What’s on my heart: July 1

Today begins a new month. There is much on my heart, as always. I will keep it brief tonight.

  • I dreamed last night that I was getting married and my father was walking me down the aisle. It has left me unsettled and anxious, to be honest. I love my father. The relationship that we have has come from much effort and much grace on both our parts. But the idea of him walking me down the aisle is–to this day–both my greatest desire and my greatest fear. Hence, it has left me unsettled.
  • My potatoes don’t appear to be growing. Yet. I know I need to be patience, but really–I’m eager to see some signs of growth. The raspberries and blueberries, on the other hand, appear to be doing well this year.
  • I continue to receive hits on this blog from folks searching for a definition of Collective Salvation, as well as one or two hits from those who have criticized what I’ve had to say about it. It amazes me. I’ve written about it twice. Apparently, this idea is still very present in peoples’ minds.
  • My intent is to journey south in a few weekends for a Family Reunion. I am very excited about visiting with my Aunts, whom I haven’t seen since my Grandma died a few summers ago. I suppose it is time to start thinking of questions to ask folks at the Reunion! I am in no way prepared for this shindig. But I will be!
  • I begin a new job a week from tomorrow. I have very conflicting emotions about this transition, but I’ve no doubt that God is leading me out of my current work situation. I have loved it in many regards, but it’s time. We are headed in different directions, Fountain and I. My new endeavor is not a big company; it’s a small, local partnership. There are advantages and disadvantages of both, but I will be honest with you: I am really looking forward to having a weekend. Every weekend. This will allow a stability to my life (I think) that Fountain couldn’t. And…I think I will sleep better at night.
  • Well. I didn’t get out to pick strawberries. And it seems…the pickings have been slim this year (quite literally, I’m afraid). Bummer! But…we still have lots of berries frozen from last year! I pulled some out today to thaw, and I’m going to try this recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Muffins. Woot! I’ll let you know how they turn out. 🙂
  • I have two outfits completed for PollyEsther’s doll for her birthday. I am hoping to have another one, at least. I’m looking for a box that will fit the doll and outfits in it. I’m excited. I think Polly will like this gift!
  • I need to work on pacing.
  • Gabby Douglas! What a gal.  I really like her. Yo.
  • Sorry. Pacing. I need to work on pacing, both in my writing and in my life. I am too impatient. I don’t like to hide things away and let them brew. I need to. I need to leave some things alone and let it play out naturally, instead of forcing some sort of revelation. Give it time, Sar!
  • Bonnie wants me to buy a bicycle and go riding with her. What do you think?

That’s all I have for today, folks. I pray that you are blessed and finding fun ways to spend your summer!

Pax Christi.


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5 Responses to What’s on my heart: July 1

  1. Steve Ward says:

    Hi Sarah,

    First, I want to apologize for the quality of my comment on your June 24th blog. I re-read it, and, frankly, it doesn’t look or sound like me. (Maybe it was “Frank Lee” 😉 Long story, though.

    I think getting a bicycle is a great idea. In my younger days, I rode my ten-speed all over the place. It’s great physical exercise and very aerobic. Quick note: Get a comfortable seat.

    Your potatoes are probably fine…after all, you do have some Irish ancestry. I’ve always heard that you plant them with their eyes up “so the sprouts can see where they are going”. There may actually be something behind this, since they would be pointed in the direction where some daylight might still manage to get through the soil. My theory is that if the eyes are pointing downward, they won’t grow because they’re afraid of the dark. (Sorry, bad joke!)

    You mentioned traveling south for a family reunion in a couple of weeks. Strangely enough, our Chinese Family Camp is July 22nd to the 29th at Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana. This is about thirty or so miles below South Bend, Indiana- the former home of the Studebaker Automobile Company. (Sorry, I like cars and antiques). If you wanted to meet, we could try that. You may also be able to preview my ugly mug (WARNING: This may be hazardous to flat screens!) on their website: http://www.giantbrain.com/fc/index.html where there should be pictures of the individual families. There is also a link to a youtube video of me playing piano quite badly. I hope to improve some for this year’s camp. I was sort of elected to be the camp pianist, which is rather weird since there are several accomplished pianists among the camp. Go figure.

    Well, I best be going now. Shalom!!!


    • semmie says:

      Hey Steve–no apology necessary on your part. If anyone should apologize, it’s me; I meant to reply, but I’ve been so preoccupied that I forgot!

      I am only home for a moment right now on my lunch break; I will come back and reply to both comments this evening. 🙂


    • semmie says:

      Hello again, Steve.

      I’m sorry for not replying to your posts the other night. I really am…scatterbrained. Heh.

      I hope you’re right about my potatoes. I’ve never heard anything about the eyes (though I haven’t had many conversations about growing potatoes), but it makes sense to me! LOL @ afraid of the dark!

      I do think I’m going to buy a bicycle. It’s been a long time since I’ve ridden, though, so I’m hoping the old adage is accurate, and it’s “like riding a bike.”

      I checked your link and after some digging, I did find what appeared to be your family photo. You have a lovely family, Steve! I am not certain about the family reunion, though I do want (and am planning) to go. I would love to meet you (and your family) sometime; however, I honestly don’t think I can afford to drive the extra miles (not to mention, I don’t think I’ll have time to drive the extra miles).


      • Steve Ward says:

        Hi Sarah,

        That’s alright. maybe some other opportunity may arise later. For us, it’s the furthest north that we have gone as a family. Wishing you well on the new job.!



        • semmie says:

          Steve, I would love to tuck this into the back of my brain. If your family does this every year, perhaps I can plan on taking some extra time next year? Who knows! 🙂

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