We have a white ash tree in our front yard that provides us with cooling shade in the summer and a blaze of yellow in the autumn. After it has provided us with coolness and beauty, it quickly drops its leaves to the front lawns of our house and our neighbor’s house. Even though I love the scattered look of leaves, they do get a bit messy with the rains that come our way in the winter.
This is the small pile!
Today, I decided to tackle the leaf-covered yard with the leaf blower while Flower Girl raked. It was definitely a good workout and I sit here very tired and pretty sure that my arms will be a bit sore in the morning. But I loved it! Tonight, David and the kids carried the leaves to the back yard to be used as mulch for the garden and in the compost bin over the winter.
Watching the guys across the street as they work on our neighbor’s lawn. (And eating a doughnut.)
In the past, we would bag the leaves and leave them for the city to pick up. Some time last winter, we ended up with a small pile of leaves in the backyard. Every time I would put some kitchen scraps into the compost bin, I would put a shovel or two of leaves into the bin also. The bin is now full and will cook all winter. In the spring, we should have some wonderful compost for the garden. Now,we will start a new compost bin and fill it with leaves and kitchen scraps. Then we should have some lovely compost for our garden the following year. I love how God has designed nature to do these things. It truly amazes me.
Dancing to Christmas music while standing on mommy’s feet
Lately, we have been listening to Christmas music. I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to start Christmas decorating and music. However, between practicing for the children’s choir Christmas program and the adult choir musical, I just could not wait one more second before I pulled out some of my favorite music. Last year, we bought a wonderful Christmas CD by Casting Crowns. One song in particular is my favorite. David and I get chills when we listen to this song.
The second verse on our CD is a little different from the linked song above. It goes like this:
Mary shivers in the cold
Trying to keep the Savior warm
Born among the animals wrapped in dirty rags
Because there was no room for Him in the world He came to save
But the third verse really gets me every time. Chills are running up my arms right now because I’m listening to the song and it is on the third verse. Seriously, it is a great song.
After reading the comments on this post, I decided to give it another try on making whole wheat bread. My friend, Amanda, has posted a series on making bread but I didn’t have any lecithin so I used a recipe from Heavenly Homemakers. And my bread did not rise. I just have issues with 100 percent whole wheat. It’s not the yeast either…it is brand new. I’m going to get the ingredients that I need and try Amanda’s recipe. If you have any words of encouragement or advice on making 100% whole wheat bread, I’d appreciate it!
Even though the bread did not turn out, I had some excellent company as I was kneading the dough. Sunshine Girl joined me and I handed her a pinch of dough to knead as we worked together. She tells me all the time that she is “a mommy just like you (me)”. That does my heart good. And it keeps me in line too. These little eyes are watching me to see what a momma is to do and be.
Years ago, we planted a golden rain tree in the backyard. I love that little tree even though it blocks some sun from the garden. The colors in the autumn are absolutely brilliant. Sunshine Girl wanted to sit in the tree the other day and I had to snap a few photos. She has a little sore on the side of her mouth from the week that our family was so sick.
Now I just need to figure out how to edit out those sunspots! But I loved the pictures anyway.
Daily, I am blessed with many new artistic creations and cards from my children. I hate to throw them away but if I kept everything from my children, I would need to add a whole new room onto my house! So I keep the special things and try to recycle the others. However, it warms my soul that my kids love to express themselves with painting, drawing, and words.
I know it seems that my older boys are missing from the photos but they are out of town on their 5th (or is it 6th) annual hunting trip with PawPaw Marsh. They called earlier to tell me that they “almost” got one today. I’ve still got my fingers crossed for some venison to fill the freezer.
I hope your week is off to a great start! Have a blessed day!