Lavender and Life…

“Ladies fair, I bring to you

lavender with spikes of blue;

sweeter plant was never found

growing on our English ground.”

Caryl Battersby

Appropriate quote as we end the Olympics in London. I wasn’t able to make it to the lavender festival this year but I do have 3 lavender bushes in my yard. I finally went out and cut some to enjoy inside. We never know what a day holds let alone a year. We make plans and then we wait and see what the Lord’s will is.

This photo was taken at the Sequim Lavender Festival in 2010

Our son Josh directed a junior high camp this past week at Lakeside Bible Camp. He came home from camp on Saturday. On Sunday we were able to have dinner with Josh and Laura and it was good to get the first hand report on how the week went. Such a fragile time for youth in this age group. It’s great to hear good reports about these junior highers and the help they got in their struggles.

I’m looking at making plans to fly to Southern California in September to visit my folks and see as many loved ones as I can. I’m learning more and more that we make plans but we can’t hold on to those plans too tightly. I’m getting more flexible in my older years and learning to go with the flow of life. We had a weekend filled with real good news and very sad news. That’s life isn’t it? Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. We have been rejoicing and mourning.

Hope that you are finding joy in the midst of life!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

7 thoughts on “Lavender and Life…

  1. The gentle advice you give about making plans then not holding on to them too tightly is exceptionally good. It’s good when we are young and are much more disappointed by plans falling through and especially good as we grow older because we have learned by now that God often has a different plan.

    I also think that the end of the Olympics in London must leave many with that letdown feeling. It’s not all bad because they just can not carry on that way forever, still it is that the play is over sort of feeling… A little death.

    Comfort to you and yours as you have learned of this sad news…

  2. Ellen, it is so true the older we get the more flexible we must become! When my Mother entered her elderly years I learned to take each good day I had with her with gratitude as I knew they would not last for ever. As I see myself aging I now prioritize my day a little better to make sure I stay healthy by always making time for exercise and filling each day with something joyful.

    I’m sorry you received sad news…hope all will be well! {{ hugs}}

  3. Sad news is difficult to receive but I am glad that you are finding joy as well. Often they seem to be two sides of the same coin, and it does seem as we grow older this becomes more and more clear and we learn to take the moments as they come and be present in them as fully as we can, with our loved ones and friends….blessings to you and your family.

    BTW your first photo with the vase of lavender is so beautiful in its simplicity.

  4. God never promised we would not suffer, but He did promise that after a night of suffering, joy would come in the morning! I am glad your friends and family have you to rejoice and mourn with. I’m sure you are a blessing to them all!

  5. Glad to hear of your updates, Ellen! Been praying for your Mom – will be praying that you have a nice time with your family in CA. Godspeed!

    p.s. I did receive your email – will respond to that later.

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