Wednesday, March 14, 2007


I am so blessed to be married to a man who not only tolerates my crazy whims, but who is actually (most often) genuinely pleased with their outcomes! One day last December, Darren returned home from work and found that I had not only rearranged the furniture in our master bedroom, but I had also set up and decorated a Christmas tree in there! We loved it so much that after Christmas, we kept some elements of the furniture layout (I really loved having the rocking chair in our room). Lately, though, it just hasn't been working for me, so it was so much fun yesterday morning to change things around once again. Here's how that bay window in our bedroom looks now:

I really love our new arrangement and it has opened up so much more floor space in our room! (So much room, in fact, that there is plenty of space for the kids to play!)

And, a few words (and pictures, of course!) about our garden. Darren was kind enough to remind me that, contrary to what I may have said before, our garden still isn't quite finished yet. We still need to finish the center walking path (probably with crushed pecan shells), add some straw as a mulch, and, in a couple of weeks, finish planting the vegetables that it's still just a little bit too early for now. At any rate, we've all had a grand time planning, preparing, and planting our garden!

And here is our almost-finished "work in progress". This just makes me so happy! I keep sneaking out back to peek at it throughout the day!

So far, we've got kohlrabi, spinach, lettuce, chard, and sunflowers:

We've also got onions, red and green cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots:

We also planted a small strawberry patch and an herb garden, including parsley, sage, oregano, marjoram, chives, thyme, and tarragon. Next we'll add peppers, tomatoes, okra, eggplant, cucumbers, and snow peas.

This is just so much fun for all of us! I love that so many of our conversations lately have revolved around which vegetables we love, which ones we want to plant, how we might like to prepare said vegetables once they're mature...even Dylan and Caitlyn have strong opinions on the matter! We're new at this, but I am so thrilled with the opportunity our garden has given us to work together towards a real and substantial reward. I pray that our efforts will be abundantly blessed!


Jennifer said...

Gorgeous! What a garden (and a nice bedroom too!) I needed to read this this morning. I have been trying to weed our vegetable bed but keep putting it off. No more! I am motivated after seeing your photos.

Karen E. said...

What great pictures!

Kristen Laurence said...

What beautiful photographs! Oh, how I wish we had a yard big enough to accompany such a garden!

He who wears the most black wins. said...

I am salivating. Seriously.

It looks SO wonderful!

Crafty Mom said...

That is so AWESOME! I have never seen such a nicely arranged, well planned out garden. As I plan for our garden this Spring, I will definately be peeking back at these pictures.

Suzanne Temple said...

This is terrific, Melissa! Really. Amazing.

mom-in-training said...

All I can say is - WOW!!! I love how you arranged everything. What an amazing garden - I can't wait to hear how it all turns out. I think next year, we may have to do some rethinking on how we're doing our garden - and I'll be referring to yours as our new guide. ;)

Caitlyn and Dylan look and sound like they are having so much fun with the new garden as well. What a fun family project!