Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunshine
























The sun has been peeking out of the clouds the past few days allowing me to once again line dry diapers.  It is wonderful to see the sun bleaching the stains out of the fabric.

Small clumps of flowers have been blooming around the yard, and it has been quite fun finding the colorful surprises.  I need to mark the flowers so I can replant them this fall in the beds I hope to clear this year.

This year's garden is partially planted.  My seedlings are growing strong and healthy indoors and my cold hardy seeds were planted in the ground yesterday.  We should see some sprouts by the end of this week.  Today is rainy and the rest of the week is predicted to be in the 70s and dry - perfect growing weather.  Every year when I plant my garden, I am filled with excitement and trepidation. I can't wait to see everything growing and thriving, but what if this year is hot and dry like last year or what if it is cold and damp? What if that stupid ground hog circumvents the fence and eats every last tomato and cucumber again? What if the deer decide to munch on my beans? Whew, I can only imagine how much more intensely my ancestors felt these feelings each spring as they planted their food supply for the next year.  If our garden doesn't produce well, we will still be able to eat in the winter - our ancestors didn't have that luxury.  What a blessing to have a much more secure food source, and what a reminder to not take things for granted!

The kids enjoyed the fresh air while we planted the garden.  Ike enjoyed it a bit more than Norah since he can run around, climb all over the park's play equipment, and ride his mini four-wheeler.









Friday, April 26, 2013

This Moment


{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - 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, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Fever
















Spring is finally starting to show up; although, winter is not leaving without a fight as evidenced by the light dusting of wet snow a few days ago.  Last week was rainy, gray, and cool - not very pleasant weather. I am hopeful that the moisture will prove to be beneficial this summer, since last year was incredibly dry and the water table was lowered by farmers trying to keep their crops alive.  When the sun peeks from behind the clouds, our entire family is hit with an intense desire to run outside and bask in its rays; or in the case of the adults in the group, we desire to start working on the horrible lawn and overgrown flower beds.  I have most of my veggies started in pots and am looking forward to May when I can transplant them.  This year, we're focusing on fixing the outside of the house since we focused on the interior last year.  It is hard to look at the whole picture and not get caught up in wanting all your grand plans completed at once; landscaping takes time, plants have to grow, and materials aren't free.  The joy is really in the journey, isn't it? Right now we're enjoying the sun, the grass that gets greener by the day, and the surprise bulb flowers that are popping up around the yard.  Spring is always so full of possibility.