Green tomatoes from some vines that were showing some signs of blight.
Sarah's pet toad, Bobby
Slowly, one perennial at a time, I am hoping to fill the front of our house. Some are wildflowers, others bought from a farmer's market or shared from a friend. The house may still need trim finished and a basement window installed, but flowers will make it all look beautiful in the meantime.
Planted lettuce, hoping to get some again this fall.
I'll be making pumpkin pie before long - my favorite.
No pregnant mamas yet, but we are loving the manure - we even have enough now to get a community garden started behind our church.
My constant helper
Sometimes (well really quite often) I wonder if living this simple life, content with the beauty and miracles of the changing seasons, living day in and day out with our children, sharing the work together - producing products to sell, producing food to eat - can be easily dismissed as quaint or not success oriented enough by our society's standards.
We are poor by American standards but our comfortable with the material things we have, we are not torn by debt or drained by long commutes. Some days the hours are long, the isolation may feel lonely, but there is value in a life that allows us to sit together for lunch or stop and pitch some wiffle balls to our six year old, or take the day off to help our twenty year old move into his first apartment.
Much of this would not be possible without thriftiness, modest expectations, faith, and being careful not to take on debt (which can be very tempting at times).
Instead, we choose to place value on the non material things such as time with each other, the development of relationships, the free time our children have to explore and just "be", the pleasures of eating delicious healthy foods, the time we can make for helping in the community, and the time to learn and read and explore interests and passions either individually or together.
This is the life we have chosen and I am writing this as a reminder to myself when our life seems overly ordinary and mundane that really it isn't - it is intentional and full of possibilities, beauty, and joy.