Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Country in the Cul-de-sac

I distinctly remember sitting and crying after we signed papers on this house almost 3 years ago. It was banked owned and the previous owners had done nothing with the property. There was no grass, only weeds. No flowers and no flower beds and there were no trees. There was nothing, except a quarter acre of weeds. 

Judah had just discovered how wonderful it is to play outside and after signing those papers, I realized that my boy wouldn't have any trees to play in. Well, let's fast forward a few years. God has been so faithful to us here. 

Tonight we had our first salad of the year from the garden and although we aren't really "country", we've brought our piece of country into this cul-de-sac.

Lettuce, spinach and cilantro from the garden for tonight's taco salad. 
Since moving in almost 3 years ago, we've planted everything from fruit trees, to willows, to hydrangeas, to roses, lilacs and bulbs. We've built garden beds, planted  herbs given to us from friends. Planted rhubarb, flowers and veggies. My husband has worked his tail off getting rid of those weeds and now we have beautiful grass. I truly am so thankful every time I see a bird in one of our trees or see a flower that we planted bloom.
Right now we have strawberries growing. These were given to us from Judah's preschool teacher's Mom. Our little community is the best. Plants from friends just seem extra special, you know?
And of course, we have these 6 ladies. They're just more and more fun all the time. Now they want to follow us around the yard. My next thing is learning how to compost their manure for the garden. Today I had the most fun conversation with our pediatrician about this and once again, I love this little town. You take your daughter in for her well-child appointment and end up getting inspired to compost your manure. See, you really never know what's going to happen!


We also have lettuce growing right now and since we have a limited garden space, I have it growing in containers. It works---quite well actually!
 The peas are getting tall and looking to climb. I really need to get out there and set up a trellis for them.

Cosmos and cilantro are growing along the chicken coop. Don't you just love cosmos? I wish I had a whole field of this stuff!

 Basil and some other flowers are also planted next to the coop.
This year I planted Marigolds next to the broccoli. I hope they keep the bugs away!
 My broccoli is floppy, but it's growing well so, we'll see!
 We have chives, mint, rosemary, thyme and dill growing, too.

 This garden bed has garlic, spinach, beets and carrots.



 So, that's what our garden is up to these days. I need to start zucchini and pumpkins and get ready to plant corn sometime soon. Isn't this time of year fun?

What are you growing right now?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Bloopers

A few bloopers from our before-church photo shoot yesterday. You know, just in case your kids didn't smile perfectly at the camera either. We did get some good ones, but I have to share these funny ones, because they make me almost fall out of my chair laughing.

I told them it wouldn't take long, AS LONG as everyone looked at the camera, smiled and cooperated. After all, it's Easter and it shouldn't be too much to get a great family photo, with all 3 kids looking genuinely happy right?

I wish I had clever captions for these, but I think I ate too many peanut butter eggs yesterday and my brain still isn't functioning properly. I honestly have nothing.... zippo....nada.  

I'm working with photos tonight, and very, very few words. I just can't do it. Too many eggs, I'm telling ya. The good news is that the peanut butter egg hangover should be better in a few days and we'll all be back to normal. 

Easter bloopers.







Our day was really wonderful. My Dad came to church with us and then after that, my Mom and Step-dad came over and we all had lunch together. We did an Easter Egg hunt for the kids, ate way too much ham and spent the afternoon together.

Here are a few more Easter memories:





 While the kids were hunting for eggs, we found this real Robin's Egg in the grass. Kind of fun!





 Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

This Moment// The Most Beautiful Mess




A Friday ritual. Photos - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Before I share our moment, I must confess that I've never colored eggs with my kids until today. After this fun morning with cousins, I can't believe I waited this long. These colors make my heart sing. I see lots of egg coloring in our future. It's the most beautiful mess.















He came not only to give us eternal life, but to give us tiny little gifts all day long that would make our hearts feel like they could burst with His goodness. Gifts like color, laughter, music, sunshine and people that love us in our mess. He came to give us life and we were created to see His astonishing beauty everywhere. He created us to be awake to His love, to His forgiveness and to all that He offers us. He didn't just die for us a long time ago, but He came to make us free today. I'm so thankful that He knows me and loves me, even though I've messed up so many times.

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

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