Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sweet Peace and Blissfully Perfect

What would lure a girl into braving ticks, mosquitoes, deer flies, nettles, prickers, brambles and POISION IVY?

No, it wasn’t temporary insanity.


Okay, maybe partially.

I was desperate for a half hour of sweet silence spent picking these…


I wish you could have been with me, it was GORGEOUS day.  The sky was a brilliant blue full of puffy white summer clouds.  There was a steady breeze that made the branches of the trees rustle a comforting, mesmerizing cadence.  The birds filled the thickets where I was picking and kept me company with their various scoldings and flirtings.


It was just what I needed.  As I walked along the edge of the field searching for berries I took in deep breaths of fragrant air and I felt God’s calming hand on my heart.  The beauty of God’s earth never fails to calm my soul. 


Sanity restored.

This week has felt scattered.  Lauren was really sick Monday and Tuesday.  When she spiked a temperature of 104.2, Monday afternoon, I decided a visit to the doctor was in order. 

Thankfully by Wednesday she was perking around and I was able to begin catching up from the two days I took “off” to care for her.  It’s astounding how many weeds can grow in a garden in two days time and laundry…EEEK.

Plus it is the height of Black Raspberry season and their was and is jam to make. 

I think I am catching back up with all that needs to be done, now I if I can only tackle those extras I’d like to accomplish like window and curtain washing.  However, I suppose those can wait until another day (or year) because today it was

DSC_2545 Picnic-1picnic  picnic-2  picnic-3 Picnic-4picnin-5

Can you tell who the camera diva is?  She kept saying, “Take a picture of me, take a picture of me!”

What a camera hog!

As if the day wasn’t already blissfully perfect, when I came up to the house after berry picking, a package sat on my front deck.  I was trying to figure out what it was, because I hadn’t ordered anything. Then, I saw the word SURPRISE written on it.  I immediately new that inside that postal package was a handmade delight!

My friend Bevy had made me one of her amazingly, creative bags.

bagBevy, thank you so much!  Words cannot express how grateful I am to you for your friendship and generosity.  You have such a precious, loving spirit and I thank God that he arranged for us to meet through blogging.  You are a treasure.

If you’re in the market for a new bag check out Bevy’s Etsy site, you won’t be disappointed!

With all that said, I’m looking forward to this weekend.  I’m on a mission to accomplish much and have a great time hanging out with my kids and husband.

I have a feeling it’s going to be OUTSTANDING!


  1. ;) so fun talking to you this afternoon, too.

    Sorta like a picnic...;)

  2. In our neck of the woods it's copperheads and bear we brave! Do you have wineberries? They're just about read to pop open here. If you have wineberries, FIND THEM! They will beat the black caps 100 times over.

  3. Great post Jenn!
    All of our raspberries are gone.{frown}
    The blackberries are in though, but I am a big fan of raspberries. We did pick 2 quarts of blackberries last night. I am right there with you on your love for berry picking. I think I would suffer just about anything to get to a few tasty FREE berries!

    Cute photos of your picnic {beautiful children!}

    What a treasure it is to have good friends...CUTE bag from Bevy!

    thanks for sharing...GREAT Post!!!

  4. Great pictures. I love black raspberries too. We do not have very many of them here though. We do have blackberries and wineberries. Our wineberries are almost ready. YUM! Our blackberries are not ready until Aug. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  5. What beautiful family pictures! And your berries look so pretty and yummy. Way to endure for the prize!
    Hope your day is lovely.

  6. So glad you were able to "get away"! It was so sweet of Bevy to send you a bag. It's really cute!

  7. I see one darling little girl in these photos that is quite ham . . .

  8. Is there anything better than berries? Well, besides the cobblers that come of them. :)

    And your lil' camera ham very well should be in 'many' pictures. She's beautiful and we can see her personality shine right thru! Too sweet.

  9. You gotta brave the nasty bugs, etc for the perfect right?

    Beautiful photos as per usual :)

  10. Fun post Jenn! I *love* blackberries too...although ours do not ripen until August! :) Wonderful picnic photos and beautiful children! How lovely that bag by Bevy is...she is one talented girl.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  11. I can completely understand your enjoyment of getting out by yourself (well yourself & God) - sometimes I like to grab my camera & go for a walk for the same reasons - it's amazing how rejuvenating it is!
    That bag your friend made is gorgeous & I love your picnic pictures (my daughter also loves the camera).
    Enjoy your summer time

  12. Hey there!

    What a bunch of beautiful flowers you have!!! aka KIDS!

    Especially that little diva! She is growing into quite the beauty!

    I would love some of that fresh jam..need to learn to do this stuff but first I need to find the time ;)

    I'm back in the bloggers loop so come by and visit me!!

    Boy I've missed blogging and I've missed you too!!!



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