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

Friday, July 23, 2021


It was shaping up to be our most beautiful garden yet... just lovely!  

And then the storms came.

We have had thunder and lightening storms on an almost nightly basis and great deluges of rain.  As we live on top of a hill, in an open expanse without too many trees, it is quite intimidating to be engulfed in lighting storms on all sides with a house shivering against storm winds.  All of the above storm photos were taken in the deep black of midnight or beyond and yet, the sky is bright with the sheer power of electricity.  One storm fried our router.  Matt replaced it.  Another storm fried the new router.  I replaced it.  And another storm fried our modem!  The phone company replaced it.  

The constant water has made the entire yard a completely saturated sponge- no matter where I step, my foot is covered with half and inch of water that squishes up.  The eastern side of our garden is now an active and thriving frog pond.  All of the above garden photos were taken at the start of the storms...the leaves are still green and there was still hope that the water would recede.  

Who will replace all the languishing, mostly drowned plants that were once so beautiful and thriving, I wonder?  

Once again, incredibly thankful that we are not solely dependent upon garden produce for our food.  

But still very sad for the beautiful garden that could have been!

Friday, July 09, 2021

A Few Good Things on Friday

 Just a few things we've been enjoying lately.  Maybe you would too?





Thursday, July 08, 2021

The May Whirlwind

Somewhere between the bleeding hearts and the rhododendron blossoms, and in the midst wedding weekends, school work, photography gigs, travels and raindrops...we somehow managed to get our garden in.

Moses was a big help- soaking newspaper for some weed control while simultaneously soaking up the news and soaking himself to boot.  Since the name on the stack of newspapers was Nancy Leutbecher, I am thinking they were not current events.  ;-)

We had to plant green and purple beans twice, our cucumbers THREE times (and then finally had to buy plants from the greenhouse) and someone-who-shall-remain-nameless inadvertently weeded some of my happy little spaghetti squash plants... but other than that, I think this might be the best garden we've had thus far.  

I scrounged up as much black plastic as I could muster, desperately hoping that THIS might be the year that we can stay ahead of the weeds.  Only time will tell, but so far even the CHILDREN are admiring how weed free it seems to be.

So long May.  Your visit was too short.  Stick around longer next time, eh?