Gardening: Just a Little Bit Goes a Long Way

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Our garden has been flourishing since we’ve started again!  It’s reminded me of so many passages in Scripture that talk about God and gardens, His pruning us and tending to us.  Everyday it is such a joy to go out and tend it.  Even just looking out our window to see it, along with the butterflies and moths that flit around in it, brings me so much joy each day.

My husband bought me a dragonfly light that changes beautiful colors at night to light the garden.  So we’ve nicknamed it Dragonfly Garden ❤  It is so sweet.

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I’ve seen a ladybug on our giant spinach leaves every time I’ve gone out this week, eating away the pests that would harm the plants.  And to my surprise, I saw a blue dragonfly on one of jalapeno plant leaves!!  It sat there for awhile and let me look at it 😀  It was so awesome and gave new meaning to our naming it Dragonfly Garden.

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We have such an abundance of cabbages, Swiss chard, and spinach it is finally helping our grocery bill since we no longer have to buy our salad greens (something we bought weekly) for our sandwiches and salads.  It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to go out to this garden that I and my son have planted together, and pick food for our table and know that it’s bringing in an abundance of nourishing vitamins and minerals to our family!

I always wanted to be a woman who had a sustainable garden – a woman who genuinely loved and enjoyed gardening.

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It’s kind of strange to see that I’ve achieved this goal now.  Last year our tomato plants did so amazing we had a production each week to eat off of, so hopefully we can get back up to that again… but I’m particularly happy about our spinach leaves 😀  they cost a lot at our grocery store, and it’s just so fulfilling to be growing an abundance of them right in our backyard!

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For the Lord will comfort Zion [in her captivity];

He will comfort all her ruins.

And He will make her wilderness like Eden (the most beautiful garden),

And her desert like the garden of the Lord;

Joy and gladness will be found in her,

Thanksgiving and the voice of a melody.

Isaiah 51:3

 

And the Lord will continually guide you,

And satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places,

And give strength to your bones;

And you will be like a watered garden,

And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Isaiah 58:11

 

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God is the Gardener…

For we are  God’s fellow workers [His servants working together];

you are God’s cultivated field [His garden, His vineyard], God’s building.”

1 Corinthians 3:9

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18 thoughts on “Gardening: Just a Little Bit Goes a Long Way

  1. you are a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart. actively guard your heart all of your life for it is precious. “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Prov 4:23

  2. That’s so awesome, Dragonfly. I’m envious…can’t wait until we have a home that is ours and I can get a garden. It’s base housing next, and then…two years from now we’ll start looking for that home. Super Squee! I’m very excited. 🙂

    Oh, and Ame is right of course. You’re adorable, with adorable qualities. 😉

  3. huh, that wink looks almost like a “huh” emoticon.
    I’ll try that again:
    Oh, and Ame is right of course. You’re adorable, with adorable qualities. 🙂

  4. Liz – putting together bits and pieces from various places … your husband is in the military; you’re a nurse; kids? you’re high-energy and very capable at many things, including super-multi-tasking 🙂

  5. Nice garden!

    My kids were in San Antonio visiting my sister last week. They enjoyed texting me pictures of themselves outside in shorts and sandals…meanwhile it was snowing in Michigan, lol.

    Can’t wait til it warms up enough here to get some plants in the ground.

    Have fun enjoying the bountiful harvest!

  6. Hi Ame. 🙂
    ” your husband is in the military;”
    Yep.
    ” you’re a nurse;”
    Yep.
    ” kids?”
    Yep 😀

    “you’re high-energy and very capable at many things, including super-multi-tasking”
    Thank you! I think I was once upon a time, but these days I’m kind of a lazy clam. I’ll need to tap into that old energy pretty soon though…heading into our next life experience with a big move north coming. 🙂

  7. Liz – i admire you!

    and … thank you … to you, your husband, and your family … for the sacrifices you make for our country and my family. you are deeply appreciated.

