April 22, 2009

An Acorn...a creation of a thousand forests...

This award was created by Bella and Ces in honor of their friend Renee.
In Bella's own words "This is a brand new award and I have the pleasure and honor of spreading the seed, watching it grow. I hope it finds it's way to those who are like Renee: the acorn, a small package becoming a tall and sturdy oak, giving more acorns, becoming tall and sturdy oaks, giving acorns..."

I was honored to have this award presented to me by my friend Koralee from Blue Bird Notes.

So I had to think...what does it really mean to be an "Acorn"?

"An acorn is a nut, containing a single seed, enclosed in a tough, leathery shell."

Well, ok, I can be "nutty" at times, and I do hold a single heart and soul, ..but the tough, leathery shell? Really...me? Perhaps that is where I need to look at myself a bit more closely. A tough shell is good for self protection, but unless I can also be soft and pliable how I can I touch and produce other little acorns?

"The two most critical components for caring for acorns that are to be planted are: not allowing the acorns to dry out for an extended period and not allowing the acorns to heat up. Acorns will lose their ability to germinate very quickly if allowed to dry out."

Being an acorn is quite a responsibility...I must water and nourish the other acorns so they do not become dry & withered...I must act quickly, tending to their needs when I see them arid and thirsty...if they are not nurtured and provided shade and relief, they will not be able to grow and flourish.

"The best time to collect acorns, either off the tree or from the ground, is when they begin falling."

It's just that simple...I must help others when they may be only in need of a light hand or a soft touch...a kind word or a small gesture....It is up to me to catch them when they first begin to fall rather then when they have been laying on the ground for some time already quite parched from the harsh sun! I cannot wait for them to ask for my help, but I must always be looking at where I can pick them up!

"Acorns germinate on different schedules, depending on their place in the oak family."

I must not expect others to mature and grow on my schedule or in my timing. Each acorn has its own path to take...its own perfect script... I can guide and even teach...but I must ultimately allow God's plan and pruning to take hold.

"An English proverb states that Great oaks from little acorns grow, urging the listener to wait for maturation of a project or idea.

Wow...do I really deserve this award? Can I honestly live up to its expectations?
Certainly not on my own...but with God as "my Acorn"... "my Oak"..."my Sheltering Tree"...I may...and I will try...each day... to water, feed, nourish and lift up each little acorn that falls into my path.
"And one of these days, perhaps, will see
that the world will be the better for me."

Thank you, Koralee & of course, Renee!

I am passing this award along to my sweet niece, Breezy at the Pink Door.
As a wife, young mother, sister, daughter, niece, grand daughter, cousin and friend...she is living her life as an example of God's leading and is a role model and inspiration to my four daughters!
I know she will accept the challenge to be an "Acorn"


grammy said...

Hi, I just came over to visit from Life Blessings. Loved the whole oak tree post. I like that award. It is very cute. I like the way you use small and large text with a sprikeling of color. It was very inviting. My friend collects appel things (o: I have a 23 year old son(o: I visited your sisters blog (o: Thought I shold make that soup (o: well anyway I enjoyed visiting.

Charmingdesigns said...

Thanks for coming over to visit my blog. I've been running across quite a few Oregonians lately...We need to craft when the clouds are overhead.lol. Love all your apples. laurie

Lori said...

congrats on your award Carrie:) Breezy sounds like a very sweet girl!!!

Renee said...

And Carrie so I arrived, and here I was in the form of an award.

Thank you Carrie this is so beautifully written and I love the comment that you left on my blog.

I will be here often dear friend and hopefully we can water each other.

How blessed you are to have five children.

Renee xoxoo

Deborah said...

Well, hello Carrie, I am ever so happy to meet you! My garden will be fried by the time yours blooms! I refuse to face the reality that I live in a desert, so I have shade areas where I care for the plants as if they were small children. Hair. Yes. I had grown mine out into that bob you see on my blog, but that was the ONLY time it looked that cute! I do prefer it the way it is now, but alas, eventually that will change, for hair is simply an accessory. LOVE your blog. I shall visit again! **blows kisses** Deborah

Wendy said...

Hi, Carrie, I also came over because I read about your hair styles from your comments on Deborah's blog. I do the exact same thing. Short hair, then long, then longer, then short, then shorter, then long, then short again. It's fun! I hate to look the same all the time. So I don't!

Congrats on your award. Nice post with lots of thoughts to ponder.
Will check out your blog. I like your look.

koralee said...

Wow...What a beautiful post...your words will stay with me...i now know this was the perfect award for you my dear!!!What a blessing this blog has been to me...finding new friends to share and grow together...many blessings as you go about your day today!!

Kathy S. said...

Hi over here! Thanks for visiting my blog, and leaving a comment!

I loved this post! How we need one another and also need to allow one another room to grow.

I have always looked at the acorn (I rake up quite a few in the spring!) as a representation of me (being the nut~lol) and Jesus being the shell (as in the armor...&) "put on Christ" He is my shield and defender, etc.

I keep a few in a little bottle in my kitchen for a reminder.

Diane said...

Congratulations, What a special award. Very well deserved. Love it!
Hugs, Diane

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Sweet post!!! And I wanted to tell you how CUTE your Header pic is! : )

Utah Grammie said...

What a great thought to have - to be an acorn and grow and give - beautiful post - lovely award. Have a fun and fantastic week-end :-)

BECKY said...

Carrie, what a thought-filled post!! I think you are the perfect person for this award from what I know of you so far!! :o)

You are a joy and an encouragement to me, and I so appreciate your kind, caring ways!! You've already made blogland a nicer place to be!!

Hope you have a lovely weekend, sweet gal!!
Hugs 'n joy,

Patti Cakes said...

Hi Carrie! How are you?

When I got home from work John was cleaning out my goldfish pond.

I've been asking him to get out the power washer to use on the house. Got tired of waiting so I started cleaning the front of the house with the garden hose. I have so much work to do on the house, and yard, and flower garden.

I wish I had the energy to do all the things that need to be done.

I will have to read all your post. I see you have recipes. YUM!

Thanks for stopping by.


debi @ life in my studio said...

Congratulations on being given this award. I love the way you looked at the definition of the acorn and looked at how it pertains to people and their actions.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a beautiful post Carrie - congratulations on the award! We are big fans of Renee and it is wonderful to see her birthday award travel around the world to such deserving people.

Connie said...

Hi Carrie,
This was a nice post ! I like the one's where we have to think about things for awhile.
You asked about my header and the long green bench. I wish it was in my living room, but it comes close. Those are my colors, but I had two benches and they were extremly narrow. One of them I spilled water 7 times getting up from the couch, so it had to go elsewhere. (12" wide)
Recently I found one a bit wider and very sturdy at TJ Maxx and home it came and I love it. I will sand and strip it a bit to give it that worn look now. (15" wide)

Cathy said...

Congratulations on your award...and what a beautiful award!!!

I love your story about the acorn...lovely!!! I am a big believer in God's perfect timing and living according to his will. It seems whenever I do anything else...it fails.

Thank you so much for becoming a follower of my blog!!! I love having sweet people like you in my life!!!

God bless!!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a beautifully done piece on the acorn. It was so meaningful, and we cause me to look at the acorn in a different light. Also, thank you for introducing me to the Pink Door blog. I enjoyed my visit, and realized quickly that she was a special lady.

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