garden

Less of me.

I remember posting about organization and gardening. It feels like a whole lifetime ago. Before I get all angsty here, I’ll share a few changes from this past year:

Last March/April we started training for foster care through a wonderful Christian agency. We had foster care and adoption on our hearts since we were first married. Basically youths. Little babies, dreaming a big dream.

The Monday after our training ended, (our last class was CPR/First Aid on a Saturday) we were thrown into a new world. When I checked on E. he has having a seizure in his bed. It’s hard to think about what happened during the moments that followed. It’s been nearly a year, and with time the realness fades a bit. In a heartbeat… the sound of sirens, hearing songs or bible verses we clung to during that time… the memories come flooding back, nearly choking me. I know it’s partially PTSD from the trauma, but it’s also a way of healing. It’s real, and it’s hard. It’s therapeutic to share E.’s story these days. I’m following my heart in how much to share, and when to share. I hope to write more posts about all that happened to E.

In August, we resumed our foster care/adoption home study process. and fast forward 3 months we were certified for both and had our first placement. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I hope to share more about this ever-changing journey of foster care. We’ve been learning so much about many aspects of foster care and adoption. There are many hard decisions to make, and often only minutes to an hour to make these life altering decisions. It’s a calling for me. I know I wouldn’t be able to do any of this on my own strength. God gives us the strength we need, through the Word, Prayer, Songs, and other people.

Both O. and E. started school last fall. O. is in Kindergarten, and loving it. She’s studious and hilarious at the same time. She has a refreshing perspective. E. started preschool in October. He’s receiving speech therapy there, as well as learning how to interact with other children. He loves his two days a week there. It’s hard for me to let go, to let them mature and become independent at their own pace. Sometimes it’s a bit delayed, and other times Mama bear holds on too tightly. This parenting thing is not for the faint of heart. I’m so thankful God pours his love and mercy into our lives, filling in gaps and leading us.

I’m hoping to share more this year as I have time, or let’s be honest…sleepless nights. 🙂

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What I’m reading: finally, but it’s taking me a looong time

What I’m listening to: Hillsong

What I’m watching: Part 2 of this heartbreak

Happy weekend, friends.

A look back.

Today seems like a good day to take a look back. It’s raining and chilly here today, a good day to remember the green of summertime. Most of these photos are from June and July.

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Here you can see the difference a few weeks of warmth, sunshine and rain.

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All this green seems like a dream. Our garden is bare, except for some carrots and of course the asparagus. We harvested lots of yummy vegetables this summer. Many jars and freezer containers have been filled and at times I was sick of preserving food. How nice though to be able to run downstairs and grab a few jars to prepare dinner. Good, home-grown food. And as usual, I’m already dreaming of next year’s garden.

Summer

Summer was just so full of good things. We have moved on to autumn, and we love to slow down and enjoy our cozy home more (and blog more). But for today I’ll reminisce about the warm, green days of Summer.

We added a cat to our family. Mr. Claude in all his orange, mitten-pawed glory.

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We enjoyed our flowers so much, especially our roses.
David Austin Wildeve.

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David Austin Scepter’d Isle.

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Sometimes instead of spending money on roses (cut flowers), J. will tell me to buy a rose bush. It has so much meaning and every year I can enjoy the flowers.

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And L.’s little garden. She planted a few varieties of Zinnias. She picks orange as her favorite.

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This photo is from July 4th weekend. Our family spent time together at the pond. The sky that evening was beautiful.

Enjoy your day!

In the Garden.

I have been wanting to do this post for quite some time. I enjoy working in the garden so much. The hard part is taking photos and documenting things. Of course keeping the weeds under control is hard too.

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Lettuce that is almost ready to transplant. I love fresh lettuce from the garden.

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Red beets. We like them cooked with butter and salt. J. and E. like them pickled.

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The peas are almost ready. Hopefully we’ll have fresh peas sometime next week.

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The tomatoes are there, just waiting to ripen. I can hardly wait for a fresh tomato sandwich.

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Onions

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And garlic.

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Pumpkin/squash/gourd tepees have been built and strung with twine.

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The blueberry bushes have been covered in netting.

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An old rose left here on the property. Fragrant and beautiful.

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And an update on the orchids. I haven’t killed them….yet. You can read about them here.

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This must be a record for me. As you can see I repotted it. I also moved it to a south-facing window. During the cold months, I was afraid it would be too cold but it was just fine. I only water it when I remember (not very often).  Maybe orchids aren’t so bad. But ranunculus! 🙂

 

What Spring brought.

While it is still Spring (technically), I thought I’d post some pictures of our flowers. I am so thankful for a God who blesses us with diversity in nature.

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Ranunculus. My nemesis in botany. I love the flowers, but I kill them. Over, and over.

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Beautiful, fragrant lilacs. Purple ones…

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White ones.

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Seeds started in eggshells. My sis gets the credit for this.

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We have a beautiful old dogwood tree in our yard.

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Peony.

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House finch nest in our potted fern. I love hearing them sing every day.

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String-of-pearls succulent.

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Another succulent. This one is from IKEA.

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My favorite succulent.

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Enjoying our porch.

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Begonia. My first year trying these, and I love them!

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And one of my favorite hostas : June. I have so many different kinds. Hostas are my favorite plant. I don’t like most of the flowers, so I keep those trimmed off. The foliage is just so calm and serene.

I hope to do a post on our vegetable garden this week. Today I had plans to finish weeding, but the rain last night made it too muddy. I was thankful for the extra time I had to finally write a blog post. Though, if I had my way I’d spend every waking minute outside.