I don’t say it out loud a lot, not even to myself so its still tender and new and foreign and uncomfortable (maybe it always will be) and nothing good ever came from keeping things bottled up… . . . My dad has cancer. It’s new, it’s shocking and it’s heartbreaking 💔. I always knew bad things happened to good people because that’s just what this life is about but now it’s hitting home in a way that I’ve never experienced before. I am angry that he’s suffering and I’m scared of the unknown. But he is strong and he is brave and his attitude is nothing less than what you’d expect from my dad, genuine and full of faith. I love you Dad. Thank you for being you and for teaching me what you have. Happy father’s day. #dad #mydad #happyfathersday #bestdad #cancersucksInstagram Today

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Henry’s blessing day was an emotional one. It was amazing and heartbreaking at the same time. The microphone didn’t work during his blessing so I actually didn’t hear it. 😭😭😭😭 😡😡 Ya, you better believe I excused myself afterwards to cry in the bathroom. Afterall aren’t blessings primarily for the mother?! However, everyone was so generous in sharing what they remembered the most from it and I think I have a pretty good picture. The spirit was definitely loud and clear and my husband’s testimony was the highlight of my day. Friends and family’s love and support was definitely the 🍒 on top. (Including the majorly talented @torriemeidell who effortlessly snapped some fabulous photos for us. Thanks Torrie!) #henryjoseph #babyblessingInstagram Today

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I Can’t Be Inside

I hadn’t realized until I thought about it a bit but this year’s garden is really my first time ever having a garden of my own! Yes, after we were first married and Ben was a newborn we had a big community garden that David headed up but I was not physically or mentally involved in it with a new baby around.

After that we were in a house with no garden space and then another apartment. But now we’re here! And I’m not just talking about vegetables. I have all this space for flowers too!

Snap peas 1
Snap peas 2
Spinach 1
Spinach 2

I feel like my level of giddyness is right there with my two young boys. When we started to see the snap peas and spinach pop up from the seeds we had lovingly placed in the ground a few weeks earlier, I almost squealed. 

Then there is the sunflowers. Our neighbor always grows the most amazing sunflowers and then uses the heads to make these beautiful wreaths. She gave us a baggy full of seeds and so I planted some along the back fence line. Little did I know the boys did some planting of their own , all in one spot so now we have an area with 5 or 6 sunflowers coming up! So fun!

We also have little flower seeds and pumpkins that we started in egg cartons. Some flower seeds molded and died so that was sad but I just planted some more. And now some are doing well!  And look at those pumpkins! Yay!

 

I planted some sweet peas in the back hopefully it wasn’t too early and I am so anxious to see if those pop up. Our daffodils and tulips that we planted last fall are out and in bloom however they don’t look extremely happy. I am certain they need more sun because in the afternoon you can see them leaning towards the sun trying to soak up as much as they can. Poor babies.

In the mail headed our way are strawberries, asparagus, green beans and tomatoes. So excited to get those in the ground and watch them grow too.

If you could see my back and neck you would see the most disgusting red sunburn from the last several days. Shame on me I know. But I just can’t stay inside! My latest project was pruning the apple trees. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I also had no idea what I was doing but with a little advice from people who did I felt like I could accomplish the job. Plus these trees had been neglected for probably 4 years so I figured what more damage could I do?

I worked on them for a little over a week. They would have taken me another week if my wonderful husband hadn’t stepped in and helped me with the last tree. Bam, done in an afternoon. It’s amazing what teamwork can do. Now we wait and see how they respond. Crossing my fingers I didn’t kill them but I doubt it. They are probably breathing now; bathing in all the sun they are getting. It was hard, hard work but it felt good working on a project.

Clearing out flowers beds of weeds, picking up old spiked horse chestnuts in the front yard, planting pansies in pots, mowing the lawn, cleaning out the sandbox, have all kept me busy and I’m loving every minute of it.

The inside of my house might have to wait till a rainy day to get attention. Eating every meal outside?  Yes please.

Growing our family and more