Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beneath the Terebinth Tree

As our women's bible study group went through the story of Sarah in Genesis, I was struck by the words "Terebinth tree". It sounded like something mysterious and beautiful and I wondered if it had any significance to the story.

The Terebinth was an unusually tall oak-like tree that stood out in the landscape of Palestine, even used as landmarks for travelers. They are long-living and majestic in appearance, often used as a symbol of strength and durability. It was also a source of turpentine tapped from the trunk, for commercial and medicinal use.

Perhaps with all that Sarah had been through, all of the waiting, traveling and trials, the Terebinth near their campsite in Mamre was a comfort to her. Perhaps reminding her of God's strength and provision.

This is my imagining of that moment:

Beneath the Terebinth Tree

From dusty tent Sarai, head down,
walks slowly, seeking peace.
Touching bark reverently, gazing up
through branches broad, stretching heavenward.
Majestic, full of grace,
the tree is strong and steadfast as the Lord.

Thoughts roam back, find well-worn paths:
Even good men make foolish mistakes;
strength and youth of men fade away.
The tree endures, with powerful limbs protecting,
providing shelter.
What comfort to a woman travel weary, disillusioned.
Struggling, bitter against husband
whose dreams she follows,

Waiting for prophecy fulfilling
and aching to cease.
The tree is a soothing balm
for soul worn out, no tears
Regretful of rash decision,
jealous of another quickly blessed.
Heart sick from hope deferred.

Dare she believe?
Empty womb, alive and bearing
longed for son.
Sarah laughs, embarrassed and afraid.
God has heard, remembered, is faithful.
He speaks:
“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
Child of laughter arriving,
borne of promises and joy.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Berry Picking Bliss

We took a trip to the Berry Ranch yesterday and enjoyed a hayride and all the berries we could handle! Many of the berries will be divided up for delivery to our CSA customers. It's our first delivery of the season with so much leafy green goodness to enjoy: kale, head lettuce, rainbow swiss chard, spinach, turnips, and radishes!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Another Great Kitten Rescue

We don't need anymore cats, we don't need anymore cats, we don't need anymore cats...
Oh! Excuse me, just reciting my mantra for the week...

Yes we have rescued three more kittens who seem to have lost their mommy.

We'll try to give them away (any takers?) or get them fixed and make them our rough, tough, mouse-wrangling barn cats.

That is if Zach will allow it. He looooves the kitties. Especially the grey one he named Hot Rod. He plays, sings and dances with the kitties by the hour. Poor things. There is such a thing as too much love, I think.

We tentatively named the other two Peaches and Tiger.

Oh and news update on our Christmas kitty... ummm, gender mix-up, not a girl. Also no longer named Libby Cutie. He shall henceforth be named Mario. After Mario Kart Wii, that is.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


I have to brag a moment about the fruits of my labor!

Just imagine fresh picked cilantro in Vietnamese spring rolls.

Think spinach and mushrooms sauteed with basil & oregano (along with fresh ground pepper and a sprinkling of kosher salt).

Is your mouth watering yet?

Go ahead, try it! Plant that herb garden, even if you only have room on your windowsill.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Daisy Chain- Book Review

I recently reviewed the book Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth, on the Calvary Chapel Boise Women's Ministry website. If you're looking for summer reading check out the review here!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Kitchen Garden

This project brought joy to my heart! I love the perfect blend of beauty and functionality.

Now I can just walk right outside the door and pick some basil and oregano for spaghetti sauce.

Or sit a moment on our rustic bench and gaze at the mountains while enjoying the aroma of mint and lemon thyme.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Attitude Adjustment

I've been a little bit grumpy about farming this year.

More than a little.

May I whine for a moment?

I haven't felt like: getting dirty or sweaty; dealing with watery, sneezy allergies; trudging back up the field to retrieve the 100th thing my kids need or that I forgot.

I have wanted to do exactly as I please... read, write, watch movies, download itunes, in short, enjoy MY summer in MY way!

Hmmmm, where in all of this did I forget that life is not all about me?

I have a great husband who is working very hard and needs my help with our huge farm. Didn't we dream together of country life and sustainable living?

I have two awesome kids who just want to be WITH me, talk to me, "help" me all the time. Isn't this what I yearned for during those long years of infertility?

Yes, I worked hard during the school year. Yes, it was stressful. Yes, I need a break.

But most of all I need a break from me. Jesus poured all of himself out for me. Can I not do even half so much for those dearest to me? I am encouraged to serve, to love, to give. I need not grasp and hang on to my time so tightly. He will give me more than I need.