We have been blessed with a community garden plot a few blocks away. I thought it would be fun for the children to dig around and play outdoors. . .I THOUGHT!! Digging is fun until mommy plants things, then where they were allowed to dig before is suddenly sacred ground! Also as more people begin their gardens, there are more things for them to trample.
So, needless to say, we all go to the garden together, but only to do little things here or there, or just to water. Today I got a good hour in the garden by myself (I love you Jeremy, thanks!!!) and finished most of my plantings. I didn’t get a photo, but I will soon, as I do want to keep a photo journal of the progress.
First I started with some FREE compost off craig’s list. Yay for living around TONS of horse farms! Then I tossed in some coffee grounds, a HUGE bag of them FREE from Starbuck’s. . .for those of you who need one more reason to love this place, here it is! The children helped me dig for worms (there were lots to start with) and turn the soil, pull the weeds, and plant things.
Today when I went to plant some of the last few seedlings, I found at least TWICE the earthworms in each shovel I turned over. Gotta’ love that compost!
So here’s an inventory from our 7X14-foot garden:
- three rows of bush green beans (planted in succession so we should get a steady harvest in the summer)
- 4 kinds of tomatoes, including lots of romas for italian food
- red bell peppers
- broccoli (we won’t get much in the spring, but more in the fall)
- zinnias (flowers)
Here is a picture of my pot herb garden with some kale I HAD to try to grow for zuppa tuscana (Olive Garden soup)
The herb garden contains in three pots:
and more zinnias
They are growing up, and by God’s grace they are learning more about God’s grace and understand who Jesus is! Some days I want to freeze time, so here’s my attempt at capturing their sweetness for you!
I love the photo of the children and a few of their friends playing outside – notice Micah (in the middle between Merry and Elijah) is playing with all the BIG children now! Freedom is so sweet to him!
This is their Sunday school class. . .they are mature enough to start anticipating days ahead, and Sunday is usually a much-anticipated day!
I have taken a break from blogging lately as I delve into the real world of being a mommy, wife and other things I have been doing. Just for fun, and as a form of excuse for not blogging, I thought I would post our family schedule for history’s sake:
Sunday: Our FAVORITE day of the week. . .Sunday school, church, visiting with friends, lunch outside if it is warm enough, quiet time and naps, studying, then back to church for evening service and children’s choir practice.
Monday: Laundry day, playdate with Madison and her mommy usually, lunch, a little school, quiet time, playing outside, Jeremy goes to class or studies from about 9-5 and in the evening when I go to our friends’ house for my Arabic lessons.
Tuesday: School, going to the community garden to work, Jeremy again has lots of classes today and studies in between, then comes home in the afternoon around 4 to take Merry and Elijah to motor skills class up at the seminary. After dinner and baths, Jeremy studies more and I lead the ladies’ Bible study in the book of Joshua.
Wednesday: Some school, lunch, Jeremy usually writes papers or works on projects on this day in his office or at the library, I may do some grocery shopping, playing outside if it is warm, in the afternoon we have an early dinner then head out to AWANA with little William, and the Nepali Bible study that Jeremy teaches at church. I do child care for that with Micah. . .late bedtimes for the children by the time we get home, but it is sweet because we have been with the Body of Christ!
Thursday: Hopefully some school with the children, a field trip, playdates, playing outside, or working at the garden, another heavy class day for Jeremy, dinner and more studying for Jeremy as I head to Seminary Wives’ Institute for my class for the evening.
Friday: Hopefully some housecleaning, prep for weekend activities if we have them, if Jeremy is heading to Reserves, we prepare to be car-less for the weekend. In the afternoon Jeremy takes the afternoon off from studying and plays with the children so I can have a half-day off. I get errands done, study, read, meet with friends or catch up on things I haven’t been able to do all week. Usually in the evening we do something with friends.
Saturday: Every week is different. Fun things, time with each other and Jeremy studies minimally, so this day is precious! In the evening, we prepare for church, taking baths and setting out clothes so Sunday morning is smooth.
Yesterday was a wonderful day. . .so wonderful that I’ve had a hard time deciding which was the REAL highlight of my day: reuniting with some of our church family from South Carolina, hearing RC Sproul, Al Mohler and Mark Dever speak, or noticing some lilies of the valley (our wedding flowers) blooming out my window!!
Jeremy and I have been married 12 years and I’ve tried growing these flowers before, and it has just never worked. We’ve lived seven different places, and this location is, by far, the worst location of those seven, when it comes to nature (we are in the city in a tiny apartment). But outside my little kitchen window I can see a mass of these beautiful flowers, just growing wild on a CLIFF pushing through wild ivy and other stuff! It feels like a special gift straight from the God who made me and knew I would see it as a personal gift from HIM (Matthew 6:25-34). RC Sproul, Al Mohler and other great men spoke to over 7,000 people, BUT God, HIMSELF speaks straight to me. . . how can that compare??? My heart worships more humbly tonight.