I'm a full-time wife and mom of two adorable boys. When I'm not busy trying to keep up with them I enjoy photography, traveling, planning parties and a little bit of reading.

In February of 2008 I was diagnosed with an incurable terminal lung illness, though God promised me a full and complete healing. While we wait for His timing, we're taking it one day at a time, and standing in awe of how God's using all of this for His glory. The tough road we've traveled has given us a new perspective on the fragility of life. Memories are more important to us than ever before. The goal of this blog is to share some of our family life - the ups and downs, the joys and probably some of the pains as well. It's mostly meant as a personal journal of sorts, but you're welcome to share in it. We'd like to take this opportunity to say ...


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

MORE expensive gardening

(as opposed to LESS expensive gardening...)

Aaron and Alex are at Home Depot right now picking up the last of the items we need (except for the top soil / compost / mulch) for our very first vegetable garden.  We're all sooooooo excited to get started on the project.  Well, three of us are.  Aaron's just going through the motions - 'cause he's gonna have to do all the physical work to get it set up.  My lung problems prevent me from that kind of physical strain.  But I'll be the cheering section, photographer, and iced tea cup holder all-rolled-into-one!

We're gonna have a few more beautiful days this week, and I'm desperately hoping to get everything done (except the actual planting) so that we can plant as soon as that last frost is finished! But we'll see.  I'm emotionally prepared for this process to take us into next week.

Gardening DOESN'T have to be expensive! You rip up some grass in your yard, and plant some seeds.  That's it, right?  Well, there's quite a bit more involved here on Dogwood.  You see, the point of the garden is to feed MY family - not HIS...

(please disregard the mostly-brown, dying shrub in some of the photos!)

(photos taken 5 minutes ago out my living room window)

We've also got deer, and TONS of birds.  I was hoping to put up a bird feeder this spring, but decided it wasn't necessary.  We have so many worms in our yard, that we easily see at least 10 different bird species each day!  I should start taking photos so I can figure out what kind they are.

So, since we have so many hungry neighbors, we're going to have to put up fencing and bird netting.  That's going to be so much more work (and expense), and hassle.  But, (poor Aaron) I'm as determined as ever to have a garden.  Because 95% of the expense is in getting a garden set-up, our budget has shrunk our garden for this year.  I was hoping to do 2 8x3 foot raised beds.  But after pricing everything, we're just going to do one this year, and if everything goes well, then next year we'll add a second.  Hopefully I'll have some garden prep photos to share with you by the end of the week. I'm sooo excited! *grin*

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