This is what real community looks like…

by gidget on April 19, 2012

in community,gratitude,love God + love others

My happy place.

I’m working my way through a shoulder injury. It’s really hard to “rest” a shoulder when you have a nursing 10-month old and a beefy 2-year old.

That little injury has done some good though. It has enabled me to receive some amazing little (and not-so-little) gifts and glimpses of what real community looks like. (Then again, some of these gifts have nothing to do with my shoulder and everything to do with God knitting together His believers into a loving, fellowship of DO-ers of the Word.)

Gifts like a community group potluck that refreshes the tummy and the soul.


Gifts like friends who come over and pull weeds and mulch and build garden fences… when they could be working in their own yard.

Gifts like a sweet friend and neighbor who takes my kids for the afternoon and evening so I can enjoy Opening Day with my hubby (for the first time ever!).

Gifts like a friendly guy wrangling my 2-year old for me from escaping the lunch area at our community meal when I couldn’t pick him up.


Gifts like a soul sister friend vacuuming my house… while holding my baby for me. And loading my kids into car seats for me. And lifting my stroller in and out of my car for me whenever she’s around.

Gifts like my dad stopping by on a tough day just to help entertain my kids for a bit and break up a day at home for us. And picking up my CSA box for me. And bringing me yummy chips.

Gifts like my husband taking a day off in the midst of a busy week to bear a bit of the physical burden that is parenting these little ones all day. And taking the 2-year old to his yearly well visit. And grocery shopping for me. And bringing me a green tea freddo and a Peet’s gift card. (Not all on the same day, but pleasantly spaced out over the last couple of weeks).

Why yes, those are farm fresh eggs going to waste...

So I’m just really grateful, and humbled. Focusing on that today (and not on the eggs I cracked on the floor and the three-hour deep cleaning visit that I had to schedule with the dentist after my cleaning this morning).

God is good.

And look, I blogged! So that’s something.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather :) :) :) April 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Oh, that really makes me smile to hear how you’ve been loved on my friends and family. That’s so important. I’m having one of those days today…and I”m so thankful that my dad is just there to encourage me and do nice things for me :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather ;) :)

p.s. I love that first photo of the coastline. It almost reminds me of the central coast of California :)
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Linda Z April 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Glad you are enjoying such sweet community. What a blessing. :)


brooke April 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Hey girl. Hope u are feeling better soon! Sorry your a bit down for the count, but i love seeing the hands and feet of Christ at work! Xo


Karen Penfold September 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hi Gidget,
Ran across our blog through Amy and New Nostalgia blog. So blessed to have Amy as a dear friend. I love your blog and completely relate to the way you describe the blessing of community. I was blessed with the same (still am :)) from the moment Iwas diagnosed with Breast Cancer almost 3 years ago.

Also loved your post on less stuff….. trying to clean out a cupboard, draw, closet a week and give away and through out STUFF!!!

In Hope,


gidget September 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hi Karen, Thank you for visiting, and for commenting! :) It’s encouraging to hear about your experience with being blessed by community!


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