What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The End of April























 








We had a wedding to go to this past weekend and it was located several hours south of us, making the trip a sort of spring-opener for us.  Leaving the gnarled fingers of our own bare-branched trees and slowly reviving grasses behind and winding up where flowering trees were all gussied up and glorious was pretty amazing.  The drive home, pinks and greens turning back to brown and crusty was less so.   The wheat was already knee high in places and there was a mustard field just outside of the church where a family kindly took our picture.  Oh, the bright yellow of that field can't help but make a girl cheerful.

I do have a few little things here and there popping up, now that I took some time to clear the flower circle out of winter debri and dead leaves.  I even spied the true heralder of spring- asparagus!  Unfortunately, every one of my garden beds is entirely covered in dandelions and grasses so I have some serious work cut out for me to prepare beds.  This is what happens when you are lazy in the fall, great with child be darned.  The dandelions are not dandy to me this year, but depressing.  There are more in the garden than in the whole yard!  And the strawberry patch I believe is going to have to be entirely redone.  There is so much to do outside to prepare for the growing season.  It is slightly overwhelming.   But it will all work out in the end.  (I repeat in my head, over and over...)

Speaking of trees, ever since the last one, these cutting boards have been my go-to couple gift.  I gave one as a wedding gift this weekend and one as a Christmas gift to Matt's brother at Christmas.  The latter one being extra special because Matt actually made the cuttingboard instead of me just drawing on a storebought one.  Isn't it beautiful?  I like the concept a lot but I do admit that my trees need some serious work.  I need to study the composition of trees more thoroughly to make my tree sketches less wonky, the branches less stubby and the trunk more natural.  Perhaps allotting myself more than a hasty 15 minutes to sketch and burn the design into the wood before having to wrap it up would help with that too. But will that actually happen?  Doubt it.

April is about over and May is fast approaching.  May is one of my favorite months of the year.  Maybe because it is my birthday month or maybe because it is when the lilacs begin to pop or maybe it is just because I come out of hibernation, stretching and yawning into the bright warm sun.  Whatever the reason, I am eager for May to make way.

9 comments:

beth said...

your family photo is ~WONDERFUL~

Christina Gomez said...

Beautiful family picture!

beth said...

p.s. the hoss and his fetching baby sis!! *swoon* ..any prediction as to whether her eyes will turn brown or remain blue?

lydia.purple said...

Maybe if you turn your dandelions into some treats you can conquer the garden and even benefit from it. Like salad, cookies,scrambled eggs with dandelions... Salves to ease back pain from gardening ;)

I would def prefer to eat it up instead of just pulling it out. I think one can even fry the roots. It's very rich in minerals and vitamins.

oh the picture of Judah and Ineke - so sweet!

Emily Wilwerding said...

Handsome family! And those handmade wood burned gifts...so awesome!

Emily Wilwerding said...

Handsome family! And those handmade wood burned gifts...so awesome!

Anonymous said...

Dandelion cookies?! Do tell!

lydia.purple said...

This is one recipe for dandelion cookies
http://5orangepotatoes.blogspot.co.il/2009/05/easy-dandelion-cookies.html?m=1

Abigail said...

These pictures convinced me that you all got the better end of the deal, even tho' we sorely missed you for Cadence's baptism. What a gorgeous weekend! I love that family picture, too. (And the woodburnt boards- they're wonderful!)