Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring has Sprung at last!

Better late than never! 
We enjoyed some beautiful spring-like days this past week. 
Once the sunshine appeared,
(for more than 10 minutes), 
we were eager to get our hands dirty with a bit of gardening. 
There will be more veggies to follow, we are just getting started. 
Here are the strawberries, under protection lest some critter,
winged or four legged, takes a notion to visit.

And then the tomatoes and peppers, 
still in pots to allow us to bring them in until the danger of frost is over. 
This year we have the usual Early Girl variety,
but couldn't resist a Beefsteak or trying an heirloom Brandywine.
There are 19 plants in all, I am hoping that is enough for eating fresh and canning. 
My mouth begins to water at just the thought of a ripe homegrown tomato.

The children were having so much fun on the trampoline,
Rose could not resist trying to obtain in flight pictures. 
These two photos capture splendidly the essence of Jim.

Lulu surprised everyone Saturday morning with 4 adorable kittens. 
  We wanted to name them Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter, 
but we were out-voted by the younger bunch,
who were in favor of each naming one in particular.

Today, my list of 10 things I am thankful for include:

The blessings of family and home
The love of a godly mother
The hope of strawberries and tomatoes
The opportunity to disciple and train our children at home
Lovely piano music gracing our home as Rose practices
Friends far away, but near in my heart
The Psalms of David
The joy of mothering this bunch of tender young ones
A Heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally.

"Thanksgiving creates abundance." -Ann Voskamp, 1,000 Gifts

May you be filled
with the abundance of  blessings of a Loving heavenly Father today...
they are there, 
you just have to search to find each one and unwrap it,
rejoicing over them along your way today.


  1. We are getting a bit of spring here too! Not enough sunshine as we'd like, but we are enjoying and are thankful for all we get. I LOVE visiting your blog. :)

    Enjoy the sunshine!

  2. Julianne,
    I just planted half our potatoes yesterday. We have planted our tomatoes in bags of soil laying right on the back patio. Then we covered fence hoops with painters plastic drop cloths to make little green houses for each bag of soil. We did this last year and it worked great to keep the little plants protected in the cold Spring nights. Happy gardening!


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