Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day!

Jayden, Erika and Shumba enjoying the plastic pool...
I know it's a weed but I love it...
Jayden enjoying the sun after his dip in the pool...



Memorial Day is an amazing holiday but the meaning is easily forgotten in our jubiliation over a day off work, the beautiful weather and fun with family and friends. I want to take this moment to thank all who have served in our armed forces, our first responders and everyone who puts others before themselves. This country would be nothing without you!



I spent today reading in my garden, visiting High Country Gardens, playing at the park with some of my favorite people, the Quinatas and swimming and bbqing with Erika and Jayden. What a wonderful day. My goal for this week is to set my alarm just 30 minutes earlier than necessary so that I can spend some time reading my bible in the garden. Things are changing so quickly out there that hopefully that will be some motivation!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

While the Gardener is Away, the Plants will Play....












So I just got back from a fantabulous four day minivaca to Erika and Steve's cabin in Jemez Springs. The weather was odd to say the least...snow for two days and warm, wonderful sun for two days. I do love diversity but that's a little extreme... Anyway, while the weather was cold, I was so stressed that my tiny squash and baby tomatoes would be damaged but when I got home everything looked great. In fact, things looked like they'd grown a couple weeks worth in four days. I guess that just reinforced my last post about how I need to back off a bit and let things just be.


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Rest


Jayden was happy and loving the garden until he realized that his mama was eating cheezits without him!











Matthew 11 says Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. I've been tired lately and I need rest. If I'm not careful, I can get discontented and start focusing on the things in my life that are not as I would choose. This week, I've been trying to keep my eyes on the incredible blessings that God has given me and the amazing opportunities he has in his plan for me. I know I am exactly where the Lord wants me at this moment and I am committed to enjoying each day and appreciating every moment--doing what I can to facilitate positive change in the world around me. I love the verse listed above because that is my struggle...I forget to rest and refresh(although my dogs obviously don't have that issue). I was working in my yard this morning when suddenly I realized, it's okay to rest. It's okay to take deep breaths and let things happen. I am not in control and never have been despite my best efforts. My garden teaches me that every day. Despite my best efforts, things will thrive or wither on their own timetable. In the face of that, I must still do my best to care for them by providing nutrition (GO COMPOST TEA!), access to sunlight, a safe environment and water. I do my best but then I have to back off...I have to let them be. That's so difficult for me. I'm a fixer but the garden has taught (is teaching) me...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!






I am so thankful for the amazing woman that is my mother. I'm so blessed to have a strong, intelligent woman who taught me to be selfsufficient, kind and loving. She taught me to love and appreciate all of God's creation...the water, the soil and animals. I can't even imagine where I would be without her...Happy Mother's Day Mom!
Happy Mother's Day to all my wonderful mama friends....I am so proud of all of you! Your love for your children inspires me.
I also want to wish a very special first Mother's Day to Erika...
Jayden is such an amazing, beautiful little wonder!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A work in progress...





Seven years ago today, one of my favorite people in the world was born. Happy Birthday Cristian Elijah! There have been difficult things and amazing things that have happened in the last seven years. Truly the highest of highs and lowest of lows. It's incredible to think that seven years ago today a new little soul was born and today he is a brilliant, inquisitive, sensitive little man with unlimited potential to impact this world.



One of the reasons I blog about my garden is to see the progress...to watch as tiny little nondescript seeds become tall, bright sunflowers, beautiful roses and nutritious veggies. This is my third year of gardening and I think my little plot is starting to take on a mind of its own...

Friday, May 2, 2008

May = Wind in Albuquerque

I had to go to Santa Fe for work today so I went to High Country Gardens and picked up some fantastic stuff.... Unfortunately, it was too windy to plant by the time I got home but I can't wait to see what these beauties are going to look like in the ground tomorrow afternoon!








Jayden is exhausted after spending all day shopping and playing...

My asparagus fern is finally coming up..