"Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
~Psalm 127:1

November 29, 2013

What I Learned In November

Linking up to share some things I learned in November.  This month went super fast!!

1.  I love learning to use my "new" dslr camera.  I've had a little more time these past 2 months to play around with it and take pictures outside.  I love to take photos!  A lot of my subjects are animals, not many of people.

2.  God is faithful to supply for our needs... and sometimes I don't know that something was a need until it was fulfilled.

3.  It is refreshing for me to just write in my journal.  I can really be myself and I don't have to worry about saying the right things or saying things in the right way.

4.  I need to keep pouring myself out, but I also need to learn how to refuel from God, in a timely manner.

5.  It is easier for me to open up around strangers, to be brave around people I don't know and who don't know me, than it is for me to be open and vulnerable with people I am around frequently.

6.  When other women are real and vulnerable and open, it makes me want to be the same.

7.  New things, even when they are longed for, expected, they make me very nervous.  If it is something that I have never experienced, I feel pretty terrified about it.

8.  I am easily overwhelmed by noise and activity and I need quiet and space to relax after a lot of chaos.  But I can't live entirely in silence and solitude.  I long for deep, relational interactions.

9.  Being a farmer means that 9 times out of 10, when you are trying to get somewhere you are running late.  No matter how early you may get up, and plan ahead, something unexpected on the farm seems to pop up when we try to leave the house.  And everywhere we go, my hair is usually wet because I just showered 10 minutes before we ran out the door.  Frowny face.

November 2, 2013

What I Learned In October

I'm just going to post this and not wait for any link-up.  I think learning is important, and even if I write nothing else on my blog for a while, I will continue to record the things that I learn every month and post them (hopefully, I will be back to writing on here soon though!).

1.  You can pound the color out of leaves!  Thank you Pinterest!  It didn't turn out that well.  I found out that you want "fresh" leaves, ones that haven't been on the ground for a while.

2.  It is a hard thing to write every day, but I can do it.  I just need to take paper and pen everywhere I go so I can write down my thoughts when inspiration comes.  I have words to write, I just sometimes forget those words before they ever hit paper.

3.  I can absolutely work ahead and write more than one post at a time!  In school, I was a procrastinator, but for this challenge I stayed ahead of myself for most of the time.

4.  Every time I type the word "soul,"  it comes out as "sould."

5.  I wiggle my toes (if I don't have shoes on) while praying before a meal, but only if we're holding hands.  I think it's because my hands shake sometimes (or I think my fingers twitch), so I think if I am moving another body part they don't shake as much.  I don't know if that's true or not though.  But I finally noticed that I was doing it.  Weird!

6.  My puppy likes to eat tomatoes and apples.

7.  I never realized how unpeaceful David's life was.  He spent the first part of his life running from King Saul.  Then he became king, but only ruled one part of the kingdom for 7 years before the other part of the kingdom accepted him as their king after their leader had died.  Then he fought a whole bunch of wars.  And then he was on the run from one of his own sons for a while.  It is no wonder he wrote so many of the psalms.  Things like that seem to come out of uncertainty and times of absolute need to rely on God (which should be all the time).

8.  I get so excited about things sometimes that I can think more about the gift than about the Giver.

9.  If a horse has a white face, the owners will sometimes dye black around the horses eyes, like eye liner.  If they don't, the horse is more susceptible to get cancer in the skin around their eyes.  Veterinarians know the most interesting things!