Lessons from the Vineyard on Brokenness

Just a short few weeks ago we began our intentional studies and remembrance traditions leading up to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Coincidentally, these past few weeks have been unusually warm for the Pacific Northwest, inspiring new growth that the awakening of Spring brings. And when there is growth, I am beckoned outside to tend my garden and vineyard. Yes there is weeding to do, grass to mow, but the very [...]

By |May 1st, 2014|All About Jesus, Blog, Faith, Gardening|2 Comments

Weeding the Garden of Your Heart

  Growing fruit is a lot more difficult than growing weeds isn't it? I don't know about you, but on any given day I have no problem sinning. On a daily basis I have to make choices all throughout my day to intentionally go against my nature to sin.  If we are really honest, this is honestly how it is for all of us, isn't it? Have you ever noticed how weeds can grow anywhere? [...]

By |July 18th, 2012|Blog, Faith, Friendship, Gardening|3 Comments

Thistles~ Weed Em’ Out

Thistles... those nasty, prickly, hard to weed noxious plants! Aren't they a terrible nuisance to the gardener? One thing about these thistles: you need to get them out when they are little!  If you wait to long to pull them... their roots grow deeper and their thorns grow bigger and more prolific. If you were to compare pulling say this weed:   to this weed: Boy, what a difference!  There is really no comparison! The [...]

Thistles & Thorns

My eldest daughter screeched, "Ouch Mom! I'm all scratched up!" "Well why don't you were gloves Kels?" I responded... so began the next conversation with the kids... (I know what you are thinking... wow she over does it when it comes to these metaphors...but really, honestly... can you over due teaching when you have hours of weeding... plenty of time to sing and laugh and simply sit quietly working hard together... is there such a [...]

Gleanings from the Garden of God’s Word

Weeds & the Benefits of Team Efforts Our kids had planted seeds a few months ago in their own gardens and because we have not been as diligent as we needed to be the weeds have overgrown and many, not all, but many of their seeds didn't come up.  The weeds choked out the fruit we were so hoping for when we sowed the seed.  What a good lesson to learn.  Hard, but good right!  [...]

Weeds: A Curse, A Sin and Dare I say a Blessing Part II

"Mom, How do I know which one is a weed?" When weeding a garden with children, you spend a good amount of time telling the children which weeds are in fact "weeds".  About two weeks ago we got some more baby chicks.  A friend mentioned to chop up the dandelion leaves and feed them to the chicks for two reasons: 1) To train them to eat them (gain an acquired taste for dandelions) when they [...]

Weeds: The Curse, Sins, and Dare I Say “A Blessing” Part I

Weeding with your kids is an opportunity for deep conversation, reflection, teaching and training in the discipline of work ethic. The most common complaint from children when weeding... I hate these weeds, they are prickly... they are a nuisance. The most common question among children when weeding... WHY? WHY MOM? WHY ARE THERE WEEDS?  WHY DID GOD HAVE TO MAKE WEEDS? I love it!  These are the kinds of conversations I simply love while weeding [...]

Sacrifice & Priorities

Keeping Priorities Straight~ Hello from the weed farm! In case you have wondered where I am,  I have been thinking about you all and praying for you!  That your homes would be filled with joy and a peace that comes from the Lord. I pray that you are all enjoying your children and intentionally engaging them! I haven't been here because I have to take care of my first priorities first and I haven't been [...]

By |June 25th, 2012|Blog, Gardening, Parenting|0 Comments

It’s Officially Fall

Luke Loves tomatoes...look at all the seeds on him from eating them as I pick them!You would think they were berries!Hopefully there will be enough left for tomato sauce?:)Sept.22 was the first day of fall and so to my "little lambs" that means time to pick the pumpkins and most of our squash!Here they are...Our Angiosperms that we germinated and scarified and transplanted and now finally harvested!We have been doing "Exploring Creation's" Botany Science Book [...]

By |October 2nd, 2009|Blog, Gardening, Home School, Living Green|0 Comments

Homegrown Popcorn

One of our long term Home school experiments was to grow our own popcorn.It all started last spring when we germinated and planted the corn seed last April.Then we transplanted into our little garden and 3.5 weeks we harvested it.Finally, yesterday we popped it.It was beautifully White little kernels of popcorn.It feels so satisfying to have completed this project.

By |September 16th, 2009|Blog, Gardening, Home School|1 Comment