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Monday, September 13, 2010

Friends You Love Blog Hop-A Wake Up Call

I'm linking up with Friends You Love!

This month is about building friendships and making our existing friendships stronger...

We challenge you to dig into your "followers" list and find a follower you don't know well (someone who doesn't comment regularly) and reach out to them and ask them to do a guest post on YOUR blog.
Link up with your guest post and have your new friend (guest poster) link up as well!

We will be running this blog hop every Monday this month,
so spread the word, spread the love, and darn it, go make some new friends!


I'm so excited to be joining Friends You Love this morning!

Meet Sara from Life's Recipes.

Anytime I've visited her blog I am always entertained with a great story or good laugh.
She's absolutley a friend I love, and one I want to know better!
Her posts make me feel like I'm right there in her living room,
and I always want to come back for a visit!

When I asked her to do this guest post, she actually asked me to do one for her too!
Trade? OK!!

Sara drops an ever precious "Y'all" in just about every post, and I love it!

If you haven't met her yet, go by today and give her some comment love.
You'll see why she's so loveable after you read this post!

At the beginning of the summer, I went to see some Mennonites with my sister in law. I know that sounds like a random day trip, but we had a purpose. She belongs to a raw milk and egg co-op and it was her day to drive up to Kentucky to pick up the groups purchases. Naturally I had nothing to do, so I tagged along.

Y'all, I'm a big fan of modern conveniences. I get super frustrated if my phone or laptop isn't working. Clorox wipes and pre- sliced bread? Yes please. I'm all about anything that's meant to just make life easier. Lazy? Maybe. I prefer to think of it as time management. Because really? Who wants to peel a bunch of carrots if you can get them all ready to go?

The trip there took about 45 minutes. And in that small space of time? We were transported back in time. At least, that's how it felt to me. For the Mennonites, it is just their life today. At the first farm, it was laundry day. On my laundry day? I throw some stuff in a machine, (complaining the entire time about how it's not a pretty front loading version). This family? Harnesses their horse, who will walk in a circle, lap after lap, just to make the washer run. And their dryer? Clotheslines strung across the yard. There's no complaining, there's no whining, and there's no wishing for a better, newer model. It just is what it is. At the second farm, we picked out some fresh produce and locally made honey. The man running the little stand used a notebook to add up our totals, and took his time to make sure we had correct change. His daughter pulled up in their little buggy as we were walking back to the car. She stopped and answered some questions about the little bunnies that were for sale. Everything was a slower pace, like a nice deep breath, full of fresh air.

And while I'm not about to give up air conditioning and central plumbing anytime soon, I envied the peacefulness of their community. They are content to work hard, not to get ahead, but to maintain. They aren't distracted by their possessions or new gadgets. And while I love those things, I'm guilty of poor priorities. My mind is cluttered, and I'm easily distracted in my purpose. The things that hold my attention, aren't as worthy as what I should be focused on. I take advantage of my surroundings, and don't always use my blessings to bless others. I'm grateful for the wake- up call that these people unknowingly provided me....


See what I mean? I found this post to be a great reminder for me!
Thanks, Sara!



At September 13, 2010 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Di said...

I love Sara's blog too. She never fails to make me laugh. What a great reminder too of what is really important. Sometimes we forget about the simple things in life!

At September 13, 2010 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

Y'all are both on my top 10 list!

That reminds me... I told hubs that I either want to tour Amish country or go farther north to enjoy the fall color changes next year for our 10 year anniversary.

I love the slower life... or imagining it even if I don't live it much.

At September 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM , Blogger purseblogger said...

I loved that. It is a huge lesson for us. What a great post.

Off to her blog!

At September 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM , Blogger Shell said...

I love both of you! :)

At September 13, 2010 at 3:26 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Hey Adrienne, I hope you had a great weekend my friend! What a nice blog hop! It is great to strengthen blog relationships and meet new super bloggers. There are so many great blogs out there! Have a good day!

Mama Hen

At September 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM , Blogger Inspiring You To Save! said...

Visiting from the Blog Hops! I love your site. I can't wait to get to know you better. Stop by when you get the chance. I have a Meet Me Monday blog hop and I would love if you could join in. Its the first thing posted on my site.

At September 14, 2010 at 1:47 AM , Blogger Colie's Kitchen said...

You have a great blog!! I am really enjoying looking around. Thanks for sharing!! I am now a new follower!! Nicole @ BTW I found you on a blog hop!

At September 14, 2010 at 2:50 PM , Blogger Together We Save said...

Thanks for sharing I will have to check it out.

At September 14, 2010 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

She is great, isn't she?~

At February 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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