In the Garden

I have been spending a lot of time in the garden lately.  We have had a weird winter full of warm days and just recently are finally getting rain.  The spring like weather has gotten me in the mood to clean up our yard and enjoy the new blooms that are already sprouting.

Maintaining a large garden is a lot of work.  Every time I go out to tackle a large task I remind myself that it is in work that beautiful things can grow.  Don't be jealous.  I blew the leaves and packed them up in the green waste all by myself.  And then I passed out.  My husband is amazing but in order to keep our home as pretty as I would like it, I have accepted that I have to take on a lot of the work myself because he only has so many weekend hours to himself. 

Little flowers are popping up everywhere.  I try to take the time to stop what I am doing and enjoy them while they are around.  With such early blooms, I am afraid some of these pretties will be gone not too long from now.

See, he does do his part. 

There is something about being in the dirt for me.  Though I love the inside of my home, there is something about being outside that completely distracts me from all the cares in the world.  There is no laundry to be folded or dishes sitting out.  Instead I just see our garden and how it continues to grow and bring new life all on it's own.  At the end of a long winter, being outside in the springtime is the perfect refreshment to my weary soul. 

Speaking of hard work, I started putting in a new garden bed last fall and finally got around to digging all the grass out. 

This is serious work.  By far not my favorite way to spend an afternoon.  But definitely a rewarding venture once I get it filled with some pretty flowers. 

Out front rain drops grip onto new blooms of this beautiful little tree outside of our kitchen window that I planted last year in celebration that we found out my mom was cancer free.  A beautiful reminder of the new life that comes with each season.

Another new tree that was planted last year is also showing off it's first bloom.  All that digging, planting, and spending all my money last summer on trees is finally showing it's worth.

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


  1. Beautiful pictures, beautiful thoughts. Love visiting here and getting to connect with your authentic vibe. <3 ~Angela~

  2. Wow, you have signs of spring already. So nice! It still looks very much like winter here. Brrr. Come on spring!!!!!

  3. I love this: "I want to take control of out of control behavior in my life because I know that I can." It just makes so much sense! I, too, need to be more conscious of the time I spend online - and on my phone! Thank you for the reminder to take control.

  4. Thanks Thalita! I am constantly battling either extreme self control or extreme lack of self is always easier for me to swing to one extreme or another! Trying to find that balance! xo

  5. Thanks Sarah! Since we do not have a garage we store things in our backyard (i.e. dirt bikes and Brent's other "toys") so I have purposefully cut out certain aspects of our yard in pictures! But my purging has rubbed off a little on him so we have less junk these days! Thank goodness! ;)

  6. Hoping things warm up soon! It's warming up just a little too fast around here! I can feel summer coming...ugh! :)

  7. I enjoyed your insights on living mindfully. I particularly appreciated this sentence: "I am tired of being so hard on myself out of intentions of selfishness and vanity." Intention has a big impact, doesn't it. Thanks for the post!

  8. Thank you Mary! It is hard to differentiate sometimes between our good and selfish intentions! So glad you found encouragement from it!

  9. looking good! have you ever thought put make a compost bin to put the leaves in??

  10. We do have a compost bin that we fill with some of the leaves but we just have way too many leaves to use them all!


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