Monday, October 20, 2008

First fire

This morning we made our first fire of the season. One of my favorite things to do is order the cord of wood, stack it (an art form) and chop small pieces for starter. (my husband does this.) There's something so satisfying about preparing for your family. Like a cupboard full of food, a well-stacked woodpile gives me comfort for the coming cold months. If all else fails, we'll make fires every day and huddle around it all winter long, sipping coffee and cocoa. (Romantic, no?)
I like to focus on these little gifts--like woodpiles and shining fire faces. Our lives are complicated and unpredictable. We must look for the small pleasure, gifts, and graces in our everyday life, such as the eyes of wonder in which my little boy looks at the first fire. We must ask: "What will we magnify?" , in the midst of unknowns, complications, uncertainty. For these things that we uncover daily are certain, predictable, reliable. They are Him.

12 comments:

Sara said...

Ahhhhh yes. I am a lover of "real" fires too. The pretty gas replicas just don't do it for me. Yes, they are warm and they glow, but I need to wood SMELL! And the crackle. Love the crackle. There is just something primal and wonderful about fires. I've enjoyed being able to have lots of campfires this year. :) And thank you for the reminder about focusing on the little gifts. I'm sipping some coffee right now...I haven't had coffee at home for so long, so it feels like a little gift from my hubby :) Miss you friend!

Rebekah said...

I like this statement- "We must look for the small pleasure, gifts, and graces in our everyday life..." This is so true. The small pleasures are where the biggest joys are, I believe. I really enjoyed this post! Have a blessed day.

by...K@ Ashcroft said...

We talked about this very same thing at a youth activity a few weeks back. "What will we magnify?" the light of Christ of course. :)
That is why we are here on this earth, to reflect the light of Christ to others so we can all be in the circle of his love and return to his ever loving arms.

Katrina said...

Yes, Romantic! I can so relate to this. Thank you for reminding us to delight in simple pleasures.

salina said...

Yes, these seemingly small things in life like the feel of a warm fire and preparing that fire for your family is truly a grand thing. I've been enjoying our warm fires for a few days now:.:)Just love it.
Take care,
Salina

dorothy said...

We had our first fire of the season this weekend. Everyone was so entranced, but none more than my youngest who was truly amazed at a fire in the house:)

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

The one thing I miss in our house is having a fire place.

My sister and I had breakfast at the Cracker Barrel this weekend. It was the first time this season they had the fire burning and we were seated very close to it.

We both agreed it seemed like autumn with it burning (she was visiting the Midwest from Florida and was constantly cold). :)

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Well, it was 85 today, so our first fire in the house is a ways off...sigh.

Wish I were there enjoying it with you...maybe some day ! =)

Love,
Katherine

Anonymous said...

"One of my favorite things to do is order the cord of wood"

I had to chuckle at this...growing up in the Pacific Northwest my siblings and I were on 'wood detail' quite often in the fall/winter months. This meant spending whole Saturdays and afternoons after school going w/ Dad up logging roads; him chainsawing the fallen trees into rounds and all of us 'troops' loading them into the bed of the truck. I think my only fun memories are the rides up and down the mountain! (Dodging log trucks, no less!)

I do like a wood fire, but am glad I have graduated from 'wood detail'!

M.M.

Mac an Rothaich said...

Hello, linked from prairie chick...

Lovely warm post:)

I grew up cutting the trees down with my parents and preping them for winter warmth need and I don't think I thought of it romanically back then but now that I am a city dweller I often wish for those kind of down to earth pleasures again:)

Bless you and your cozy home!

Kate said...

We agree - my husband & I find it so very satisfying to run our woodstove and enjoy the heat, the smells, the reminder of the simpler aspects of life, the cheaper heat bills! Things like that are so much more important when life turns busy, confusing, larger than it should be, even downright ugly. I'm so glad that God gives His children eyes to see those things. They bring contentment and peace.

Lizbeth said...

Just started reading your blog and I find it so lovely and very inspiring. Wood-fires are the best...nothing beats that smell on a cold night.