The Mommy Bloggy

Reflections of a Mother's Heart

The Simplicity of Daisies May 25, 2013

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:35 pm

Yesterday, Lindsay came into the house with a handful of tiny white daisies with yellow-button centers and said, “Look what I found for you!”  I hardly had a chance to respond before she found an old bottle under the kitchen sink, filled it with water, and arranged her bouquet to adorn my kitchen counter.

Later, as I was washing dishes, I was struck by the beautiful simplicity of those little white flowers.  So simple, yet they brought cheer to my kitchen and my heart!  God’s creation never ceases to amaze me!  I love my Lindsay for thinking about me while she was at play!

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A Christmas Drop-In January 8, 2012

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:37 pm

With three young children who LOVE to play outside, I find myself outside often keeping an eye and an ear on their whereabouts.  There are about 6 regular children on our street who flock to our house to play, some days all at the same time!  I love it, and I would not have it any other way.  I like knowing where my kids are, who they are playing with, and what they are doing.  Their closeness allows me to know all this, and I get to know the kids pretty well, too.

However, I realized that I was getting to know the kids better than I knew their parents.  A few weeks before Christmas I read an article in a magazine from church about a family who hosted a drop-in at their home at Christmas time for the purpose of getting to know their neighbors.  The Lord, right then and there, laid it on my heart to host a drop-in of our own.  I talked to Brad about it, and he loved the idea.

One Sunday afternoon, two weeks before Christmas, I made up fliers with our drop-in information and the next Monday, Lindsay and I placed our invitations in ten of our neighbors’ newspaper boxes.  The next Sunday, one week before Christmas, we opened our home from 4:00 – 6:00pm and waited.  I really did not know what to expect.  The house was clean (at least the downstairs, oh, and don’t ever look in the laundry room if you come over…that’s where Brad moves my clutter!) and the spread of food was set out.  I served fudge, cookies, flavored crackers, blondies, chips and dip, meatballs, and apple cider.  I learned, though, that it’s not really about the food, it’s about the fellowship, but we do seem to fellowship better over food!

As usual, the children arrived first!  After a few minutes, Brad and I wondered if only the children were going to come!  Then, slowly, 5 of our 10 invited families arrived, and we were thrilled!  I enjoyed introducing my neighbors to each other as new ones arrived.  I enjoyed chatting with them and getting to know them better.  As it turned out, everyone congregated in my kitchen around the food!

Food was eaten, laughs were shared, and new friendships were made.  At 6:00 when the last families left, we discussed going to a local hiking place together.  One lady even volunteered to bring food to our drop-in next year!  It was such a small investment of time and resources, but a big investment in friendships.  I suppose I will host another drop-in next year and continue to invite those who live around me with the hope of building friendships where the love of Christ can be shared.

After the New Year, I was standing at the end of my driveway talking with a neighbor and another neighbor brought her daughter over to play, and the two women began a discussion on something we had all talked about at the drop-in.  I am thankful for how Jesus can use our home or our driveway to bring people together!

 

 

Fall in the Mountains November 9, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:45 pm

I just love fall!  It is my absolute, very favorite time of year!  I love the wonder of the changing leaves, the smell of smoke from chimney fires, the warmth a good cup of coffee offers, and the chill in the air!  I find all of my favorite things about fall in one of my favorite places…the mountains!

My family and I met some dear-to-our-heart  friends a couple of weekends ago in Hendersonville, NC.  We spent two days hiking to waterfalls.  Each morning began with a cup of coffee and each evening ended with good conversation around a cozy wood fire.

Our first day we hiked to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls in Dupont State Forest.  Triple Falls was a beautiful, fascinating spot.  We climbed up rock walls, which in my opinion were treacherous!  I was like Mama Hen, hovering over my chicks!  Anyway, the photo ops were worth putting our lives at risk!  We carried picnic lunches with us and decided to dine on the rocks at Triple Falls.  We hiked on to High Falls and enjoyed spending some time at a covered bridge overlooking the falls.  The 3 boys enjoyed skipping rocks, and the 2 girls watched and giggled.  On the hike back to the parking lot, Luke complained about being tired, so he rode on Brad’s shoulders most of the way down.

