
    Blog Sugar was a faith based blogging conference in California--great speakers and a wonderful opportunity to meet people real life, face to face with hearts like ours. I'm hitting me mid upper thirties on Friday and so excited to see what God has planned for this future of mine: ) Always hopeful. . .

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  15. Great words of encouragement as I enter into a new phase of "unexpected" gifts. . .trying to trust God, knowing He is good, and working through the fear as He holds me!

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  16. Thank you so much for that verse in Matthew! It was what I needed to hear and such a blessing. We try so hard to keep the Lord as the center of our lives and trust that he knows what is best for our lives and will give us what we need....it gets hard sometimes and I know how you feel!

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  17. okay, so i totally had those calico critters when i was little;) prayers for your house and the Lord's direction friend...

    and i echo, where's the picture of the legging outfit! you know better...

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  18. I wanna see a cute picture of you in your new outfit! :-)

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  19. Okay I know that this is nuts but I need to know where oh where did you get the cute cupcake set? Is it Calico Critters too???...or some other brand. hugs, Margie

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  20. Margie, we found it at Target, and it's not Calico Critters, but it works with them. They had other sweet little rooms too, like a schoolhouse and a general store! Christmas wish lists are officially full. :)

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  21. Oh that good gifts thing is such a neat concept that God has been showing me over and over. How we LOVE to see our kids faces light up!! And how much MORE He loves to delight HIS children. Makes my heart all warm.

    I totally want to to see the new outfit. I am getting a grand collection of leggings, jeggings, and skinny jeans. LOVE them.

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  22. you are too cute....LOVE your date, can SO relate with seeing the joy in our children's eyes - and can't wait to hear about your house progress...!!! xoxo

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