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Friday, July 23, 2010

Fresh from the garden

Lately,  I am just feeling blessed.  It has nothing to do with our new home.  It has more to do with the fact that my husband and I love each other entirely.  We have three beautiful children.  Make no mistake, life is not perfect.  I have blogged about it before.   But it doesn't HAVE to be perfect.   I have three little human beings that are growing into wonderful people.  And honestly, I'm just PROUD!

Today was "clash" day at camp.  They were supposed to wear outfits that clashed, so I snapped a quick picture of them before they were out the door at 7:45 am!  They have been having a great summer.    When they got home today, Kris said to me "mom, there was a boy on the bus that looked sooo lonely, so I went and sat with him".   He went on to say how GOOD it made him feel.  I can't tell you how happy it made me!!  My other son Johnny has such a kind, empathetic heart as well.   To know that these two are learning lessons like this makes me so happy, proud and warm my heart!



  Kris has special needs, which I have talked about before.  He got hurt at camp yesterday, fell near the pool.  So his counselor called me to let me know.  She said he was fine and didn't cry.   Then she proceeded to tell me how he was having a wonderful summer and was such a good boy.    After hearing for years what is wrong with him, this again brought me to tears!

And Kris is so lucky to have Johnny, he looks out for him constantly!  He watches over him (and his sister) like a mother hen.   And I tell him what a wonderful boy (and gift) he is !    I had to share this today.  Because in our world, it seems like there are so many negative things.  And I want to focus on the positive.  I want to teach my children about the GOOD in the world.   I know there is good left, we just have to find it and pull it out sometimes.    Thank you for letting me babble share this!

Ok so onto the subject to my title!  The garden!  The garden has been through many ups and downs.  Seems we have a little visitor (aka bunny!) who is feasting out there!  So far he has eaten all the escarole, celery, kale and ALL my impatients, a geranium and some lobelia that was apparently trailing too low!!!   However.... we have been adopted by an older kitten!   This wasn't convenient because my hubby is HIGHLY allergic.  But she was skin and bones when she found us and my boys have been feeding her and taking care of her ever since.   so needless to say she is an "outside" cat.  I'm sure we will need her when we move into a middle of a FIELD! :)

Meet Chloe............




Because of her, we have herbs!  And strawberries and some other goodies still growing.  Seems Mr bunny is afraid of her!  For good reason too because she has left a few "gifts" for us,  a couple of mice and a bird........  

Anyway, onto the herbs!  I picked basil, tarragon and rosemary! I also picked some grape and cherry tomatoes.  I'd like to tell you that the lettuce is mine, but Mr Bunny enjoyed that before we could!      Oh and our strawberries have been producing great! We eat them raw or make smoothies daily!










And last but not least, Miss Moo moo!  She picked out her own dress and shoes!  I had her in something else, she revolted (I put my foot down) and while I went to my room she took it off and got this dress out of her closet.  Me thinks I'm in trouble!!!!!!!!!



XOXO

12 comments:

Jennifer said...

Kristi what a wonderful story and your kids are just too cute!!! Your new cat too!!!! Her outfit is just darling!!! I will keep my eye out for clothes in her size! I meant to tell you I found someone with a little girl to fit that other outfit but I promise I will find something for yours!!! Trust me on this! Your family is just beautiful!

Jennifer

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Ooooohhhh...what sweet boys! You are a blessed mama...no doubt! I love that they have such hearts for others...soooo important these days! You obviously are doing a wonderful job raising them...making them aware of the world around them...GOOD for you;)! They are darling in their crazy outfits!

Your daughter is beautiful...how cute is her little outfit? I love that she picked it out herself;)!

All of your garden goodies look so yummy...I can't believe ou grew it all. My garden is pitiful...I would be thrilled to have harvested that much...oh well:(!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Stacey said...

I really enjoyed this post. :) Isn't it the best feeling when you stop long enough to realize how blessed you are? I guess I don't do that every single day and it warms my heart to think about it. Your kids are precious! You have every right to be a proud mom.

Jen Kershner said...

What a full and sweet post Kristi! I love your boys' attitude. What good guys they are. I agree about all of the negative in the world. It's why I hardly read the paper or watch the news. I feel like if people focused more on the good stuff that it would change the way people behave.

Love your new kitty. We have also been adopted one lately. I wish we had all that fresh loveliness from the garden as our reward!

As for the little one and the clothes...you are indeed in trouble. That's just how Maddie was at that age and it just gets worse. Much worse. Emma on the other hand still wants me to pick out her clothes on most days.

Becca said...

Oh, that is so sweet about Kris and the other kid on the bus. I know Samantha will be very much the same way - so much empathy and compassion. It's so refreshing.

I have tons of rosemary and thyme and basil. I figure if anyone can tell me what to do with it (since we just don't use much of it, but I like having them anyway), it's you. Any ideas for storing it/keeping it/using it?

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Bettyann said...

Oh what a wonderful feeling to know they children are learning lessons you impart to them...lovely family..lovely chloe has moved into your heart and garden..take care...nice tomeet you..

gena said...

Thank you for sharing about your boys - what a testament to the wonderful mothering they are getting ! Your daughter's a little cutie too - love the dress !

I'm so you have bunny issues like mine ! Yours seems very, very hungry, hopefully Chloe will keep her at bay. We have two doggies, but they are not allowed in the front and that is were our bunny resides : P

hugs,
gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

These Are The Days said...

Oh I just loved the story of the boy on the bus...melts my heart. I try so hard to instill kindness into my kids and I just love hearing when it is working. You must be doing a fabulous job with them. Love the pic of the sweetie at the end, such a cutie in that dress. For the first time I too have an herb garden and we're loving all the fresh herbs. Not sure what to always do w/ them but we are learning. :)

Between You and Me said...

precious boys...gifts for sure.

love the fresh salad..what an accomplishment!

and, I've had the same experience with my daughter so many times.
she knew what she wanted and it wasn't what you picked out. :)

Angie said...

You have precious children and it is so great when we realize just how truly blessed we are! Precious kitty too!

Red Head said...

OMG, I love your flooring!

So refreshing to hear someone counting their blessings, good for you!

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