Spring has arrived at Eight acres of Eden and the past few weeks have been very busy for me. I have had little time to write blog posts but wanted to let you know what I am taking time out for as I work on future posts that I hope will encourage and inspire you.
I have started putting together a family recipe journal. This is something I have wanted to do for my children for a long time. I am using digital scrap booking software and in a few weeks I hope to review this software and also offer a giveaway to my blog readers. I am a complete novice at this and will be dedicating my computer time over the next week or so to this project. When it is finished or near completion I will share my efforts and maybe a recipe or two - only the real family favourites are going into this book!
I am also writing a guest post for a new homeschooling website that was set up by a homeschooling mother in Alaska with the intention of encouraging new homeschoolers. I just love to offer encouragement to others who are joining me on this journey. I am prayerfully considering and giving thought to what I will write about as I share about our homeschool life down under.
I am helping and encouraging my teens as they get very busy with their own businesses. My home is stacked high with all the clutter of their enterprises. Market gazebos, plastic containers holding all my daughter's baking supplies and boxes and boxes of hand made soap (not made by me or my family but sold by my son who I now believe could sell snow to an Eskimo!) At least it all smells great - I'm so relieved they didn't go into the compost making business! I make myself available to help out and offer advice, giving my son feedback on the website designs he is creating for clients. One is for a store that sells beautiful home wares. I am more than happy to do this for him!
I am watching rugby union games with my husband. I married a New Zealander - they are passionate about rugby and the Rugby World Cup has just commenced in New Zealand. He really appreciates that I watch rugby games with him, that as a young wife I chose to take a real interest in a game that made little sense to a girl who grew up in the city of Liverpool in England where soccer reigns supreme! I know the names of most of the players and I'm even familiar with the code of rugby league. If I could give one piece of advice to a new bride it would be this - take an interest in the sport or activity that your beloved follows. Even if it holds no appeal to you. Make that sacrifice. Give up an hour or two of your Friday or Saturday evening, step away from the blog or Facebook if need be and sit with him and watch that game and discuss it at breakfast the next day. I expect to be having lots of discussions about rugby with my husband over the next two weeks. I call it marriage preservation.
These are the sweetest days. I'm embracing these days, tasting their sweetness whilst the hive is still full of busy bees. Teenagers are buzzing in and out, a daughter is diligently writing out her Chinese characters with a brush and bemoaning the fact that the library only allows you to reserve up to 20 books! I have twins who are learning to read and a toddler who I spend lots of time chasing around. He's exploring everywhere and is like Bear Grylls in miniature form. Has no fear of steep inclines or ravines. He also loves to sing and grabs the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner and comes and serenades me. At just 2o months! My first musical child. A future Josh Groban perhaps? It is the sweetest sound and I just love to hear him singing.
So please excuse me as I return to my hive and tend to the bees and the hive. My husband has mentioned the possibility of setting up a real bee hive this year which is why I thought to use the illustration of a hive to give you a picture of what our home life looks like at the moment. It is also spring and a busy time in the garden too. Vegetables are going in and we keep adding trees to our orchard. I have a lady from my community coming to visit soon. She is practically self-sufficient and wants to see my garden. She gave me my first batch of sourdough starter and taught me how to make sourdough bread. She's quite a character. She's bringing a friend along. Our door is always open and we love having people visit and I need to make time for the people that the Lord sends our way and offer sweet fellowship and the hand of friendship.
Visiting the gardens of others is so inspiring! This photograph was taken a number of years ago when we toured the large rambling garden of the lady who will visit me soon. She grows all kinds of tropical fruits and vegetables and loves to share cuttings, gardening advice and recipes!
I love this quote from Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It seems very apt for springtime and my own gardening aspirations.
'To potter with green, growing things, watching each day to see the dear, new sprouts come up, is like taking a hand in creation, I think. Just now my garden is like faith-the substance of things hoped for.'
I pray that your new season is a sweet one too.
Until next time.