I had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday — thanks to my awesome husband and kids. They spoiled me and made me feel special. I hope that all of you mamas had great days too. And if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, or maybe less than the best as a mother, my hubs wrote this post for me yesterday over on Babble, I hope it will be an encouragement to you!
One of my requests for Mother’s Day was that we get started working on our garden, since that had been neglected as we dealt with family stuff over the past month. My husband was great yesterday, doing the majority of the hard work, as I can barely bend over, and get out of breath if I so much as lift a rake or a shovel, at 35 weeks pregnant!
This is how we started — the beds were full of weeds! And my kids were excited to help!
So, we got the raised beds all cleaned out, and mixed in a layer of compost from our backyard compost bin, before planting some seeds. It was really great to be able to use compost that we had made, just starting at the end of last summer. Is it weird that I think it’s so interesting and fun to think that we made really nutrient dense dirt for our own garden out of food and yard scraps? Oh, it’s the little things that make me happy!
Another fun thing was that we were checking out our little strawberry patch and found that we have lots of little ripening strawberries! We got to pick four of them, and each of us enjoyed a fresh, right off the plant, strawberry! They were really sweet and juicy and yummy, the kids were pretty upset that we couldn’t pick any more, but I had to teach them that we can’t pick the berries until they are totally ripe and ready.
Actually, the kids were great helpers, of course they loved digging in the dirt, and they also liked to help plant the seeds. My daughter especially did really well with helping me plant the sugar snap peas. All together we planted the peas, zucchini, spinach, carrots, and some oregano, basil and cilantro. I can’t wait to see my little seedlings come up!
We still have a few more boxes to fill, and I’m trying to figure out what else I want to plant. I’m planning to get some tomato plants from the Farmer’s Market, and a friend has some cucumber, squash and possibly tomato seedlings for me. I’ll also do another planting of carrot seeds, and I’m thinking about trying watermelon and maybe cantaloupe. I don’t want to overdo it, because I am just a month away from having a newborn baby, but I also want to utilize the space that we have out in our garden to grow our own food, and because I do think it’s fun to get out and work in the dirt and watch our plants grow and produce food!
So, that’s just a little update of what we’ve been up to around here. We’re trying to ease back into life as normally as we can, although the reality sets in on days like Mother’s Day that I will never get to hear my dad tell me what a wonderful mother he thinks I am again, so I have my moments of sadness and grieving. I don’t mean to be a downer, but that is just where we are at with life right now.
We’re also busy preparing for Baby #3 to make her arrival. We’re still planning a home birth, and working on getting things ready for that. We are excited, blessed and at the same time a little nervous to be welcoming this new little one into our family. We’re realizing what a change it will be to have a little newborn baby around, but we can’t wait to meet her and snuggle her and love her. And we know our kids will be a great big sister and brother!
Thanks so much for sticking with me during over the past month, I am hoping to be able to update a little more frequently, and am also looking for guest posts for next month after the baby is born. Please send me an email if you’re interested in posting on Live Renewed!
What are you planting in your garden this year?
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