We decided to be spontaneous and go blueberry picking.
So train them well when they’re young…it’s so worth the hard work!
Now for the BEAUTY – $5 a GALLON!!!
Do you know how many blueberries fit in a gallon….
Do you know how much time it takes to pick a gallon…MORE!
Well, 5 minutes into our picking, the skies grew VERY dark.
No, that’s not a bad picture…it grew very scary.
Sheer bedlam, I tell you.
“Pick, Pick, Pick, as fast as you can,” I urged frantically.
It is NOT going to rain on my spontaneous parade.
Remember, it’s the simple things that are the big things…
A little thunder never hurt anyone.
Well, the Lord had other plans, and since I had a choice to let the ‘AH HA’ moment slip away, and have my beautifully spontaneous moment ruined, or find joy in the little things….
I CHOSE JOY!When is the last time you sang in the rain?
Forget singing in the rain…when is the last time that you danced in the rain?
We were already drenched, and so when we pulled in the driveway, I decided to have a blast in the downpour. It didn’t take much to convince 4/5 of my kids.
We twirled, and giggled and hugged!
OH MY…I can’t urge you enough to let loose.
Freedom at its finest.
I didn’t care about my hair, my clothes, my make-up, my weight…
just living LIFE to its fullest, and sharing it with my family.
I put the tank shirt on to paint, and threw on my PJ shorts since they are SO comfy.
I “knew” no one was going to see me blueberry picking, so what did I care?
Remember…it’s the little things that are the big things.
When my 13 year old ds glowed, “Mom, I am never going to forget this day,”
my momma heart melted.
Lord, you are so good to bring me beauty from bedlam.
I am passionately pursuing that balance,
and this was one of the best balancing acts ever!
I like your “mistreatments,” but I’m still afraid to do it myself. I desperatly need curtains though…
What a wonderful blueberry picking rainy day! You are a fantastic mom and your children will remember this forever–so glad you had your camera! And that scary sky!
Oh, and you can rock an extra 10 pounds girl! Why is it that our imperfections are so much more obvious to ourselves?
I am so proud of your mistreatments! My favorite is how you got the twiggy hearts and tore out the sticks that were in the way of hanging the fabric–you have no fear! What a loverly yellow wall and beautiful surroundings!
When I say you can rock an extra 10 pounds–that means that you can so carry it and hide it. did that make sense?
Hi Jen! I have loved reading your blog! It looks like you and your kids had tons of fun in the rain. I can’t wait to come back and see what you have next!
I saw your blog link in the OUAF email list.
I love your window mistreatment!
Mine only have blinds and I’ve been wondering what to do that won’t obstruct the view. And I love country design, so your twig hearts would be perfect.
If I can only get the nerve to go for it!
Jen, you make me smile! Are you going to FR b/c I really want to meet you. :o) I love that you chose joy! It’s so easy not to most days and the Lord is so faithful to work on that with me! Thank you for your beautiful post and am entirely envious of the blueberries :o) (my fav!)
Love the window! Yellow is such a happy place! Thanks so much for coming to visit the blog…I think we could be new best friends! LOVE that you loved the rain and never miss a good mudpuddle when I can avoid it!
hugs hugs hugs
Thanks for leaving a comment. I know someone who lives near their extended family with about 19 cousins … you don’t happen to have a brother with 9 children, some who have been adopted, do you?
The 1st step is the hardest step when it comes to mistreatments!
Now you’ll just go crazy!
I love picking berries, we were rained out last year too, but just in the nick of time!
Great mistreatment! What a good idea to use the twiggy things!
And the blueberry picking looks like a ball. We got stuck in a downpour a couple of weeks ago while taking a walk in the park. It was fun!
About the 9 kids, no, I don’t think it is the same one.
Living near family is such a blessing, though!
(Assuming you’ve got a great extended family)
We live next door to my family and it is GREAT!
Thanks for stopping by my blog today (or was it yesterday). Anyway, that blueberry picking looks like fun stuff. And singing in the rain – awesome. Kids love that kind of fun. What sweet memories!
thanks for the comment lovin on my blog. I love your expressions in your pictures of the rain. Truly enjoying the moment
Singing in the rain looks like fun.
Thank you for your compliments on my blog. You can read about my camera at the end of this post: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/2008/01/cast-of-characters.html
Isn’t this what life is all about and yet I find that too often I’m just too doggone busy to simply enjoy whatever comes my way, rain and all. You have inspired me greatly and what your son said…oh…somebody pass the tissues please!
Hey Jen – Thanks so much for commenting on my blog today! I just love meeting new bloggie friends!! 🙂
Hi Jen! You did have a super fantastic rainy day fun time like we did! I loved seeing this post! Thank you so much for taking the time to send me the link to it! You also are an amazing writer. I felt like I could ‘see’ your day of fun right through your words…if that even makes sense! I know what I mean but can’t seem to type it out right!!! I must need to get to bed… Hope you have a FAB weekend ahead! ~ Les
I’m so glad my BFF Kat found this post and linked to it today. I needed to hear its message again, particularly after the day Kiddo and I have had today.