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My garden is planted!  Finally!  I can’t believe it has taken this long, but hopefully it will be bountiful.  We planted our strawberry plants yesterday.  The kids are so excited about those starting to bear fruit.  The tomatoes didn’t freeze with the frost warning the other night and our corn and carrots have little leaves poking out of the ground.  I was most excited to plant a pumpkin patch, but unfortunately that was the last thing to get in the ground.  I really hope they sprout!

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1  HAVE FAITH AND IT WILL GROW!

Last night when I tilled up the two rows for the strawberries the smell of fresh dirt was heavenly.  There is something very magical about tilling the earth.  It’s grass, you till it’s dirt filled with grass, you till a little more it’s gray dirt and finally after a little water and tender care, you till yet again and it’s black earth filled with natural nutrients capable of producing natural food for your family to eat.  Granted it takes awhile, but when I don’t have to buy those vegetables from the store it will be so worth the wait.

Now it’s to keep those kiddos out of the dirt so our little super natural creations can grow.  My kids love dirt!  Whether it’s the box full of sand or a pile of dirt our neighbor left from fixing our driveway.  It really doesn’t matter.  And if there is water anywhere near that dirt well that’s just like hitting the kid lottery, let me tell you!  Especially my two-year old daughter, even in her black sparkly shoes splashing through the mud puddles is her very favorite pass time.

I actually don’t think I made the garden big enough.  With the late spring we had I was running out of time this year.  Next year I think I will make it larger, so we can have more room for herbs and maybe a couple of rows of blueberries.  A little better plan would probably work too.  I just love having the option and the room to grow as much as I can handle.  And I guess that is what it’s all about.  Not overwhelming myself with the possibilities, just being happy with what I have done.

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Keep it moving!

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I was so afraid of becoming more of a couch potato when I started staying home.  I love to sit on the couch and watch TV.  But when I was working I needed that time to unwind and decompress.  Now I have all the time in the day to do that.  So I keep it moving now.  I stand more than I sit.  I try to keep moving throughout the day and I also throw in a little dancing now and then.  My kids like the cartoons that have lots of music, so when the music starts we dance!  I try to only sit on the couch when it’s nap time.  Then we have a little cuddle time too!

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I am not saying I exercise 12 hours a day.  I really don’t like to exercise in the typical sense.  I think it is so boring!  I like to put on my favorite show or the kids favorite show and clean my house or jump on the elliptical for a while.

 

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I find the best way to burn calories and keep moving is to take the kids outside.  Or do they take me outside?  I have trouble keeping them in sometimes.  They love to run and scream their fool heads off outside and I let them, because we live in the middle of nowhere and it’s fun!  Sometimes I chase them around the yard or we just go for a walk.

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The best workout in my opinion is raking leaves.  I am usually ready for a nap when I am done with that job!  It burns calories and makes the yard look pretty.

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I don’t do a total Yoga workout, but I love to stretch out my back and do some of the poses.  My kids are usually under me or hanging off of me at some point during the routine.  This picture made me smile.

 

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Really?  This is so true!  Give yourself a break.  We can’t be everything to everyone every second of the day.  You are who you are and that is that.  Be happy and content that you have given everything you can give.  And if you mess up, do better tomorrow.  Isn’t this what we tell our kids all the time, but when we make a mistake we can’t seem to forgive ourselves or just let it go.  Follow your own parental advice and learn from your mistakes, but do not keep beating yourself up for them!

 

More snow and no Spring in sight!

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UGH!  We just started to see some dirt and grass and now look what we wake up to.  The poor birds coming from the south are certainly going to head back that way when they see what’s in store for them.  Oh Man!

Melt snow Melt!

It’s 27 degrees outside and feels so good in short sleeves.  I can’t even believe how accustomed to the cold our bodies become over the winter.  If it was 27 degrees in July we would be dressing in winter coats, but now in March short sleeves feel wonderful!

 

Have you ever visited or lived in a place you could not get out of your system? Even if the greatness of this place exists only in your mind it can still make awesome memories. One such place exists in my mind too. We were only there a short while, but the peace and joy that the memories bring will last me a lifetime. Especially since I write about it in my story.
Oh don’t get me wrong plenty of mistakes were made in my youth, but all in all living in the woods in such a slow paced down to earth town was good for my soul.

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The image of peace!  Except for the creepy eyes on that doll:)  What a blessing!

I am back to writing once again.  I am working on my cabin in the woods piece.  It has been on hold for a long time.  Like since Zander was a baby.  Yikes!  Anyway.  I had a wave of inspiration and I think it will come crashing into the harbor soon.  Keep your eyes open for some scenes I would like to post and have comments on.

If you are a writer and are looking for a place to have your work viewed and critiqued.  Check out Christianwriters.com.

 

The Christmas Tree

It’s name has changed, in my mind at least, to the giving tree.  It’s true we do adorn a pine tree with shiny bulbs during the Christmas season, but I think the trees give us beauty all year long.

A stunning green backdrop against a stark white winter.

A twinkling bright steady monument while sticks of brown begin to bud in spring.

A gorgeous array of multi green splendor in the summer sun.

The darkest shade of fall color set as an anchor with bursting orange, yellow and red surrounding them.

Remember the real meaning of Christmas is Christ’s birth which blesses us each day, not the decorations we unpack once a year.

I love living in the toolies!  I can grab my crystal coffee mug and head out to the deck to enjoy the peace and quiet that mother nature brings in early spring.  The frogs, the birds and now my cranes are here too!  What an awesome gift today is.  I hope that eveyone is touched by something fantastic and out of this world today.  Have a great Wednesday!