August Fields Garden 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

We put our garden in this year, Memorial Day weekend.  So many weeds pulled, dirt turned and fingernails dirtied. It was a team effort.  

The kids were all so helpful and wow....having more older kids makes a huge difference in what can be accomplished.  It's not that more is accomplished, it' that different, more complicated things can be accomplished. Like a garden!

Here is Jack, our almost 11 year old.  He drives the tractor and brush hogs the long grass and pushes dirt around where I want to grow wild flowers.

Ian and Isaac.  Pulling weeds, turning dirt.  The beds were rota tilled several times each.  This year I added a grass killer/fertilizer.  I know, all my organic dreams crushed, but we needed some serious intervention!

This little man added two scoops of veggie food to each tomato plant.

Every time he picks a flower and brings it to me, he adds a kiss on the cheek.  Please slow down time!
Cars hat, Paw Patrol garden gloves, red boots.  Do you know how I loathed character clothing items for my older kids...of course by child 6 a few items here or there are adorable. :)
Our new kitty.... JoJo.  Or as our youngest calls her, baby JoJo.
We are constantly trimming branches!  
 The garden - June 2017.  Since putting the garden in (2011)  we have added a water line, cut from a sprinkler line. This allows us to have a hose down there.  It is also in need of a little repair.  Some of the door hinges are loose and some netting has ripped.
 I have also added 4 brackets, each with a wind chime.  It really does seem to deter animals.
 Tomatoes!
 Peppers, beans, cucumbers, snap peas and corn. The other side has Tomatoes, basil, zucchini, squash and more corn.

Scaling Down

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I think that every person goes through ups and downs.  They can be physical or emotional,  spiritual or relational.

I've certainly experienced this in each of these areas throughout my whole life!

Physical.  Well, 7 pregnancies and births should explain the ups and downs there. :)  My physical body has changed tremendously and gone all over the scales, sizes and measuring tapes.

Emotional.  If you can breath and are reading this, I know you can relate.  We were created with an desire to glorify something.  Because of this it can sway from focusing on glorifying God, to pridefully glorifying ourselves, work, things or others.  Throw in love from our heavenly Father and love to and from other people and wow.....just to remain emotionally stable takes work!

Spiritual and relational ups and downs easily fit into our lives too.

Even physical stuff.  Material items.  You've witnessed me purge through over half our house and I have a tendency to bring bags to donate or consign wherever I go.  I feel better with

less.

stuff.


I am also in a point in my life where the gift of motherhood is in full gear.  Having a baby and having older (teens) at the same time deserves an entire section in the bookstore.  Throw in physical, spiritual, emotional and relational stability.

I am able to function best in all these areas when I keep things simple.

August Fields Co.  was an amazing adventure and I loved every minute of it.  But it's time to close shop.  A business deserves attention that I can't give it right now, and quite frankly the desire to give it the attention it needs is not there.  I am so thankful to each and every person who purchased an item and encouraged me in this endeavor.

Less social media, less emails, less paperwork, less stuff.

I am really hoping that some of the changes I am making will help me to walk a more balanced path in my life.  I completely understand that life will have ups and downs that I cannot control.  Yet, I truly believe that intentionally simplifying in a way that makes me uncomfortable and is hard, will be for the better.
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