Friday, April 30, 2010


Don't you just love Springtime?! When the dead-looking branches spring to life and fill the countryside with new color and vibrancy. Such joy!

We've been spending many hours in the great outdoors lately -- starting our vegetable garden, in addition to planting blueberries, raspberries, asparagus, and 20 fruit trees on our acreage. After living in town for 10 years, its wonderful to now have the space to landscape and plant!

Charissa has been lovin' the fact that Mommy needs her help when planting things like onions, peas, and beans. She's also learning that its probably not a good idea to pull the plants out of the ground just to see if their roots are growing! *smile*

Picking rocks out of our lawn...our snow remover got a little carried away with pushing rocks where they don't belong!


Since the boys have been working very long hours these days, Hannah and Susanna 'graduated' to the task of lawn-mowing. They're thrilled!

Dig :: Dig :: Dig!

With 20 holes to dig -- at 3 foot deep each -- we're starting to feel a bit like gophers! With Ruth's interest in nutrition (especially in relation to our foods), she discovered a non-conventional tree-planting method that we decided to implement with our saplings. We also planted a couple the traditional route, so we're looking forward to watching the growth and comparing the two!

:: Digging ::

"There He makes the hungry dwell, That they may establish a city for a dwelling place, And sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
Whoever is wise will observe these things,
And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD."
Ps 107:36-37


The Marshall Artists said...

You have beautiful acreage--an actual lawn to mow, too! Here in Texas, lawns really don't exist, but rocks sure do. That's what "grows" here. You can be grateful that you can dig 3 foot holes for your trees, because even tho' it's back-breaking work, at least you don't hit a rock every few inches!! This in NOT an exaggeration!! Enjoy!!!

Pam Marshall

Kenna said...

Thanks for the update! Looks like a lot of fun....but hard work.
Loved looking at the pictures!

Addie said...

Seeing you plant all of your fruit trees reminds me of our yard! We have a orchard and last year we planted 26 trees! Hard work but lots of fun!!!

Jody said...

You guys look like you've been having a good time! we have had rain all week. The calves and the crops are growing like crazy.Jody:)

Arnie said...

Please don't forget to wear hearing protection (ear plugs or muffs) while mowing, girls. You will be blessed in your latter days.

Love in Christ,


goatpod2 said...

How fun and lovely pictures!


Just-us said...

aww... looks like planting fun!! I am very curious to see the diference in growth...
enjoy the blessing of spring time work!!:)

Annie said...

Gardening is one skill we haven't taken on quite yet. Living in the city makes it a little harder!
I love the pictures of Hannah and Susanna mowing! :) We have a small yard so we use a walking mower, but I would love to use a riding one! :) They look like much more fun than the walking one. At least my sisters have started to take over the mowing now - it was my job before.

Lilyofthevalley - Tanya said...

Looks beautiful and I so enjoy gardening etc... :)

We are in a new house here, so landscaping is something we will be doing this summer. I miss trees! :)

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