Sunday, April 06, 2008

Spring Yard Work

We have been fighting some kind of 'flu bug, so we decided not to go to church today. After a lazy morning, we went outside and did a few jobs. It was a beautiful spring day, just warm enough to be pleasant, and just breezy enough that we couldn't keep a fire going.

Patrick trimmed the lower branches from the trees and bushes next to the parking area. Rick assembled a barbecue. Linda raked and cleaned up the pasture. The girls and Christopher ran errands. I raked up the debris from Patrick's tree-trimming, and Daniel ran the tractor and assisted Rick. Jared moved the logs from the van to the side of the house. We all kept busy!

It was very satisfying to be out in the sunshine, and even though we only worked a couple of hours, it was enough to make us feel like we accomplished a lot!

I have never considered yard work with the family as a chore, so much as a fun family activity. It was a joy to be out there, working together. When we were finished hauling away all the branches, we enjoyed a steak dinner, cooked on the barbecue.

What simple pleasure there is in just being together, working and playing and laughing and loving as a family! By the time we went in for supper, we all were feeling better. Maybe we have finally shaken the 'flu bug.

This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!

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