Short & Sweet - week beginning November 28

Brooke Weeber Illustration
Let's catch up: Last week we were praying our little hearts out for a friend, but his healing was not meant to be. A little perplexed at God's planning in it all, a brand new addition to our immediate family, a little baby called ALLIE GRACE (lovely, no?), followed by a weekend Christening of five babies, helped to soothe our souls. Isn't that the way; life is lost and new life is found? Profound. Alas, we simply cannot know it all, or how or when we will go, and thus we can try to do our best to get on with whatever we've been given to do, to relish this precious gift called life, commit to love a little harder and stronger (God, husband, family, friends, others) in action and not just word, and to make the world a nicer place for other people, too. Pride of Australia 'Child of Courage' medal winner Coen Ashton, 14, is exemplary in this human capacity. Beautiful boy.
This week's agenda: I am packing for a trip to New York! Yes, siree, my friends at Planet Blue Tours are taking me abroad. What a blessed girl I am. I am still pinching myself at the prospect that I will soon be walking the streets of Manhattan... in many layers of clothing! Meanwhile, there's a lot of avocado picking going on at home, and I'm a tad guilt-ridden that I'm not helping out more (resolve to do the night shift).
The Word for the Week: "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." Joshua 1:8 (The Gospel for our Good... not for feeling guilty and terrible.)
Quote of the Week: "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." Explorer Sir Randolph Fiennes word for the week: procrustean \proh-KRUHS-tee-uhn\, adjective:
1. Tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means.
2. Pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes.
"The degree to which we are able to take freedom – religious or otherwise – and turn it into a procrustean pursuit that ultimately tramples our humanity never ceases to fascinate me." 
Reading: Yes, I would very much like to do this! After sifting through a bunch of my books over the weekend, I resolved to finally read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – on the plane with me, you go!
The breakfast club: Avocado on toast with a touch of salt and pepper, anyone?

Girl With a Satchel


Sophie Baker said...

I love, love, love these Short & Sweet posts! Have an amazing time in The Big Apple!!! Whee!

frangipani princess said...

So sorry to hear about your friend, but so excited to hear you're going to NYC! Have the best time ever, and take lots of pictures to share. Beyond jelly!


Lizzie said...

Let us know about the Guernsey book - it keeps popping up here and there, but have never sat down and read it. Have a wonderful time in NYC. Can already tell you it's colder than any hot blooded Australian could stand :)