Little Things Thursday

What happens when the corn crop you so desperately looked forward to dies?

You create a backdrop out of it, of course! It’s the whole lemons and lemonade drill.

Jasper in corn husks 01-blogOur corn just didn’t produce like we hoped. We managed to get 2-3 respectable ears and many tiny weird ones.  Our garden was essentially a big failure except for the basil, tomatoes, okra and berries. In many ways my garden became a metaphor for my summer.  Disappointment.

I envisioned refreshment.  There were bits of that, but not on the scale that I felt I truly needed to be refreshed to begin again. But, the thing about need is that what we think we need may not be what’s best for our growth, overall. I’ve grown all summer long, but I’m weary. I guess you could call it growing pains.  I’m planting and planting and planting.  The harvest sometimes looks like disappointment on the surface, but rather it is the fodder for a greater harvest to come.  I believe that.  Because disappointment, when used correctly, causes us to grow. We dig deeper, and make adjustments. I’m no quitter and I also believe that God wastes no circumstance that He allows.  We just have to be willing to accept and learn from our circumstances.  It’s not easy, but it is necessary. While not getting a vacation or other luxuries this summer was disappointing, I do think I’ll look back on this time as pivotal. My souvenirs aren’t seashells and T-shirts, but I believe that my take-aways are valuable.

We have less than 3 weeks before our new school year begins and I am furiously working to shore up loose ends so that I’m not crawling to the first day of school.  I apologize for not being as available to participate and visit.  I hope you know that my desire is FOR those things, but that well, honestly, I’m struggling to balance duty and delights. Delights have just had to retire to the backseat over the last month or so.  There has been just so much on my proverbial plate that needs attention. It’s nothing serious, but as you know, when things pile up life can feel overwhelming.

I do have a couple massage gift certificates that will be a balm once I get through the bulk of the crazy.  I’m looking forward to those.  I’m still going to be around, and I’m trying to make room for delights as I can. Soon, routine will win the day once again and I’ll be back on the saddle. Less than 20 days to go! How’s your summer?  

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  1. I hate that your summer didn’t go as planned, but I love that you didn’t look at it as a total failure. Yes, you keep trying and trying until that corn starts to grow. As I was reading this, I could see this post being used as a metaphor for life. I will be referring back to it when I start my school year in 3 weeks. I’m a middle school counselor and this will make a great story to use with my students. Thanks for hosting and for allowing me to share. Enjoy the rest of your time off and get those massages. If time permits, take a day to relax and do nothing but refresh your soul. 🙂
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  2. So sorry summer wasn’t what you planned! Enjoy the last few days of summer and take some time for you!
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  3. So sad, that your harvest isn’t successful.
    (I have given up to seed and plant things to eat in my garden and have only flowers for my joy and any berries and plums… because it was the same in the earlier years)
    I cannot all understand, but it seems, this summetime is somehow not the best – that’s my feeling too.
    Enjoy the massages and make the best with all (easy to say1) 🙂
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  4. I’m sorry to hear the summer hasn’t been the relaxing, refreshing time you hoped for. I’m in awe of homeschooling families. My daughter-in-law homeschools and her 4 kids read and write above grade level and (most important) they enjoy learning! I know it’s hard to see when it’s your daily life, but the energy and love you’re pouring into your kids will pay dividends all their lives. Wish there was some way to help out, but we’re many miles apart, so for now, my words are all I have for you! Be encouraged! You’re doing a GREAT job!
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  5. oh Kim, I wish that you get some rest + relaxation soon… and nobody grows when they are in a comfort zone…
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  6. Sorry your crops didn’t try out:Did you use organic seeds?
    My summer was planned to be a work-summer, so if work goes well (andit does), I’m satisfied. When you are not in the rhythm of the school year anymore, one looks at summer differently – the pressure for it to be a good time is gone, since the other seasons have become options too, to do stuff.
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    • I did on some things, but others were starter plants from a big box garden center. Probably a mistake. I agree that once everyone gets back to school that the pressure to have fun will be alleviated. And truth told, we often do our big fun in the off season. I think you hit the nail on the head though, there is so much pressure in summer to keep up with others that when you can’t it feels like you got a raw deal. But really, God has taught me that I have everything. I really, really do. I’ve traveled enough outside of the states to know this all too well. I’ve seen real suffering and this what I face isn’t it. Perspective is everything.
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  7. I’m sorry your harvest wasn’t what you hoped for. I hope you will begin to feel refreshed, renewed and ready for the new school year.

  8. rebecca says:

    That image is amazing. The contrast, bw conversion, sharpness = perfection.

  9. I’m so sorry to hear all that Kim- I pray for peace for you – both in your days & in your soul. Love you my friend.

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  10. We’ve only had luck with peppers and lemons. Tho, I have plenty of friends that grow pretty much anything!
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  11. If we are smart, we learn more from our failures than our successes. And you are one smart cookie. What ISN’T a failure however, is this photo. Spot on perfection! Success!

  12. While the summer may not have gone the way you had hoped and the crops didn’t produce as anticipated, what a wonderful background it provided for you. I love that you are able to “make lemonade from the lemons” that life has thrown your way. That is the grand thing isn’t it? To not get caught up in the disappointment but to find joy in it somehow. Beautiful photo as always…I hope you find some rest, relaxation and refreshment before the school season begins. (((Hugs)))
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  13. I think Jasper’s expression says it all… there’s a piece of paper I keep on my desk that really really helps when I’m going through these transitional times (like now, and so often since our move). It simply says: ” Be patient and productive. Nothing is wasted.” But I know you you know that, this wisdom is in your post. Despite the weak corn crop, I focused on your amazing harvest of basil, tomatoes, okra and berries 🙂 Hoping you get nourishing downtime before the start of August…
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    • That’s a great reminder to keep. It’s hard to tally the the achievements when they come inch by inch, but they do add up. I’ve been borrowing a quote from a life hero Elizabeth Elliott who said when you don’t know what to do, just do the next thing. It’s really wise, because I’m always trying to get ahead of myself. 🙂
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  14. Wishing you the very best!!!
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  15. I truly understand your feelings about summer and garden disappointments….I have the same. And I haven’t even started getting ready for next school year – but we often wait to start until mid September, so I have a while. We have one more big trip this summer, then I’m hoping for a more relaxed August.
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  16. My summer has zoomed by too. My daughter has gotten a lot of rest, but I hoped we would do more together.

  17. Sorry for the loss of your corn. ;(
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  18. Sorry about your corn! But I wish my okra had grown! So far it looks like all I’ll get is squash. I never have much look with growing veggies.
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  19. I love your writing style, Kim. I can identify with so much that you say. My summer is speeding along – lots of rain. I keep busy in my studio. I really need to get out more!

  20. I am sorry to hear that your summer did not work out the way you anticipated it, Kim. You know that my year has been, hm, a bit challenging, too. But, like you, I never give up, even when feeling overwhelmed. Cut back here and there and you’ll be back in no time. Enjoy the rest of your summer (break) and then make good use of the massage vouchers and pamper yourself before getting back into the saddle.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Sometimes, things just don’t work out. but, as you know, God has His reasons. I never expect anybody to put blogging before their real life. That doesn’t mean I don’t miss their posts–I just understand that real life is so much more important than people spreading themselves around the bloggiverse. We’ll still be here when you have time 🙂
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