  8. Liz – carrying over from Spawny’s … don’t know if you want this info or not. just ditch if you don’t.

    you mentioned your new home and new role. have you ever heard of/read books by the late Frances Parkinson Keyes? she wrote books from the civil war through WW2, and she was also a politician’s wife. she was catholic, so her books are strongly influenced by that, but a part from being an exceptional writer, she was a beautiful and gracious hostess and went into detail in many of her novels about being a hostess to very high levels in all areas of society.

    some thoughts on being a hostess to higher levels, or any level, really. most importantly, be yourself, hold your head high, and present a quiet confidence, regardless of what happens or is said.

    be prepared for whatever it is you’re hostessing. make your lists and timelines and follow them so that by the time of the event, you have plenty of time to relax and make yourself ready … a long bath, music, shower, whatever works for you.

    smile.

    take calming breaths and pause before speaking or reacting. smile.

    never speak in the negative about your home which points out the negative. for example, “Please excuse this room, we haven’t decided how to furnish it yet.” either point out the positive or ignore it. if asked directly, then speak to the question, but in a positive way … such as, “We’re contemplating exactly what style we want in this room.” people pick up on the negative vs positive comments and internalize them and repeat them. determine what you want them to repeat, and give them those words.

    make your home comfortable for you and your family, and then add in some bits of uniqueness … such as a piece of art, a painting, a sculpture, something bought in another country, shadow boxes displaying things of family importance. this gives you focal pieces that can turn into conversation pieces if you ever need to pick up the lull in a conversation or need to redirect a conversation.

    i’ve found amazing pieces of furniture in thrift stores. i’m leery of purchasing fabric pieces in thrift stores b/c you don’t know about pets, spills, smoking, critters, etc. but hard-woods are excellent pieces to pick up in thrift stores. so is art work. picture frames are another thing to get in thrift stores … you can throw away what’s in them and replace it with your own thing. they’re also easily painted to match your home.

    i have found some fabric pieces on craigslist or garage sales where i can see the home they’re coming from. for example, i bought two Ethan Allen chairs off craigslist. they’re older pieces, but EA is classic, and they’re generally the color i was looking for. and they’re very sturdy which is important with my sped kid.

    i love Dragonfly’s wise advice concerning wardrobe. Talbots is a great place to get very well-made classic pieces. you can shop online, their outlet stores, and i’ve found them in thrift stores.

    idk if you’ll have drop-in guests, but if you do, you might want to come up with a plan. like … always be prepared to make coffee, hot tea, iced tea, in a moment’s notice. perhaps make cookie dough and put in freezer already shaped into cookies to drop onto a cookie sheet and put in oven at a moment’s notice. keep one room always picked up to receive guests. have a candle you can light. keep one bathroom a quick wipe away from being guest-ready (i like to keep a spay bottle of hydrogen peroxide – great cleaner by itself, no odor or smell). keep a group of hand towels always clean to place in the bathroom if a guest arrives (or to pull out from a drawer and place on the counter).

    learn a group of questions to ask … people generally love talking about themselves. if you can get them talking about themselves, you’ll not need to contribute a lot to the conversation, and they’ll walk away thinking you’re their new bff!

    most people will care more about how you make them feel than about how you feel in their presence. there are always those bitty’s that will be difficult. but most people will react more to how they feel in your home than to anything else. that feeling of warmth will come from how you present yourself, from your presence, more than from anything else you could do. your presence, if they drop in, this does not include your appearance … but the atmosphere you create and whether or not they feel like you care about them, personally.

    if i’ve over-stepped my bounds here, i’m sorry … and please forgive me … and just ditch it 🙂

  9. Sorry your comments all got stuck in mod, Ame, I had moderation turned on for a few days while we were having computer issues. Computer issues fixed! 😀

  10. 🙂
    my friend’s dad was president/ceo of an international corp (retired, now). when she married, her husband felt out of place, and they encouraged him to just be himself.

    her mom was a delightful hostess and a jewel in her husband’s crown.

    my maternal grandparents circulated in high social worlds, and although my mom didn’t care for it, she wasn’t uncomfortable in many variety of situations.

    with my first husband we touched on those worlds some in his work, and i had a friend group that hailed from those places.

    i think that choosing graceful confidence, not arrogance, and focus on what you want people to remember, focus on them, smile … goes a long way. you’re going to be great!

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