Friday, November 30, 2018

She's Done Good!


Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

As many of you already know, my husband, Danny, and I live in a home nestled in the forest.  We love the shade the trees provide in the hot, steamy summers here in Georgia.  And because it is so dim under the dense, leafy canopy, grass won't grow, but moss thrives in abundance, thick and lush all over our yard.  No need for a lawn mower, or breaking a sweat during the long summer months.  That is a huge plus, as neither of us willingly tolerates the heat.

Autumn, however, is another story.  As the temperatures cool, the leaves take their cue, and descend with wild abandon.  It doesn't take long for our decks and yard to become covered and smothered, requiring frequent visits from the broom and the leaf blower.

When granddaughter, Virginia Rose, stays with us last weekend, she doesn't see sweeping leaves off the deck as a chore, but as an opportunity to help out her Gammie.  Watching her, I feel a bit like Tom Sawyer, bamboozling his friends into whitewashing Aunt Polly's fence as he lolls about.

"Honey, you don't have to do this," I say.  "Gammie can take care of it."

"I know," Virginia responds, "but I want to help.  I can do this!"

And yes, she can!






As they say in the South, "She's done good!"

Virginia, now eight-years-old, never seems to grow weary of doing good.  She wants to help in all the household tasks her little hands can manage, from setting the table, to taking her dirty dishes to the sink and rinsing them, to wielding our feather duster over the furniture.

While there are times I find myself wishing she wouldn't grow up so fast, it is a delight to witness her increasing abilities, both physical and mental.  What pleases me most, though, is Virginia's desire to assist others in any and all ways that she can.

My prayer for her is that she continues to grow in her knowledge and love of God, and that she never tires of doing good for others.

Amen!

I know, I know, I just took a break at Thanksgiving, but I'm having to take one again this coming week.  Danny and I are headed for the mountains!!!  We are so thankful that his brother will be arriving on Saturday to look after MIL while we are gone.  When we are on these infrequent vacations, I like to go as "dark" as possible when it comes to technology, so I may not be leaving comments on your blogs, but know you will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers.  God bless!

34 comments:

  1. You live in a wonderful paradise in the forest. I bet the family just love to visit you often.

    Have a relaxing holiday in the mountains. Best wishes and God bless you and yours always.

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    1. Thanks so much, Victor! Yes, with God's blessings, we will have a wonderful time.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. Your sweet little Virginia Rose is a special gift from God. I am so happy for you that she loves spending this time with you and that she also loves to help you. God is training her to be a true helper in His kingdom! You are all blessed. And...I am so happy for you to get a weekend away in the mountains! What a blessing! Be sure to just relax and breathe deep. I hope the weather will cooperate so that you can have a truly relaxing and enjoyable time. Just being away, even if you have to stay indoors, is good when you are a constant caregiver. Just unwind and do nothing is good therapy!! Enjoy!!

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    1. Yes, Pamela, we are so blessed by Virginia, and I'm sure she will grow up to be a blessing for others. How we enjoy every moment when she's with us!
      And our trip is not just a weekend, but a whole week. Hooray! No matter what the weather, we will have a relaxing time together. Giving thanks to the Lord for this opportunity.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. It has been a real treat watching her grow up before our eyes through your blog. I pray she always keeps that gift of serving and allows God to develop it even further. Hope you and Danny have a great week away.

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    1. Thanks, Bill! I'm glad you've enjoyed her progress here at the blog. Yes, may she stay strong in serving God and others.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. I find with my grandson that helping me with chores seems like fun to him, but doing the same things at home...not so much! Ha!

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    1. Maybe that's it, Galen. Although, I must say, her dad mentioned at Thanksgiving that Virginia has suddenly gotten better in looking out for her two younger sisters. What a plus that is!
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Whenever I read your posts about your grands I feel warm and fuzzy knowing that I, too, am one of the blessed ones who has grandbabies that are kind, helpful and thoughtful. Thank you for this sweet story +Martha

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    1. You are so welcome, Carol, and yes, I agree that we are both blessed in mighty ways through our beautiful grandchildren.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. What a blessing to be a part of your granddaughter's life! She's a beautiful girl, inside and out. She's blessed by God with you and Danny...

    Enjoy your time away! Take it when you can get it!!!

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    1. Thank you, Floyd! But I think Danny and I are the ones most blessed by this little girl, so beautiful on the inside and the out.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. What a beautiful, remarkable young woman! You're so blessed. Thank you for sharing Virginia with us today!

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    1. Yes, we are blessed, indeed, Myra. She brings us all such joy every time she visits.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Big hugs for sweet Virginia! That little gal has been raised right :) And she's adorable to boot :)

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Beckie! I'll be sure to give Virginia lots of hugs when I see her next.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Your granddaughter is a sweetheart and bless her servant's heart! Enjoy your get-away!! See you here when you return!

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri! Yes, we will definitely enjoy our trip to the mountains - very much needed!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. I believe your granddaughter is being raised to be a very thoughtful giver. She seems to be a genuine little angel. Thank you for sharing your life with her with us. Have a wonderful vacation.

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    1. She is my angel, that's for sure, Nells. And I do so love sharing her here with my friends.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. Oh, what a sweet, little girl! I have a hunch she is a LOT like her Gammie! Your influence is there, that's for sure. I hope you have a wonderful, blessed time away with your hubby, and may God just bless you and protect you and allow your moments to be filled with rest and peace. SO thankful you can get away for this reprieve! We'll "see" you when you get back! Hugs and blessings to you. :)

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    1. Cheryl, Virginia is a sweet little girl, for sure, always smiling and looking on the bright side of things. I don't know that she takes after me, but I'd like to think so - lol!
      Yes, we will take this week to rest and recuperate in God's amazing creation.
      Love and blessings!

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  12. She is really growing up. You are such a great influence on her too. I love reading about the times you are together.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jean! Yes, she is growing up so fast, and I treasure every moment we have together.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. Martha, this is an amazing post, so sweet too. Virginia clearly has the heart of a servant. She's a treasure to her family and friends. Enjoy your time away from the craziness of your life. :)

    Love and blessings!

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    1. Kim, we're finally back, and what a restful time we had! Thank you for your kind words here - going to have Virginia back over here next weekend (this one is too crazy, as I have to write blogs and catch up on things here).
      Love and blessings!

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  14. Such a sweet post! I know how deeply you love this little sweetie. Her kind spirit shines already at a tender age.
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. Thanks so much, Loralu! Virginia is my sweetie, no doubt about it.
      Love and blessings!

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  15. That's exactly what we southerners we will from God, "She's done good!"

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  16. She is a delight! My gr=daughters are now in the tween years and are still ones who I say "They've done good."

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    1. Thanks so much, Susan! I'm sure your two granddaughters are delights, too.
      Love and blessings!

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