Monday, August 22, 2011

Dinner Time

I am so thankful that these birds remind me of a time in our lives when we were first married. It seems like so long ago but the lessons that we learned we will keep with us always. Because of a family business going under we were forced to really think about what was top priority in our lives.  Putting food on the table and keeping a roof over our heads were tops on that list.  I can remember many time when I wasn't sure I could eat another green bean from our garden.  Mark's aunts sent us some of the cheese the government was giving them.  We mixed up instant milk and put it in the milk jugs so the kids would not know what they were drinking.  Several friends would show up with pies and cobblers (the recipes I use today).  We would be invited out for dinner.  dinners would appear at our front door.  It was a very humbling time.

A retired postal worker would always ask me how things were going and he would hug me and give me a hand full of dollars and tell me to go to the store and get the babies something good to eat.  I know that these people and this time made a lasting impression on me.  I am always looking for ways to help others.  I know I have been there and I know what they are experiencing.  I know it is not easy.  It is so hard to accept the goodness of others when you feel so embarrassed.  But that is okay.  Lessons are learned.

Even with the birds that are in our backyard.  I feed them and take care of them because it is my way to give back.  Might sound silly but they are important too.  I get hours of entertainment from them.  They make me take time to sit to rest and reflect.  I think you can always find a lesson in everything around you if you just look.  And there are many opportunities for us as a family to give back and help others.  It makes me feel like I listened to what God was trying to tell me and now it is my turn to help someone hear what He is saying to them.

We have been truly blessed over the years and I hope God will tell me the job He had for me on earth...that I did well.


leigh ann said...

you made me cry. i love you jan. so you know, some of the things i do to save a little money here and there, i do because i remember all those times at your house on lower terrace, in your kitchen. no paper towels, unsweetened tea (i'd never heard of such a thing) and brussels sprouts (can't tell you how often i've told that one.)

Jan AKA Wammy said...

Leigh do what you gotta do! And don't you just love a good Brussels sprout dish now because of the example you set for my kids by eating one?

Carol Adams said...

You should be a writer. Put together all these beautiful pictures, with all you comments, into a book. People would love reading it as much as I do. You are such a caring person, always thinking of others. I know we live far apart, but when we see each other, it is just time to "catch up" on things. You are a true friend to everyone!