Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Balcony Blessings

Have you ever put off something, just kept telling yourself you didn't have time? Then when you finally got to it, it took you no time at all and the rewards were immeasurable? That was me last week. We let our balconies go over the visits. Spring was creeping in, but I felt a little overwhelmed at keeping 5 kids moving and a husband happy and a house clean, so I ignored my balconies...week after week. Then I finally got that bee in my bonnet and did it. I assigned each kid one balcony to do with me. We scrubbed and we squeegeed. We planted and we plotted. It didn't take me more than 20 minutes per balcony. The next morning, we had a Turkish holiday off of school, so we had waffles for breakfast outside. It was wonderful. The birds sang. The breeze was cool. It all just tasted better. The Campbell Clansman said he felt like we got some extra rooms. I let the three big girls each "have" a balcony. They are watering their plants, reading their Bibles outside. It's been wonderful. Perhaps best of all, I found Campbell Clansman out there one day, just staring off in the distance at the sign for our school. I asked him what he was thinking about. He said, "I have everything I've ever wanted. A good wife, 5 beautiful kids, and a school in Turkey." I am glad we tackled the balconies to give him a good spot to think that thought.
Phaselis the Great could not be happier. He keeps the birds away while we eat.


Natalie said...

funny...i have a backyard with a nice sized patio, pretty green grass, lots of flowers and plants, and have planted tomatoes, cucumber, yellow squash, among other things, yet i still miss having a balcony. there is just something about them...

Anonymous said...

Hi Sara!! I'm Jenifer (Hill) Kendrick-- Allison's sister from OBU?!!! I found your blog recently and was just tickled to read about your wonderful family. All of the interesting things they are getting to do-- just wonderful! Anyway I have just really, really enjoyed reading about your family and just wanted you to know! You are still so funny! Jenifer (

Melanie Keffer said...

I think while reading your blog, how good God is to us all. I can't help it. It jumps out at me as we continue through the trials of unemployment. I grinned about the balcony cleaning as I do the same thing myself! With company coming for graduation, I jumped into those tasks I had been putting off (cleaning out the refrigerator for one) and woolah! Boy did it feel good! I kept opening the frig just looking at those gleaming shelves. :)

Ecclesiastes says there is nothing new under the sun and so on. Makes you wonder what our counterparts 2000 years ago took delight in.

The balcony was lovely and the waffles sounded good. Life is grand, isn't it?


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