Monday, June 29, 2009

Russell's Turn Once Again

I don't normally contribute to the blog all that much. But, I must make an exception in this case.

For those of you that know Shireen know that she consistently gives so much for me. I couldn't ask for a more supportive and complimentary wife. Having said that, many of you know that Shireen has never had much desire to do the whole 'homemaking' thing. Don't get me wrong. We work well together at keeping the house, doing the chores, caring for Rhys, etc. But to decorate, entertain, to hostess fine dining, etc. The whole fru-fru thing is simply not something she has really cared for.

She has always offered to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for me. I nearly always accept. But like many of us we focus on the task, not the presentation, normally opting for the path of least resistance, cutting corners, just accomplishing the task in a nitty-gritty kind of way. Shireen is no different....until now.

She recently borrowed a book by Edith Schaeffer called "The Hidden Art of Homemaking". I'm loving it!! We've gone from breakfast, a simple omelet and toast to this:

This morning I come in from a run and begin loading my car for the day's work. Shireen offers to fix breakfast. I accept. Later she calls me in for breakfast. Instead of the usual omelet and juice there before me is a work of art! She not only went the extra mile to add hash browns (one of my favorites) but cherries too. More than that she intentionally spruced things up with a place mat and candles. Wow, she outdoes herself.

Being raised in south Louisiana I've picked up a few words that are not so common outside that area. One is 'lagniappe'. It simply means something extra. Most people would explain it by saying the 13th donut in a baker's dozen is lagniappe. Offering just a little more, giving an added value above the standard makes all the difference in the world.

Thank you Shireen for giving a little extra! It's great to be so loved!

Take time today to offer lagniappe in whatever it is that you'll do.


Darby said...

Yum-O!! Shireen, what a wonderful servant you are to Russell... it looks delightful! I'm coming for breakfast in the morning!

tami said...

AWESOME! What a joy to watch the both of you grow not only in who you each are individually but also in the way you work together and live as a family. Now, Russ, make sure you give Shireen lagniappe in what you give to her ;) Knowing you both, I'm sure that this is how you live your daily life. It is refreshing and inspiring to have the honor of being near you... (if not physically, then at least in heart!)

Whitney said...

Thank you for sharing that, Russell. Tomorrow will be the first of many days I will offer a little extra to Jason. It is a blessing to keep up with your family; I hope I get to see you soon. Happy Fourth of July, and thank you for your service!

Dave and Carrie Tyson said...

Awe!!! That is so sweet of you Russell to commend her publicly. It is an encouragement to me to make more of an effort here at my home, wherever it may be. Thank you for sharing. Sounds like a great book to read. And Russell, you do have one of the best wives ever! She is such a blessing to watch, learn from, and to have in my life. The Lord is greatly glorified through you guys! Love you and miss you!