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{spring butter}


Life has been in high gear recently.  My computer, on the other hand, has been moving slower than molasses in the dead of winter.  The two have given my patience ample opportunity to ‘shine’.

You know those times in life when it feels like everything seems to be grinding on one part of your personality or character that you thought was pretty solid; as though to blatantly point out the area really could use a good tune-up?

That’s the current place of me and my {proud} character of patience.  I realize that these moments in life, when your ‘areas of improvements’ are being skimmed off and separated from the rest of you to stand out clearly on their own for what they really are, are the exact moments when true character is formed and you are brought 1/10 of the way closer to understanding the life-long process of humility.

So this fast-paced life and sluggish computer speed has brought frustration {and a dash of anger} to the blender in order to chop up patience and blur the line of difference between them.  The frustration wins some days- if not most.  Hence the lack of  updates here on the ol’ bloggeroo.

I have attempted, in each day, to take time and smell the roses; or whatever else gives that inner peace and calm to the boiling frustration that so easily can arise.  In those moments, it seems as though I’ve overcome and that patience is more heavily weighted in my character  But then once the whirling stops and every-day life settles for a bit, I realize that there is still a bit more to be worked out.

Like the work of making butter from the fresh, flavor-packed, nutrient-rich spring grass from a friend’s dairy-cows, the areas of my character take time to be formed into something useful, appreciated, and genuine.

This whole realization of my patience ‘issue’ came to me while making this butter.  I know how cheesy and sappy it is to use making butter as an analogy for character building; but I believe that in these mundane and simply tasks of life, are where true & deep lessons can be learned.  I simply have to take the time to recognize, appreciate, and apply it.  And I have got to recognize these moments and take them to heart for the nourishment of my body, mind, and soul on the journey of patience in this rascal of a farm life ;)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Liza permalink
    05.06.11 12:48 PM

    I truly enjoy reading your blog. I think it is in the little “mundane” things that we do every day that help mold us a little bit more into the women that we are destined to be.

    I married a farmer too :). Though we don’t live on the farm, that is my dream to one day have one of our own. That is why when I ran across your blog I fell in love with it. Take every day at a time and remember to breath. Have a fabulous weekend with your fresh made butter!

    • 05.06.11 2:30 PM

      I am so glad that you enjoy the blog so much Liza! It is always so nice to hear from those that read it- and that they love it ;) I hope that you will be able to have your dream come true of living on your own farm. There is never a dull moment and is one of the most character building things I’ve ever done in my life. Thank you for your encouragement!

  2. Heather Garfias permalink
    05.06.11 3:30 PM

    I enjoyed this post. I’m sure people will tell you this a million times, but: having a child will do this to the nth power. Naomi Aldort calls a child “your guru,” your spiritual guide.

    • 05.06.11 4:09 PM

      Glad you liked it Heather! Nice to hear from you! I constantly feel like I am in training for when we have children. This is quite the training field ;) I love it and am thankful I get the opportunity to go through ‘basic training’ pre-first child ;)

      • Suzanne Parrish permalink
        05.15.11 6:22 PM

        I’m “child-free” and still I find them fascinating. Also love to read, and just picked up a “raw food for kids book” called “Baby Greens” that you may like (or have already read). Another really cool book is “The Continuum Concept” about keeping your baby “in arms” for the first six months.

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