…was the best day!

So a few weeks back, on Sunday Sentiments, I brought you an unexpected bloom amongst the household here in Emmaus, PA. 🙂

Yes, by default/accidently-on purpose I ended up with a small pumpkin patch at the edge of my patio — yes literally the edge :-).

So the past few weeks have gone on and I have watched this little patch turn into an amazing vine. This vine is thick with rough prickly, stalks, plump pumpkin buds and curly vines for just that added touch. We really just thought that we’d see some pumpkins around the end of August or so but we ended up with triplets and now quads, it seems — whatever the case we definately have multiples, pumpkins that is.

Pumpkin bulb or bud. You can see the withered flower on top.

I was so suprised to have seen these ‘squash’ blossom at all . It is so amazing just to see something blossom and grow with little care or help from me or anyone. A refreshing shower is nice too and I think the heat has parched this vine a bit. But these plump little pumpkins are still going strong. And this past week, even more unexpectedly, as I check them each day – I saw an amazing growth spurt as I pulled back the massive leaves protecting these little cuties. 🙂

The "twins" they like to 'sit' together.

This “so small” and “insignificant” event in my life is amazing to me. As I go on each day I see more and more of God’s hand in those small things that we/I/you can take for granted. It is a big world out there, and it is a “small” world at times too. God is too big to fit into our small, meager lives – but He holds our entire world in His mighty hand. He shows us His grace, love and miracles in the small things. God is never too far from our grasp and we are never out of His. As I leave you with this stage of the ‘pumpkin developments’ never forget the hand that crafted the smallest of natures creations.

Looks like we are ready for "quads" plus...

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
God made them, high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day;–

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
~Cecil Frances Alexander

I suppose that some, may be wondering what all this fuss is about with this plant/vine growing in my yard.

Okay, so it is growing in this side yard thing, not the back yard and we live on a corner so all the passers-by will see it (them) eventually. I know this will be a scattered post — because it makes me think of two things. The unexpected and God. Which could be one in the same if you think about it. Like the saying, I heard recently, ‘a coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous’.

Unexpected and Forgotten
So I have two real loves cake decorating and children’s literature. Well now doesn’t that just make me super-fun the cake lady, preschool teacher, children’s author hopeful. I guess. Anyway months and month ago. I had these two pumpkins sitting out on the driveway for fall, Halloween – dare I say it yes for Halloween. I came home to find it had been smashed all over the street. So I threw it in the yard. Now I did this because I had read it in a children’s book of mine, Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White. I literally forgot about it, until…….

Later on in May, as the heat wafted into the valley. The grass and green weeds started to grow wildly. I noticed something strange in the corner of the yard. Wondering what it was, I zeroed in for a closer look. As I got closer…I looked with wonder. Wondering….hmmm???? Is that the….no way not possible. I could hear my mother’s words from 6 months earlier, “That will never grow, it has to be planted to root properly.” And all I did was cover it with leaves. And here we have what looks like the beginnings of a pumpkin patch.  I mean this was literally unexpected and forgotten about. I never expected this to turn into anything at all. I can remember as a kid the dozens of apple cores and seeds I planted in the back yard. No trees yet—that I know of — I mean come on I am an adult following the advice of a kids’ book. Really? Well anyway we’ll have to see where this patch goes. Will we have pumpkins or not? Only God knows….which brings me to my next point.

Now, I did nothing. I repeat nothing (besides throwing some leaves over a smashed pumpkin) to entice this vine to grow. I mean I am no farmer and we aren’t exactly in the country setting. And this is far, far from The Pumpkin Patch Parable. But this is very unexpected and now I am wondering what should I do? I tend to it, water it and monitor it’s progress. I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake so we will see what happens here. But the point is that this majestic vine grew on its own – by God’s hand. I mean I just threw it there, in the hopes that it would maybe root and a pumpkin would grow, and I forgot about it until the green shoots made their presence known. Something unexpected and great has graced my path. It may seem like small beans or squash, if you will, but this is one big plant vine. I mean pumpkins are not small. I wanted pumpkins and God provided pumpkins. God is the true vine and we are the branches. John 15: 1-11

So for this summer we get to enjoy this “BLOSSOMING” vine of nature, enjoy its lush green leaves and bright orange-yellow flowers. As this season continues on we will soon see the ‘fruits’ of this vine grow into nourishment for the body and until then I can rest assured that God’s hand is there to nourish my soul. I know I am blessed (I know I don’t often feel that way, sometimes I often feel cheated out of some of life’s better gifts, talents, and things). I know and see and give all the credit to God for the beauty that surrounds me. I would like to hope that I can some how add to it…

Simple joy, simple treasures

Okay so life has been just too serious and too stressful as of late. Details are really not necessary just know that life, as we know it, can get in the way of our joy and our graces. Previously, I talked about how the winter seasons and life’s quirky situations leave us feeling lost and weary – Springs bright colors and new life brings the joy and hope back into our lives. And our God does NOT forget about us, but shows us how to be at peace and joyful. I thought after all the stresses of the past weeks it was time for a fun post about a great day of simple fun with friends :-).

Simple Joy
So my friends Amy and Sarah and I, decided to head to the local Emmaus Book Sale. We weren’t expecting an overly fun filled day but were looking for some time away from tasks, chores and “life”. The first thing we hopped upon were the flowers outside of the LMMS (Lower Macungie Middle School). We were probable the only ones who stopped to “smell the roses” or look at the tulips – but they were so bright red and attractive to the eye and why not enjoy them. Besides, Steve, gave me this awesome camera for Christmas and why not photograph the things I see – capture the moments, laugh, reminisce and (blog :-))

Simple Pleasures
So we headed into the book sale, not too sure what we’d expect – I mean a lot of kids and books I guess. See the Friends of the Emmaus Public Library was having a book sale. So we headed in to see what we could find. Well we discovered that not only did they have some great books on sale but some awesome nutritious lunches, snacks and beverages.  We browsed around a bit, gathered together, laughed, ate, drank and were, “merry”. I was even more merry at the sight of the bean bag veggies and the Veggie Toss Game. I am a (former and hopefully again) preschool teacher so I love kids games, books and fun. 

Simple Treasures
In any event, were totally psyched about the neat event that was put together. We were able to find a few cool books, a pizza lunch, refreshing iced tea, ice pops, ice cream and snacks – I even scored a sample of thie awesome chicken corn soup and the recipe. After which I played and lost the veggie bean bag toss game and entered a “BASKET RAFFLE” maybe one of us will win. But all in all the afternoon was a great get away. Laughter and friends some great prizes and snacks.

No one was worried about the stresses of our life outside of the book sale. No one was worried about the stack of mail waiting on the desk back at home, no one was worried about the challenges that awaited us after. No. No God allowed us these simple moments of peace, joy and harmony. He allowed us the opportunity to gain a bit of ourselves back in this crazy turmoil that has been tearing away at our joyful souls. We basked in his beauty of nature, his fellowship, community and allowed us to be kids again…

A photo opp. with foodie friends :-)

A photo opp. with foodie friends 🙂