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Expectations for only You.

June 8, 2012

Saying sorry often brings the expectations that the other person will be sorry too…
but you can’t expect that… you need to release your expectations in that area.
You can only do what you can do…in the end they are on their own path….and their path may not include being sorry.
So you need to surround yourself with others whose path seems more in line to where you are going.
It doesn’t make other peoples paths right…it doesn’t make them wrong…just different then yours.
I sleep soundly knowing my expectation has to be on my behavior and not theirs.

So I wake up and put a chicken in the oven and answer the voicemails.

I gather a colander of mint and set it to steep.

I hand Him my expectations for the day as I watch the bright tea leaves bobble up and down in the tinted water.

“Let my place be Your place… let them feel Your peace”


Tired people who need to relax are coming to enjoy time at the farm.
Kids run~hop~jump~spin catching butterflies.
A break in the day of being a mama as the  kids splash content in a baby pool lined with sherbet colored ponies.
New friends trace the condensation on the outside of icy mint tea glasses as they tell the stories shared in a space of safety.
Laughing loud between bites of chicken curry sandwiches with hands over our mouths we exchange stories about the crazy wonderful things husbands do.


~I want to paint something interesting… but my brain is still full of birds…so I painted another recipe card to try and shoo the birds away.  Feel free to print the card onto card stock if you would like it IT is the very best chicken curry salad you could hope to eat…I add a touch more honey and it is so good.  I admit I often just eat it plain …err..for breakfast, it’s really that good!  Go ahead and click on the picture and then just print it…and while you are at it take the other one too! ~T

shared with 5minFriday, Jennifer at StudioJRU, PPF, and Debbies. and GNOWFLIGNS

24 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2012 4:54 pm

    I agree its better to surround yourself with people whose path seems to be going the direction you are .

    Your chicken salad looks really yummy!

  2. June 8, 2012 5:06 pm

    I’m going out right now to snip some sweet mint leaves from the plant I put in the ground last week and savor the quiet knitting time I have right now. Wish you were here and we could chat it up about the people and gifts we have in our lives. You bless me T.

    • June 8, 2012 6:58 pm

      oh girl! (Cheers!) I am drinking the tea too!
      I would love to sit and chat…what fun.

  3. June 8, 2012 5:10 pm

    Basing expectations on my behavior ONLY is exactly what I’m trying to learn right now. Thanks. (Visiting from Five Minute Friday)

  4. June 8, 2012 5:43 pm

    Pretty Please make a book of your fabulous recipe cards????
    thanks for sharing!

    • June 8, 2012 7:01 pm

      oh you… you are funny.
      I guess being a momma of 7 and someone who is always feeding groups of 30 or more…makes me appear to be a cook… but I don’t really think of myself that way.
      I will keep making them as they come…we shall see.
      you humble me with your kind words…and make me smile huge!

      • June 8, 2012 9:53 pm

        Hi T! I’m sharing each one on my face-book page ( as they come ) and you are developing a following! 🙂 Keep up the fun and creative work… really, the cards are precious!

      • June 8, 2012 10:04 pm

        oh my gosh ..I could squeeze your cheeks…:)
        it’s funny that people appreciate them…I love it…and it just makes me shake my head and smile.

  5. marycnasser permalink
    June 8, 2012 6:50 pm

    I love your painted recipe cards! They are so sweet and delightful!
    Happy PPF!!

  6. June 8, 2012 8:48 pm


    Loved your photographs … and you’re so right – in the end, we’re only responsible for our own choices, and no one else’s.

    • June 8, 2012 10:05 pm

      such simplicity…so why is it something we have to work so hard to remember?

  7. June 8, 2012 9:56 pm

    I forgot to tell you that one friend has made your strawberry quick cake twice since I posted your beautiful recipe card for it… and she in turn posted a pic of her cake ( before it was gobbled up ) Neat huh?

    • June 8, 2012 10:06 pm

      OH that is wonderful. I would have loved to seen her blog. I have made it a bunch of times too.
      strawberry season is just about over where we live…I feel like I should have made more jam but I kept making cake.

  8. June 9, 2012 12:14 am

    Love your photos! And what a brilliant way to share a delicious recipe!! Happy PPF!

  9. somethingsketchycarolmckenna permalink
    June 9, 2012 8:03 am

    Wonderful post ~ agree ~ hang out with ‘kindred spirits’ ~ lovely recipe and design is wonderful! ~ thanks, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor) (blogger/google)

  10. June 9, 2012 10:36 am

    beautiful prayer for our homes…let my place be Your place…let them feel Your peace…oh T those cards…I can see a set of them coming soon:)

  11. mimitabby permalink
    June 9, 2012 11:05 am

    wonderful butterfly photo!
    happy PPF

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  12. studiojru permalink
    June 9, 2012 5:02 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful time relaxing with friends! This looks like a fantastic recipe to enjoy together too! Love your recipe card!

  13. June 10, 2012 11:08 am

    What a delightful day…that shot of the kids looking at the butterfly on the clover is a prize winner!!!! HPPF on Sunday!

  14. June 11, 2012 9:03 am

    Sounds good! Hope your friends found refreshment at your farm 🙂 And I LOVE the butterfly photo – beautiful! Visiting from Studio JRU

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