Sep 10, 2010

Family- like a Garden

This year our garden has been a new adventure.  Our boys requested a garden box of their own-which we built- and then they told us what they wanted to plant in their box: radishes, potatoes, lettuce, basil, peppers, and edamame.  Hmmm, okay.  Why not?  How can I teach them anything about growing and nurturing a garden if I say no?  So we did it.  We had to hunt all over to find edamame seeds, and everywhere we went we were told, "edamame won't grow here".  We had to find out for ourselves.  We warned the boys, prepared the soil, and planted. 

As in years past, we have always prayed for our garden, that it might grow, that we might be able to enjoy the bounty.  And, we weed it, we water, we watch, carefully.  This year was no different in that regard; however, we have had a VERY mild summer.  But guess what:

And guess what else: Edamame from your garden are SO much tastier than edamame from the store. :)

Given the cool weather, we did have had an overall successful year.   

We had a stake president once who would always talk about the parable of the tomato.  I'm beginning to understand. 

As a child of God, I have been given a "garden box" of 4 beautiful boys, and while I am at their side we till the soil, prepare it, and then plant, and I have many opportunities to talk about Faith, about Work, about Prayer. 
As a parent, I am trying to nurture my children and I, myself, am learning much about Faith, about Work, about Prayer.  Like a garden, I try to keep the "weeds" out, and bring the good "water" in to our home.  Not all days are bright and shiny days, but most are.   I warn about more than a few seeds not sprouting, I prepare them as best as I can, and I teach.  I don't have to wait until they are older to experience the bounty; the joy of motherhood.  I get little glimpses every day. 


Jocelyn Christensen said...

Your boys ROCK! We had a garden this year too that the kids tended themselves and it was so enjoyable...a great family activity FOR SURE! Great job on the produce, girlfriend! :)

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

We had an extremely mild summer too! We needed at least 2 more weeks of warm weather but, alas, it has frosted the last three nights. All of our melons that aren't ready won't ever be ready. :( We did have a bumper crop of peas though!

My children love working in the garden! They enjoy singing "The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden" from the Children's Songbook.

Natalie said...

This one, again, brings tears. Those boys are the most beautiful garden produce I can imagine. You are ding great, with the edemamie (however it is spelled) and with boys. Good Job, Marielle. And thanks so much for the parable. Love you. . . .

Lin Floyd said...

what a sweet family. I have four sons also though they are now almost middleaged. My baby is 26 and three of my sons are dads! Many fun years of scouting...and other activities soccer, etc.