What a beautiful day today was.
The kids and I waited until Xia was asleep, then we all slipped on some play clothes and went outside to enjoy the day. I grabbed the phone and the baby monitor as I stepped out the back door. Just as we were going out we heard the sound of tires crunching on the gravel coming up our driveway. A truck rounded the corner to the back of the house and I realized it was my maillady.
I walked over to her, exchanged a friendly hello, and thankfully accepted a package from her. It was Jada’s new Math Books, Yay! She asked me if I’d seen a picture of her new grandkids, and pulled out a few photos of the babies. She asked how my baby was doing. We made small talk for a moment, and then she was off.
The kids scattered into the yard while I headed for the chicken coops. I made sure all of the girls had food and water, and opened the doors to let out the biggest of the flock. My two White Leghorn hens and the rooster, Dirty Wilson, and the two Rhode Island Reds all happily jumped to the ground and went about their business of pecking around. The rooster chased a couple of the girls, and proceeded to strut his stuff around the yard.
Jada picked grass and lovingly fed it to the other hens through the wire. Titus and I went to let the goats out to graze. My next task was to clean up the yard. Apparently, a raccoon or something got into our trash and spread it out all over the place. I got to clean it up. Lucky me.
Next, I headed into the garden to start my work. My little man followed close behind saying, “Mommy, I wanna help!” What a sweet little guy he is. So, we went around pulling up stakes, wrapping up twine, removing the plastic from the rows, and picking up all of the dried up stalks. Titus happily worked alongside me. I hope to cultivate in him the desire to be a hard worker. I gave him lots of praise and told him he was working hard like Daddy. He proudly nodded, “Uh-huh!”
As Ty and I were making trips back and forth to the compost pile, throwing in the garden leftovers, the goats and chickens caught on to what we were doing. They ran to the bin, jumped in, and began rummaging around, digging out their preferred treats.
I heard Jada calling me, and found that she had climbed half way up a tall pine tree. She was so proud of how high she was. “Look at me Mommy! I’m way up here!” I congratulated her, and prayed quietly that she would not fall and break her leg! But then she yelled down to me, “Mommy, I’m going to thank God for giving me this tree to climb.” Then I heard the precious sound of her little voice thanking the Lord. I smiled as I continued my work.
As I was yanking the dried up corn stalks out of the ground I made a surprising discovery… there underneath one of the husks was a fat, lone little greenbean!! I couldn’t believe that we actually got one greenbean. It was so cute to watch the kids as they took turns admiring it.
Once the garden was finished, I went to my next task of adding newspaper shreddings to the compost pile. Both of the kids enjoyed tearing up the paper and tossing it into the bin. When the paper was all shredded, Titus helped me spray the pile with the water hose. He threatened to spray me with it, but the evil eye and wagging finger he got in return made him think twice. Rascal!
I used the hose to wash out a plastic bucket that I plan on keeping my eggshells in for next year’s tomato plants. I gathered my garden tools, cleaned them off and wiped them with oil, and carried them to the storage building.
As I walked up the hill to the building carrying my rake and hoe, I took a deep breath of the crisp wind that blew around me. The birds were chirping, the colorful fall leaves were rustling on their branches, and the sound of children’s laughter filled the air. In my heart I thanked God again for this life He has blessed me with.