- Blueberries were gone early this year! There were no blueberries to be found because of the hot summer we’ve been having – they had all ripened & been picked. So we decided to pick peaches. We’d never picked peaches before – fun!
- Picking was so much fun we decided to pick something else. We stopped at Sovers where they said they had 5 different crops ready for U-pick! JACKPOT! So we went to pick grapes – bitter, apples – not really ripe, and blackberries – oops they were are gone. But we had so much fun wandering around the grape orchard & seeing how they grow. Plus, we got some wonderful Michigan cherries, pitted and all.
- Massive Migraine at midnight! After some Tylenol and a 45 minute shower I was starting to feel better. First of all, how blessed am I that the bathrooms were so close & that the showers were free, clean, and there was lots of warm water – even at midnight! The real special moment was sitting at our picnic table and watching the beautiful full moon, listened to the crickets, and reflecting.
- Big storm! We had only been at the beach a couple hours when we heard thunder – ergh! The downside to sleeping in a tent is it’s not a safe spot when there is lightening. So… we got dressed and drove around. Blessings: yummy lunch at Cracker Barrel (plus a great view of the lightening & downpour!) and the inside of our tent stayed 100% dry. But what really tickled our feathers was that after the storm there were great waves at the beach! The kids & I had a blast riding the waves!
I am a BIG plan it person; like most things, that can be an advantage and/or a disadvantage. The disadvantage is that it is easy to get frustrated when things don’t go according to my plans & I miss some wonderful moments. You know – taking lemons and making lemonade kind of idea!
But not this weekend……I stayed focused on intentionally enjoying the moments, even if it wasn’t what I had planned.
We spent a long weekend at Warren Dunes State Park in Michigan. A gorgeous, well-maintained beach & state campground. We planned to go blueberry picking to finish off our Blueberries for Sal week & stock up for winter. Then we planned to camp & enjoy the beach. Here are the moments I would have missed if I’d just focused on what didn’t go according to my plans:
You get the idea. Life is filled with moments that don’t go according to our plans. How foolish we are when we don’t realize that God has a better plan! Sometimes, if’ we are really watching, we can see the better plan – like this weekend. Other times, when sickness or death strike a loved one, it is harder to see. But God has a master plan that is so much better than ours – in EVERY way! He can see the big picture! I am so glad that my life is not limited by my plans.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11