I had such beautiful weather and the fading chlorophyll was stunning. I ventured back to Mary the Font Solitude (Sisters of Mercy). One of the hardest parts of this is falling asleep alone, in a strange place without adequate locks.
It takes Faith for me to lie here like this. In quiet. In darkness.
I know when i wake in the shining light of day
I will be relieved that i made it through the dark night.
Spicebush Berries on an Old Fungi Log
Giant Walking Stick Strikes a Pose
Except for the noisy crows, i noticed all life after several hours of watchful quiet. No one alerted me of their presence. They moved under leaves. Even a wasp's near-death experience with a quick spider didn't warrant screams or threats. Instead he shuffled along. Probably to make babies and die. In my daily reading today, Oswald Chambers says this: "All God's men are ordinary made extraordinary by the matter He has given them." Sometimes the most extraordinary (and obedient) thing we can do is wait. Be patient not hasty quiet still wait....not a natural skill of mine. But one i think nature teaches beautifully.
I love this park so much! I cannot imagine living in a city without a great expanse of green space nearby. While we wandered through the wetlands, it seemed as though the migratory birds already left for warmer destinations. Maybe they were hiding from us... Do they all leave at different times? I will check wikipedia right now.
This weed is rampant in the vacant lot next-door. It is also very beautiful. It hues the whole yard pink.
Justin hasn't gotten a "job" yet. But has a very good opportunity and potential with a former customer at Mwanzi Green Building in Benton Park West. Justin is the account rep for eastern MO at Greenhaus Cabinets. The cabinets are beautiful and good for the earth. They are affordable and locally made. If you want new cabinets you cannot get much better than this.
Justin's company recently laid off 30 employees. Justin was one of them. Of course it came at a terrible time. I can't imagine many scenarios when it came at just the perfect time. (Melissa?) Last week was unusual...flat tires,throwing up/diarrhea kids, interventions, emotional arguments, death, job loss.
I am not afraid of storms,
for I am learning how to sail my ship. -Louisa May Alcott
Although it is a stretch to claim I am unafraid, God has brought us through many difficulties. Faith continues to grow.
Justin took the kids for a last-minute trip to the cabin. Our friends, Eric and Shirley, had a jam session with other musicians and family on their property. They had a wonderful time. I did too. I had a prior commitment and was unable to go. The unexpected solitude was a gift