Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Law of the Harvest

"For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7

I love the Law of the Harvest. I'm a true believer that when you put forth good works that good will be returned to you. That's not so say that bad things never happen to good people, but in general I have found that you truly reap what you sow. I've been thinking a lot about this lately and I'm sure that it has something to do with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. This past week my husband and I had an experience with one of our children, College Girl, that really brought this point home. Without getting too personal or going into a lot of detail, here is a little of what transpired.

Our daughter has a friend who has been going through some personal stuggles, many which stem from her family environment. College Girl really wanted to help her friend, but wasn't sure what she could do. She called and talked to her dad about the situtation and her dad's advice was to be prayerful and to spend some time pondering how she could help. A day or two later they were talking again about the situation and then my husband asked College Girl if she had decided how she could best help her friend. What happened next was one of those "parental pay days". Our daughter told my husband that she knew what she should do because she had watched our example while growing up. She listed several accounts of when we had helped some of her friends over the years, many of which we had forgotten. We truly felt humbled.

It feels so wonderful to watch your children grow up and make good choices. It gives hope in a time when the world is filled with troubles. This was also a good lesson to me that my children are following my example...for good and for bad. Now that's a wake up call!

I heart you, College Girl! You make me so proud.

Along the same line...

I've been wanting to share this with you for a long time, but have never had my camera with me at the right time.

Every morning when I drive Blondie and her friends to school I pass this little stand along side the road. The area is a little more rural and there are several orchards and large gardens. In the summertime the shelves are lined with excess produce that is free for the taking. Last week there were three large pumpkins waiting to be taken home. They're all gone now.

On each side of the stand there are these signs...

Simple rules, don't you think? I don't know who built the stand or who maintains it, but I love the feeling that I get every morning when I drive by. It makes me feel part of a bigger communinty who cares for one another.

And on a completely unrelated subject, except that it has something to do with Thanksgiving...

Don't you just love this turkey? I know, I's totally kitsch, but there it sits on top of the piano for all who enter my home to see. My mom had one just like it when I was growing up and when I saw it in Target last fall I just had to get it for myself. Did you, too, have one in your home when you were growing up?


  1. My mom had-- and stills has 2 turkey candles...Mandatory at all NOvember meals. Good memories.

  2. I have a turkey like that!!!! :D Well, maybe not JUST like that as mine is all tattered and faded...but oh so full of years of Thanksgiving memories...and I love him as much today as I did WAY BACK when I bought him! :D

  3. Yes, we had one of those when I was growing up. I would love to find one. Now that I know that they are still around, I will be on the lookout for them. Brings back memories of a simpler time.

  4. There is nothing that can warm your heart quicker than knowing your kids have grown into the people we always hoped they would *s*

    Our neighbor had the paper turkey and I always wanted one so very badly *s*

  5. Very nice lesson you have today, Kairle. Yes, it is heart warming to learn our children are doing things that we didn't know we taught them.

    Sure glad you finally got rid of Halloween!!!

    What a nice thing the neighbhood is doing with that stand.Looks like someone mainntains it well.

    No we never had a turkey like that. I did live on a turkey farm for a few months. Mom cooked for the workers. What a job. Ever been in a whole field of noisey turkeys gobbeing?

  6. Okay... so much for the sappy stuff! I want to know what bad habits she's picked up from you. LOL ;-)

    Seriously, it's moments like that, that make parenthood a fulfilling job.

    Nice neighborhood too. Around here, with a sign that says "Take what you want"...some redneck would cart off the wood from the building and burn it in his backyard

  7. What a lovely post, Kairle! I too am a great believe in reaping what you sow. How proud you must be to have raised a wonderful daughter like College Girl!
    The stand is great! Whoever created it has the right idea, don't they?
    Love the turkey! It does remind me of my childhood. We had a pumpkin like that - I loved that decoration! Thanks for sharing, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  8. LOVE the turkey -- we didn't have one like it but I do remember them at school. As for college girl, aren't those the moments every parent lives for?

  9. Hi Kairle, what a sweet post! Love the little insight into your daughter. What a sweetheart! Also the veggie stand is such a wonderful example of what Thanksgiving is all about!