Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Life Lately

As y'all may have noticed, there hasn't been much happening in this corner of the world lately!  I thought I'd give y'all a little "life lately" from instagram/my phone, to recap the past six weeks.

Just as a little preview....lest you think that tour life is just full of friends + posing for pictures, let me enlighten you:
It ISN'T. =) 

Go visit this page to see that there is a whole lot more happening than fun + games!

 But, 43 concerts in 46 days is kinda hard to put into pictures. I also don't get to capture all the office work, and laundry, and set up/tear down, and all of the other "normal life" things that happen on the road. 

Below, you will see recaps in photos of time spent with old besties, and new friends, and amazing siblings! And head on over to our family blog to read the full updates I've been posting recently.
With love, all the way from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! =)
-Chels     

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Farm Girl Writes...

{photo taken @ a friend's farm in Alberta last week}

I miss my Iowa farm.

I miss the smell of newly baled hay. Of freshly cut grass. Of all sorts of delicious smells from the gardens + flower beds. Of the herbs in my herb garden. Of the ever present aroma of the cows + calves, and even the occasional whiff of the hogs that comes in on a windy day.

I miss the quiet country mornings. My walks with just me and our dog. Sitting on the bridge above the creek in the almost-dusk evenings, with my bare feet dangling over the sides, just being still + contemplating life.

I miss hanging out the laundry in the mornings, and then bringing it all in in the afternoons, when the farm is noisy with the sounds of the milkers clanging, equipment running, silage being mixed for the cow's feed, children laughing + talking as they work, and southern gospel music wafting across the farm from the barn speakers.

I miss the dust from our gravel road. I miss walking barefoot everywhere + anywhere. I miss mowing the lawn. I miss sitting out on the grass in the afternoons while looking through the mail. I miss jumping in the truck to run errands.

Yes, I miss all those farm-life things. But truly the best place to be is the center of God's will. Even when, in my flesh, I'd rather be somewhere else. Keeping perspective is remembering that contentment + happiness does not lie in my circumstances, my surroundings, or my location. Rather, it is found in choosing joy in the moment of where Jesus has me.

Sometimes that moment may not be my favorite. Sometimes that moment may get tiring. Sometimes that moment may be the furthest thing from what I would "wish" I could be doing. But if that moment is centered in Jesus + where He has me, than it is the very best thing for me.

So that moment right now?  It's the best thing, even in spite of my farm girl longings for the dirt roads, animal smells, country breeze, + bare feet freedom.

It's true, though...you can take the girl off the farm, but you just can't take the farm out of the girl.

And there's just a few thoughts from a homesick farm girl tonight. =)
-Chels