On day two, we visited Caesar’s Head State Park and then headed to the Waterfall Trail to hike to Raven Cliff Falls, a 400 foot waterfall.  The trail we hiked this day was one of the prettiest trails I’ve ever been on.  The trees were at their peak of color and everything was so beautiful!  Thank you, God, for fall!  When we arrived at the observation platform, we ate our picnic lunch on benches in a gazebo.  As Logan ate, he looked down, spotted a dollar bill, quietly left his seat, walked down under the deck and retrieved his find before telling anyone what he was doing.  He wanted to make sure he was the one to get that dollar!  Logan makes me laugh! 

On our hike back, we stopped at a vine hanging down from a tree beside the trail.  All 5 kids and both moms took a swing on the vine over the trail.  It was great fun!  Luke did not complain one single time on the return hike, and our friend Trevor paid Luke one dollar for walking out of the woods on his own two feet!  It was a 4.4 mile round trip hike!

The next morning, the five children led our worship service on the deck.  Logan and Evan played guitar while Lindsay and Claire sang worship songs, Luke prayed and quoted some verses from the book of James, and Evan preached on James 4.  It was wonderful!

Fall in the mountains is wonderful!

 

Bye Bye Birdies May 14, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:49 pm

When I checked the Purple Ribbon Nest this morning, I was not met with Mama Mockingbird’s  impassioned chirping or diving passes at me, so I suspected I would find an empty nest in my holly bush, and I did!  I was not too surprised because when I peeked at the twins yesterday afternoon, they were both perched on the side of their nest.  I knew it wouldn’t be long before they would find their wings and soar off to a life of their own.   I was somewhat sad that I had not witnessed their leaving, but the most important one in their lives had…their Mama!

I’m thankful for the lessons I’ve learned over the short weeks of watching these birds, like how I often worry about things that are seemingly a threat, but only a thought (like Mama Mockingbird carrying on over my cat behind a glass door who is too scared to go outside!) and how God cares for even the smallest of His wonderful creation!  All too soon, my neighbor has moved away, but I was privileged to watch her raise her babies in the Purple Ribbon Nest!

 

Joyful Chorus May 10, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:20 pm

It’s been six days since I’ve discovered these baby birds, and already they are singing a joyful chorus to me!  Okay, they are actually crying for Mama Mockingbird because they are hungry!  This is how my own kids look at around 3:00 each afternoon when they ask for a snack!

Mama Mockingbird is not very fond of me.  She does not like me peeking into her nest to take pictures of the twins, but I do it anyway and ask my kids to cover my back.  Mama has even noticed our cat who likes to sit and look out our front glass door.  One day over the weekend, Mama stood on a rocking chair near the front door and told our cat exactly how she felt about her presence, not that she was anywhere near her nest!  Mothers have a way of being very protective, don’t they?

I’ve enjoyed watching the twins grow up.  Like my friend, Karie, commented, I do hope that I will get to watch them fly away with strong wings of their own.  Before too long, it will be my turn to see my little ones take flight and leave the nest, but I am not as anxious about that!

 

The Babies are Here! May 4, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:27 pm

One of my friends came for a visit today and as she was leaving, I walked her over to my holly bush to show her the Purple Ribbon Nest with its eggs.  Well, when I carefully pulled the prickly branches aside, we found Mama Mockingbird sitting undisturbed, deeply tucked into her nest.  I was surprised she didn’t fly out at us, although thankful, because I can just imagine how loud my scream would have been!

When my friend left, I decided to show the kids that Mama Mockingbird was taking good care of her eggs, but this time when I pulled the branches back, she flew out of the bush!  That’s when Logan and I saw her eggs were no longer eggs, but two baby birds!  I couldn’t believe it!  It was exactly one week ago that I discovered the eggs, and now the babies have hatched!  The process of raising baby birds happens quickly!

Just look how content those little ones are…completely trusting the care of their Mama!  How much more so can we be confident in our Creator’s care!  Matthew 6:26 says, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not worth much more than they?”  (emphasis mine)

Don’t you think the “twins” love their home?  I can’t help but think it has something to do with the beauty of the purple ribbon!

 

Update on the Purple Ribbon Nest April 27, 2011

Filed under: Life in the Slow Lane — Michelle Ferguson @ 5:19 pm

While I was outside earlier this afternoon, I walked past my holly bush and decided to check on my new neighbor’s Purple Ribbon Nest.  To my delight, I discovered two delicate, blue-speckled eggs!  I was ecstatic, but before I shared the news with my family, I…..ran for my camera!

Notice that Mama Mockingbird rearranged the purple ribbon (see post from April 3 to compare!).  Is that anything like us rearranging furniture to spice things up a bit?  🙂