I think God has been showing off this spring! So many gorgeous, almost gaudily decked out trees! Sometimes I look longingly out the window day-dreaming of a walk. Other times I get my kids squared away and actually take that walk or run! One morning last week, I peeled myself out of bed for the joy of running. The air smelled delicious. The sky literally declared the glory of God. I kept thinking “How can anyone question the reality of God when they experience a morning sky like this one?!”
Some of my maternal instincts lately, have been channeled into my garden. Amidst her busy semester of classes, my sister, Emily gave me several hours of inspirational assistance and several hours of physical help. I borrowed the trusty old white truck I used to drive as a sixteen-year-old and loaded up on mulch and manure and supplies from Lowes. Emily helped me put together raised beds and surround my slice of gardening land with a rabbit proof chicken wire fence. (Maybe next year I can put up something a little prettier around it like a little white fence!) I feel quite comfortable with herbs, perhaps because I made my own little thriving herb garden as a young girl. But I am much more timid about vegetables. My past efforts haven’t met with all that much success, nor have I adequately set up a place to garden. David has said that renting is less stressful, but owning our own home and yard makes all the difference in my heart to garden! I discovered a small rhubarb plant (rhubarbs convey a sort of comfort to me, reminding me of Grandpa Hake’s beautiful garden and Grandma’s rhubarb jam and cobbler) and one little lone peppermint plant under a pine tree (which I proceeded to turn into sun tea).
One rainy afternoon, Hailey slipped out our back slider door and dumped out a half dozen of my plants into a huge puddle of water. When I discovered my two-year-old’s treachery, I hastily put the poor mangled little plants into my garden. I hope they make it! Since then, I’ve gotten a dozen more tomato plants securely in the ground. I run out each day to coddle my new plants and thank God for spring!