Daisies and Sunshine

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I love daisies. There is something so beautiful about their simplistic structure. The way the yellow center is highlighted by a ring of white draws me in. They are so pure.

Daisies don’t gather attention or look for much. All they need is a little bit of sunshine, some dirt, and a little bit of water and they can grow. Daisies can brighten any dead landscape, providing simple joys even when all around seems to be fading.

Last night, The Husband began school.

We have known this day was coming for a few months now and I’m happy that he is getting the opportunity.

But last night, it felt a little grey. He began the schedule of leaving the house at 6 AM to go to work and not getting home until 10 PM or after.

Along comes homework, online classes, and lost time.

Reality bites.

Instead of spending time with The Husband, I decided to do a few things I normally don’t do.

I painted my nails a pretty purple.

I did a load of dishes so I didn’t have to do them first thing this morning.

I played some games on facebook.

I stared my grocery list for Friday’s shopping.

I watched a show that I normally catch online Thursday mornings.

While the girls played outside in the nice cool weather, I enjoyed some me time.

From spending all day with the girls in school, to managing and balancing the budget. From doing housework and chores, to spending time with my husband. Between getting up at 5 AM and going to bed at 10 PM, I rarely get a break.

[Tweet “And there in my patch of grass, #daisies began to sprout, providing spots of beauty and sunshine.”]

When The Husband is away in class and once the girls go to bed, I get a couple hours to myself to do whatever I want.

In a period of my life when time is stressed and alone time is priceless, two hours a week alone with nothing to do sounds absolutely divine.

Slowly, I’m starting to look forward to this new adventure in life. And as the daisies sprout around me, decorating my path as I walk, I think I’m going to stop.

I’m going to stop here and rest for a while. Take comfort in the simplistic beauty the daisies are providing. Relax in the peace and quiet. Realize that it isn’t always the most ornate, or the fanciest flower that deserves my attention.

Often a patch of daisies is exactly what I need.

 

What is something that reminds you to stop and enjoy the simple things?

 

~Crystal

 

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 08:52:49

    It is such a difficult adjustment moving into a new schedule. We have been trying to navigate it for a while now and most days I feel a little like I’m drowning. Crystal, thank you for this.

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    • Crystal
      Sep 05, 2014 @ 07:54:48

      You’re welcome Heather. I’ve felt like I’m drowning some days too. Just yesterday afternoon one of the girls asked if I’d play a game with them. Sadly, I had to tell her no and listed off about 8 things that HAD to be done before bedtime, some that needed to be done within the next 45 minutes. Instead of a game, she helped me make dinner. Come up for air every now and then, even if it means that the laundry sits in a dirty pile until tomorrow (or tomorrow’s tomorrow). 😉

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  2. imgrowinginhisgrace
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 23:01:48

    Wow. Your positive outlook on your situation reminds me of James 1:2. It inspires me to look for the daises when I feel like I’m drowning in my own grass. So upbeat.

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    • Crystal
      Sep 05, 2014 @ 07:51:35

      Thank you. I try to find positives in any situation I’m in. Sometimes I have to scrape and look hard, but there is nearly always something there. This has gotten me through a lot. Keep looking for those daisies. They are there, even if they’re just sprouting.

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  3. Emily Cook
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 06:18:13

    We are right where you are! My husband returned to school for his second semester.. he’s just.. NOT available. It is so hard to adjust to this! But last semester I learned, like you did, that the extra time to myself in the evenings is really quite nice. I’m reading more books that I love 🙂 There are hidden blessings in this season too!

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    • Crystal
      Sep 05, 2014 @ 07:50:06

      School was completely unplanned for us so these are new waters. My husband doesn’t like school but has to go to get his plumbing license. I’m desperately trying to find positives so my bad attitude doesn’t add stress. In the balance of life 4 years isn’t that long, but it seems so far away. Hang in there Emily and enjoy your books.

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  4. June
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 07:54:22

    Routine changes can be hard at first, but they’re usually exactly what we need! Glad to hear you are embracing yours, Crystal! Have a blessed week!

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  5. Dawn Boyer
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 08:40:37

    Great perspective,to see the blessing in the new.. and to connect it to the sweet beauty of a daisy makes me smile. Sometimes we have to sit in the quiet and ponder the gift of unexpected time and see that He is working out something new and different in or midst. It doesn’t always feel good because it is different but that can change when we look for the ‘daisies’ in the midst of the moment.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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  6. Lizzy
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 10:23:01

    Oh I love daisies! And the thoughts in this post. Sometimes even humbler flowers than daisies can do the trick. We just need to be open to God’s provision 🙂

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  7. Susannah
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 10:53:42

    With Nate having been working full time and in school ever since we were married (three years ago) I totally understand the feeling of not seeing your husband. How wonderful, though, that you’re able to use that time for yourself and see the good in it. Thanks for linking up with the Faith and Fellowship blog hop!

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    • Crystal
      Sep 18, 2014 @ 07:23:52

      In a way I’m glad he wasn’t in school when we first got married. I have grown and changed a lot in 12 years. I don’t think I would have handled his being away with this much grace. It is hard, but I keep reminding myself it is where God put us, so obviously He wants my husband in school.

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