Good Morning, Friends.
We had such a good weekend. Knut and his family finished planting the corn, and they are onto the soy beans. The weather could not be any more obliging for planting season. This means we see very little of Knut. Of course, I didn’t get my garden in last week like I had planned, but the garden prep is going well. It feels late because of this glorious weather, but in fact I’m still early. I’m trying hard to not let it mess with my head. It’s that time of year where there is massive amounts of work all around me that will likely take all summer to mostly complete. It can either be exciting and inspiring, like a blank slate, or overwhelming like an army of grass invading on every side.
Speaking of armies of grass, the kids and I have named our gardens. I told David as he was helping me prep the “old garden” that this area was actually the country of “Gardentopia” and it was being invaded in a brutal war from the country of the grasslands. We were soldiers sent to fight for the territory of Gardentopia. The kids liked that.
The kids really liked this story, so we had to come up with a name for “the new garden” which are the French style beds that we added near the chicken coop last year. I named that country “Versailles” after the famous palace just outside of Paris with it’s vast gardens. Elias really wanted to name a garden “Bloom” so that is the name of our front flower bed. The country of Bloom is in really bad shape in it’s war against the grasslands. However, we must fight for Gardentopia first, because we have a vested interest in that country because of it’s export of vegetables which takes priority over Bloom which has an expert of flowers, though I plan on putting all my herbs there this year, so it’s not like it’s just completely frivolous. Once martial law has a firm hold of Gardentopia and Versailles, we will turn our forces to Bloom.
As you can tell, we’ve been having some fun. But I’m totally not showing you pictures of the garden yet. I can’t bear to. It’s too depressing. I do not want to record and remember how slow it is going.
I am so relieved to be done with April. It was far too busy, and I feel so ragged from it. May promises to be extremely busy, but just a hair less. At least I hope. Those are famous last words.
This last weekend we got to grill hot dogs and vegetables. I had a playdate with one of my best friends who I never get to see because she’s even busier than even me, but she’s one of those people who you feel is just like balm for your soul. I don’t have to carefully word my conversation around her, or wonder if she is secretly judging me. And every time I meet with her, I feel like she pushed me more towards Christ. I feel uplifted, and full of hope. I know she’s probably not aware that she even does this for me, but she is the definition of a kindred spirit.
Sigh. I haven’t always had a friend like this, with so many years of feeling completely lonely, it makes me feel the weight of the blessing of having even one friend like this.