Monday, April 20, 2009

The Perfect Weekend

It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend here. Something we've been very much awaiting. We had a wedding to attend on Saturday afternoon and then we came home and I hit the garden. My paltry little garden had all it's dead leaves, sticks, and branches cleaned out of it, well as much as possible. Sometimes those dry, old leaves are quite stubborn and don't want to be swept away. Underneath all the dead fall junk, life has sprung. It's always so thrilling to see the first green of the season coming out of the seemingly dead ground.


It's a beautiful reminder to me that if I trust God, he will bring newness and life out of the areas of my life that have gone through a winter. With Jesus we have the hope that it will not always be dead and dry. If our roots go down deep in Him, He will bring life and beauty out of that harshness. I need to trust Him and just like my plants, let go of those dry, dead leaves, those areas that want to cling on but hinder that beauty from showing itself. In His time, His spring season, there will be the newness coming forth. Just like my plant, I just need to let it happen.


After the garden was all done, we fired up the ol' bar-b-que for the first time this year. After the initial smoke of the first firing cleared, we had delicious cheese burgers sizzling away. And oh, the wonderful smell. There's something about smelling the first bar-b-ques of the season. It makes the meal taste extra good somehow. Sorry no pictures. Everyone was way too hungry from the smells to allow me the extra time to take pictures. You'll just have to use your imagination.

Sunday was just as beautiful outside so after church we did one of favorite family things. We changed out of our church clothes, grabbed a couple of footlong subs at Subway and drove down the long and winding road to what is affectionately known around here as the "River Bottom".

Finding our usual picnic table, we downed our sandwiches quickly and headed off for our walk. Which turned into a bit of a saunter because I got the camera fired up.





Looks like we weren't the only ones who had the idea. There was lots of families and dog walkers walking the paths and enjoying the park and the sunshine.

Wrapping it up with a Frosty from the Wendy's that's at the top of the long and winding road made a perfect ending to a perfect afternoon. The only thing that could make the day better would have been an episode of the Amazing Race and an exciting playoff hockey game enjoyed from my couch. And oh, what do you know. That's exactly how I ended the day!

And now I'll put an end to this long and winding post.

18 comments:

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Love the analogy about spring!

What did you think of last night's Race?

ellen b. said...

What great lessons were reinforced in your garden Susanne! Love it. We barbecued too. It really is great to smell the barby's cooking! Have a lovely week...

nikkipolani said...

I love the images from your walk/saunter! Blows the cobwebs and dry leaves away.

Michelle said...

I haven't seen that view in a long long time,thanks for posting this Susanne.

Faith said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your "spring and new life" analogy.
THe walk looks awesome....so glad you had a great weekend. I got your cd in the mail on friday a.m. so hopefully it will arrive for you this week. Enjoy the start of the work week!

Heather Smith said...

Sounds like a great weekend, Susanne. Love that spring is here. I went and got Alaena a little car to play in outside on Saturday. Took forever putting it together Saturday night. Then we had church all day yesterday. And today it rained. But I can't wait to get her into it and take some pictures. Fun times!!

Thom said...

What a great weekend and the pictures were fantastic. The analogy with Spring and new life was great. Glad you could get the barbecue fired up :) Wonderful post and great family time :)

Grace said...

Thank God for spring. He must have known how much we would need to be reminded that life will spring again - even when everything is dormant - and, from all appearances - looks dead. Thank you for the fresh reminder. I can use that! :-)

Marg said...

What a perfect day...
Don't you just feel blessed by God when you can enjoy his beauty and see such simple truths.
Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

Oh my goodness does that ever look like a neat place. If I ever get there to visit we just have to go there. So beautiful!!

Chatty Kelly said...

I love your photos. It's really neat too, how you have your blog name on them. Looks like it was indeed a perfect weekend.

Islandsparrow said...

It does sound like a perfect weekend! And you're making me hungry for a Wendy's Frosty!

Sandra said...

Sounds wonderful and peaceful and relaxing....you're right, just perfect :)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I love this because the pics along with your commentary at the end show how different our lives are. thanks for sharing.

Barbara H. said...

Sounds like a great day! And that is a perfect analogy!

Linda said...

I can't think of a thing to improve on that weekend. I love all of those things too Susanne.
The analogy is wonderful. We are blessed to have a Gardener who so lovingly and faithfully tends the garden of our hearts.
Huge Amazing Race fan too!!

Donnetta said...

Sounds like an absolutely lovely weekend!!

Beck said...

I loved this post - it gave me a real idea of what a good family life with teenagers might be like. Thank you, Susanne.