Country Life: Enjoying the Beauty of God’s Creation

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Enjoying the Beauty of God’s Creation

Loving living in the country—except for the BIG spiders!

by Joanne Troppello

Last year, my husband and I moved out to the country from a more suburban area. You can read more about our experience in my article, How Moving Next Door to My Sister Changed My Life.

In case you missed my first-ever Sunflower Quest interview, here’s the video of my interview with my sister, Lori.

We’ve enjoyed country life a lot—except for the huge wolf spiders that resided in the home before we moved in. Thankfully, my husband works for a pest control company and his manager allows the employees to use their pest control products at home. So, the spider issue this Fall is a lot better than it was when we moved here last September; and I’ve gotten a lot braver at killing spiders!

Living in the country has afforded me many opportunities to be outside and just sit and relax in peace and quiet. We moved next door to my sister and her two girls and got the chance to do a joint family garden this year. I documented our journey with the garden and you can watch those videos at my YouTube channel, Sunflower Quest. The following video documents a time this summer when my sister and her daughters and I picked some ripe vegetables from our garden.

When I was younger, my family moved a lot and I attended three different high schools. Moving and making new friends was not always fun. However, back then, my family lived in country settings—which I always loved.

After I got married, my husband and I lived in the duplex he and his parents owned in Philadelphia, PA. We didn’t live in Center City, but in Northeast Philly. We moved twice after that into the suburbs, and then recently out to the country. This is not our “forever” home, but we definitely know that we’d love to live in the country again when we have our new home built. Of course, we’re believing God to direct our pathway, but we’d love to keep living in the country.

I love poetry and that has meshed well with my love for nature. I wrote the following poem describing a beautiful nature scene that was depicted in a painting my mom had bought for my bedroom, a long time ago when I was a pre-teen and got my own room.

Early Morning View –The doe and fawn

With a dainty tug of the hand,

she sweeps back white lace sheers,

peering out the big bay window.

A field of expansive green grass

borders a deep, dense forest

of pines, blue spruce, oak, and elm.

Sunrise mist hangs over the

thin blades and green leaves

and needles like a thick homemade

quilt adding cozy cheer to a room.

She wonders how it would feel

to traipse around barefoot

across the wet, cushiony grass.

Her thoughts grow heavy.

She hasn’t yet seen it since

she’s moved up here.

The brown-eyed creature was

so perfect in her dream last night.

Why did it fail to come, now

when she needed to see its beauty.

Turning dejectedly, she releases

the lace curtains—then sees movement

through the creamy white lace.

The brown-eyed doe has returned

with her small speckled fawn.

© Joanne Troppello

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; 12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
(Psalm 96:11-12, NKJV)

What about you? Do you love nature and the beauty of God’s creation?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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