Lost and Found

When we bought this house, it had a cast iron dinner bell outside. It was taken off when we did some replacements of rotted parts of our mudroom years ago.  Ever since, I have not been able to find it. I looked in the barn, garage, cellar way, cellar.  No one remembered moving it. No one knew where it went. I honestly had assumed it was accidentally thrown away. Today I just so happened to move a piece of wood in the woodshed and lo and behold, I found it!!!  I am over the moon!!!  I cleaned it up and am planning a fresh coat of paint.  It was a bit more of a search, but I also found the cast iron stick to ding it with (not picture). All was located and is ready to use.

To be honest, life as of late has had numerous trials. The work of the mama of the house is one that is forever going, always trying and struggling to not grow weary. It seems three steps ahead and maybe five steps back lately. Will I ever complete anything?  Am I doing the right things? Will the 'to do' list ever get shorter?  How can I even do the things I ought to do for me? Is my best enough? I'd like to say this isn't my internal dialogue, but it is.  It's hard to keep the energy when it feels like life is a treadmill going a few clicks too fast and the dial to turn down the speed is missing.

The turning up of the dinner bell came at a time when my self doubting was rambling on. It made me stop in my tracks and turn the tide. The dinner bell is a story of hope.  Something I had lost was to be found. Something missing was located. The problem worked itself out.  It was right here, all these years under my nose.  Certainly not the timeline I expected, but it all worked out in the end.

Sometimes the day to day overwhelms. Planting one seed at a time, awaiting the harvest is tiring work that requires patience. I have faith the harvest will be grand. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galations 6:9). 

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