Monday, September 12, 2011

The Sweetest Days


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.

15 comments:

Camille said...

We are turing into Autumn here...so fun that we live in opposite hemispheres Ann! :)

I had to smile at this ~ "I'm so relieved they didn't go into the compost making business!" LOL!! :)

Yippeee for the new readers! Enjoy these precious days!

Happy Spring!

Blessings,
Camille

P.S. The collage of photos you have at the top of this post is lovely.

africanaussie said...

I so enjoy hearing about your life - I home-schooled my two girls while we lived and traveled on a boat. They are now both grown and working on their doctorates. You have such a lovely family. I don't watch rugby with my husband - I get out of his hair and work on some project or other, and then when I want to watch a "chick flick" he does the same. :) it works too! Enjoy your photobook - my hubby just made one for his mothers 80th birthday and it came out beautifully.

Ruby said...

Lovely post and pics Ann. I am in the same boat as africanaussie, my hubby is a car fanatic. I have never been interested or into that and he appreciates me keeping my nose out! But yes, it is lovely when couples can enjoy the same sports etc.

Jen's Busy Days said...

Every year I get to watch all the races of the Tour de France. My dh loves bike riding. Personally the bike riding is not as interesting as watching the countryside in a country that I would love to visit some day. But we still enjoy talking for 3 weeks every day about his passion.

Best wishes
Jen in NSW

Kristy Quinn said...

Hi Ann :)

It's been so long since I've been able to read my fav. blogs. It was a pleasure to revisit yours. I'm so glad all is well with your family!

*hugs*

Kristy

Far Above Rubies said...

Ann, what an encouragement June's book is to me. I'm glad you felt the same way.

The group will officially start discussions on September 19th at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard. I believe we're 12 hours apart. Will that work for you?

Sarah said...

Enjoying the sweetest season ...

Delighted to meet you tonight. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into all of God's goodness.

Splashin'.
Sarah

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Dear Ann,

Thank you for the wonderful post you left at my blog, I would like permission to post it to the official TCM website. Please contact me as soon as possible! Thank you!

Many blessings...

Pam said...

So nice to read your up-date Ann. It is that busy time of year for you, and I am still trying to shift from my fall frame of mind to your spring time, and picture you all just beginning the season. It sounds delightful at your house... very enterprising.

I like to think of you with your gardening friend; I have a couple of those as well, It is truly a sweet connection to have with a friend, and is one of the things I love to do as well... walk through and see theirs, and let them see mine. Would love to come and visit and see all your doings... look forward to hearing about the beehive.

Love that you enjoy your hubbie's sports interest. My husband enjoy's airplanes and motorcycles, and I try to enjoy that with him; whether in just dreaming of the excursion or participating in the seat behind him or next to him. We haven't had a motorcycle in a few years, but it is in the "one of these days we'll buy another" category; and the pilot's license is expired, but he hopes to be able to renew it one of these days as well. In the mean time we dream and look together.

Hope your spring days are blessed.
Much Love,
Pam

Pam said...

Hi Anne,
I am not sure if my first comment posted or not, I was having trouble posting it, and tried it again several times. It acted like it went through, but I am not sure if it just erased instead.... I saved it just before I tried sending it, so am going to try it once more just incase... hope it doesn't double the comment, but here goes anyway..

So nice to read your up-date Ann. It is that busy time of year for you, and I am still trying to shift from my fall frame of mind to your spring time, and picture you all just beginning the season. It sounds delightful at your house... very enterprising.

I like to think of you with your gardening friend; I have a couple of those as well, It is truly a sweet connection to have with a friend, and is one of the things I love to do as well... walk through and see theirs, and let them see mine. Would love to come and visit and see all your doings... look forward to hearing about the beehive.

Love that you enjoy your hubbie's sports interest. My husband enjoy's airplanes and motorcycles, and I try to enjoy that with him; whether in just dreaming of the excursion or participating in the seat behind him or next to him. We haven't had a motorcycle in a few years, but it is in the "one of these days we'll buy another" category; and the pilot's license is expired, but he hopes to be able to renew it one of these days as well. In the mean time we dream and look together.
Hope your spring days are blessed.
Much Love,
Pam

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Ann, How are you my dear! I haven't been around in forever but I wanted to say thank you for your kind words on the birth of my baby boy!
Come on by, I am doing a give away to celebrate!
Merci encore!
AmitiƩs,
Angela, Parisienne Farmgirl

Mrs. J. and Miss J. said...

It is interesting different folks have different ideas of what helps a marriage out. For us we find some interests together and some apart. My husband does express he likes his time with the guys, to just do guy things and really does not like it when other women come along. He said most of the men he knows feels that way. He works in the automotive industry and said he sees how the women are different in such then those who stick to more traditionally feminine activities. He likes the distinction of having different things for men and women. He is also sad to see that far too many young men do not seem to think this way, but still finds a majority of them still believe a woman has her place and a man has his, but would never say so in front of a woman.
Mrs. J.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Just stopped by to say hello! I love all your pics and thoughts of Spring - so sunny and full of possibilities! I do love Fall too though and we are heading into that cozy season here (though it's currently almost 100 degrees this week where I live - ugh). You have a lovely family and a lovely blog!

Farming On Faith said...

Oh my stars ~ your little guy is getting so big. What a doll.

Boston is coming for Christmas~ I am so excited!

Renata said...

Great post ~ isn't spring wonderful!! That garden looks fantastic as I'm sure yours is also. You live in a great area for growing things ~ how I wish I could visit & see your selection of plants & trees ( maybe one day :)
Have a lovely day dear friend ~ I'm off to bed
Blessings
Renata:)

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