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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This and That

Here is my beautiful little grand girlie!  She is 9 months old today and crawls everywhere and pulls up on everything! 
Lindsay and I spent sometime yesterday planting seeds and looking at the garden, plotting out where to put new beds, etc.

We are trying some new (two us) varieties of lettuce and we are trying onions this year.
I got these plant markers in the dollar section at Target.  They came with five markers and a fake sharpie to write on them.
In the garden we have some cilantro coming up!  We love it!  It smells and tastes so good!
The pile on the left is a compost pile that we started last year.   It has a fresh heap of wood ash on it, from the stove.  We need to turn it all over.  The pile in the middle is mulch and the third pile is compost as well, I think.  Perhaps mulch.  
I am thankful to be able to grow food, and work in the garden.  I am thankful to be able to work side by side with my children to learn new things.  

I saw footage on the news this morning of empty shelves in Japan, because folks are worried that if the crisis gets worse there that supplies will run out, so they bought them now.  Also one of the anchors has a friend who works and lives there with his family, which includes 2 small children.  He spent hours trying to find water and then only found 2 gallons. It made me think about how people here in Pennsylvania, stock up on toilet paper, milk and bread whenever they know it is going to snow.  They don't want to be caught without those essential items, if they get snowed in for a day or so.  Imagine what it would be like if there was a bigger crisis than snow. 

I think it is wise to have as deep a pantry as you can afford.  Brenda at Coffee, Tea, Books and Me has some great posts and resources listed on her sidebar about food storage and deepening the pantry.

A paraphrase of Psalm 112:7-8 has captured my attention and where I want to stand with the Lord. 
" She will have no fear of bad news; her heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Her heart is secure, she will have no fear; in the end she will look in triumph on her foes." Psalm 112: 7-8 
 If we know the Lord then we really can live with no fear of the future.  Proverbs 31 speaks to the "virtuous wife" as the NKJV says.  This woman was a woman who had her household prepared and functioning.  She didn't fear the future, she was ready.  One of the ways she did this was by not being idle.  That is a convicting thing to me!  I am often idle, spending too much time checking blogs...I am working to only spend set times on the computer so that I too, may run my household in an orderly way and to be prepared - whether it is for unexpected guests or a crisis.
Well, this post has turned longer than I expected it too.  
Have a wonderful day!


  1. Great post. I ready for the gardening too.

  2. I was just thinking perhaps I should write something again about sticking up and then I read your post. :)

    Aren't grandchildren wonderful? Anna is about the same age as yours (I think she's between 9 and 10 months now). She's still at an age when being called thunder thighs is a compliment...

  3. thank you for this encouragement, i too desire to limit my blogging time.I want to be a good manager of my time, and provide my dear family with a peace filled,loving,tidy,and ordered home. Blessings to you, dawn e. Brown

  4. Gardening has been a lot of fun! My first year with veggies, my brocolli is growing and my lettuce is already ready! So fast, now what to do with it all!! :-)

    I love Proverbs 31. I recently gave up FB (well a long break) because I was on it way too much and God convicted my heart of it. I realized I needed to focus my time on the blessings I have here right at home, more time with Him. Its been almost a week, and I am loving it. Getting so much done and devoting that "extra" time to doing things that have been needed or to make dessert or a special dinner. After my break is over, I will look it over, but so far its been a great change.

  5. We haven't begun any of our outdoor gardening stuff, but plan to soon. However, we have starter plants begun inside and we already have a northern bean plant coming up, as well as three broccoli and a tomato plant. Spring planting is here -- yippee!


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