Pressing Back

As this week began, even with the four of us working at it, I felt the pressure keeping up with our super-sized vegetable garden. The weeds were seriously battling for the ground that served the livestock well in previous years.

Often I’d spend enough time bent over the rows that moving the rest of the day was a challenge. Even so I’m glad for it. Taking a little time out with ice packs each day began as physical therapy. As often happens I soon turned to prayer and in no time rose again refreshed and determined to keep up the good work.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

About mid-week Cole took advantage of a western breeze. He mounted a tank on the ATV and drove it around the garden side of the fence, spraying the outward perimeter as he went.

Surprisingly, the only casualty was one sprinkler head at the north end and the conductor holding the hot wire above it. We replaced them quickly so the sun didn’t burn the entire north end of the crop. Two days later we can barely see where the balloon-like tires rode over the cantaloupe vines.

With a couple of days of light cloud cover we took a break from weeding to bring in the first loads of fire wood. Staying warm this winter should be much easier with a new log splitter due to arrive any time now.

With all that we still found time to relax a minute, count our blessings and gear up for fireworks later on this week.

And the lessons continue.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)




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12 responses to “Pressing Back

  1. Arrgh! Nasturshums look nothing like begonias, and yet I’m forever confusing the names of the two!


  2. I’m glad to hear you have a log-splitter on the way, that’s a lot of wood! And my, what beautiful flowers you have! The hanging pot is a stunner 🙂

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  3. Great looking garden. Stay cool this week. God bless!


    • Thank you, Nancy. Accu-weather jumped the gun last week so we were ahead of the game, putting the A/C in the bedroom window a week early. Be blessed and keep praying it forward! ❤


  4. Love to read about your garden and the vegetables. Do you grow so much for the family use ?


    • I’m so glad for your visits, Susie. The ginormous garden is a whole other story in the upcoming book. Basically Cole had an idea in his head and went with it – ignoring Izzy and I warning him how much work it would take! We planted awfully late into the season and the ground wasn’t properly worked first – hence all the extra weeding. Then there are the daily lessons – like Cole driving the ATV on the garden side of the fence…

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  5. Lovely garden. You must have a ton of energy to have so many lovely spots. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for reminding me from whom I can get revived. Thanks to our Lord. He does care.


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