Tuesday, March 2, 2010

seeds and roots

He was so excited when he came home with the trays and the seeds. I was confused. We are moving in four months. The Marine Corps noticed that we have been in the same place for six years and let us know our time here is up. They are sending us to northern Virginia (and as hard as it will be to leave our community here, we are thrilled). So you can see why my husband's sudden interest in Spring planting had me scratching my head.
...but we're moving...but we'll have to leave them mid-season...but I'm cleaning things out and wrapping things up, should we really start something new...?
But we had so much fun and I realized that this place, right now, is still home. This is where we live. They say "home is where the Marine Corps sends you" so if this is home for four more months then we will enjoy it fully for Four More Months. To us, being in the military means being willing to go where we are sent and to make that home, whether it's for six years or six months. For that time, we make it ours. I love Edith Schaeffer's words in The Hidden Art of Homemaking-
I am sure that there is no place in the world where your message would not be enhanced by your making the place (whether tiny or large, a hut or a palace) orderly, artistic and beautiful with some form of creativity, some form of 'art'. It goes without saying, too, that 'The Environment', which is you should be an environment which speaks of the wonder of the Creator who made you.
There are a lot of things that we could just 'let go' because we won't be around for much longer but at what cost? There's no need to stop planting seeds just because we have to pull up our roots soon. We have a whole season of todays to enjoy here and it will be good to leave something lovely, something of us, behind.


  1. This is a good reminder. It's easy to get focused on the past, at the expense of enjoying today. But it's just as easy to get focused on the future, at the expense of enjoying today... and we don't always remember that!

  2. Am I the only one having trouble seeing some of your pics? Congrats on your orders!

  3. Yeah Kelli! What an amazing perspective...

  4. I am counting on enjoying every single second of having you as my neighbor for as long as I can. Time to schedule those weekly playdates, swimming lessons, and girls' night outs. It makes me sad to even think about letting a moving van drive down our street and take you away! :( So let those roots grow deep!

  5. This is beautiful Kelli. I've applied for several jobs around the DC area, can't wait to see where God calls me to next.


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