Gardening lessons

This summer was a learning experience for my green thumb.

First, we moved the pumpkin patch.  We have been growing pumpkins every year for the last decade and I love it!  They are just fun to grow and to use to decorate for fall.  The new spot just wasn’t amenable to pumpkin growth.  I was so sad to have to buy pumpkins this year!  Seriously, I could have planted a dozen pumpkin patches for the cost of half a dozen pumpkins.  We need to find a new spot for next year and hopefully it will be a success.

This was the first year that we did gardening in pots.  We don’t have a lot of space to garden, so we tried the pots on the deck.  My plan was to grow spaghetti sauce and salsa ingredients.  The herbs did amazingly well!  We had more than we could ever use…especially because I was too slow with the tomatoes.  We planted them WAY too late and they are still green.  😦  That kind of put a damper on the herbs and peppers, since they were for the homemade salsa and sauce.  However, this is a great lesson learned!  Next year we will plant the tomatoes earlier by a good bit and hopefully they will all be ripe in time to make and jar a bunch of spaghetti sauce and salsa!

Finally I was overzealous with the carrots.  They actually are growing in abundance, but because of the great abundance, they are quite crowded.  They are nice and orange, but short and round instead of long and skinny.  I weeded some out and hope that they will continue to grow to their full capacity, but next year, I have to not put so many seeds in such a small space.

I am happy to have learned these lessons, though I am bummed that my crop didn’t yield the expectation I wanted.  Next year we will make modifications.  😉

What have you learned from Esther?

The past two days have inundated me with Esther.  In my personal quiet times and studies, on the radio, and even in the kids’ studies at the moment.  I am feeling that I should be listening to God about something in regards to Esther right now.  Perhaps He is preparing me for something, perhaps I need to be acting a certain way right now.  Regardless, I thought I would ask you…

If you have any life lessons from Esther, whether big or small, please share.  🙂

200

Welcome to my 200th post!  I had taken a little break from the daily blogging to spend some quality time with family and such.  But now I am back for my 200th post (plus a couple extras a snuck in right before adding this one).  And so that being said here are some things that I have learned since blogging, not because of my blog, but just because God is allowing me to learn and I am blessed by Him!

* God is more than enough!  Of course I have known this for awhile, but He continues to remind me gently, and yes boldly sometimes, that He is the center of everything and I only need Him, His approval, His blessings, His gifts.

* Family is everything (after God).  Again, something I have known, but as each day passes I cherish more and more the moments with my family…immediate and extended.  These are the people that live life with you and the people that share the best memories with you (along with the hardest struggles)… and the people I hope to spend eternity with someday.

* Some of my friends are as close as family and so all that I wrote in the previous paragraph applies.

* Stuff is burdensome.  Again, already known, again, each day I realize more and more.  I want to instill in my kids right now how silly stuff can be…but they are so young.  I loved my family when I was their age, just like they love theirs, but they do love their prize possessions as well.  I hope they learn (and really know) earlier than later that their most prized possessions are Our Lord and Savior and the people He put in our lives.

* My body is what it is and if it changes, it doesn’t change what is inside.  This is an enormous lesson learned…and still being learned.  I am not a big person, but I have my areas of complaint physically.  I have gone down and back up 20 pounds in the last 3 years, but I was ok before losing the weight.  Now that I am back up, even though I know I am ok, I still struggle with wanting to be less.  I am battling the fact that I can eat almost anything I want and stay at the size I am at now, which is not a bad size, but may not be the healthiest choice in the world.  OR I can eat a lot less and go down a size, but I would look a little better and be a lot healthier.  Being an active person tempts me to want to just stay at my size, so that is my daily struggle.  Wow…see you can tell I am still learning, but at the end of the day I know my husband loves me either way, I am pretty healthy either way, and I should be working more on changing the inside of me.

* It is just as hard to change the inside of a person as it is to change the outside and it is SO MUCH more important to focus on the inside.  Old habits die hard and are not easy to forego.

* Only the red ICE drinks explode when you open them…the others don’t…why is that?  (I had to throw something light in my life lessons rambling…but it is true).

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breaks and lessons

So around our household everything is breaking (freezers, cars, computers, big things) and it seems to have been that way for quite awhile now.  I am convinced that we are supposed to be learning a lesson from all this, but I cannot come up with what it may be.  Obviously I haven’t learned it yet, since things continue to break.  I don’t see myself as a materialistic person, but maybe I am more than I think.  Or maybe there is no lesson at all and it is just life.  What do you think?