Spring Gardening

Kalen and I spotted this toad in our backyard as we were gardening on the first day of spring.  Kalen named it Jumpy.  This little toad sung to us.

This is a new addition to our gardening in the backyard.  You can see the onions on the right.  Those have been growing for awhile.  It takes a long time for onions to be ready.  Kalen, Brayden and I laid the brick walkway down.  I put up several of our tomato cages to plant our sugar snap peas and our snow peas within and around them.  Those peas love to climb.  Hopefully, when those phase out, we can plant tomatoes there.  I also planted marigold and basil seeds just in front of the cages.  On the left, you will see the bright green romaine plants.

This is a picture taken from my back deck.  You can see the layout of our garden space.

After we put the compost on our garden, we let it sit for several days.  Then, I planted kale and lettuce plants.  Over the past few days, I planted all of our seeds; kale, chard, spinach, collards, lettuce varieties, marigolds, and turnips.  I also planted my darling little seedlings that I had been taking care of inside.  Those seedlings were kale, lettuce, marigolds, and cabbage.  About half of our seedlings were healthy and strong enough to transplant.  So far, so good.

(Daniel and Jen, you would be proud)

I have started these little inside plants from other mama plants we have been growing already.  I bought the aloe at the Farmer’s Market for cheap.  I ended up getting several little aloes within the big mama plant container.


Good News

I just got off the phone with our licensing social worker and she informed me that we are now a licensed foster family/home!!!  The certificate should be mailed soon.  I am on cloud nine!  We have been approved!  Hip hip hooray!

Our licensing social worker will now give us over to another social worker that will pick up where the licensing social worker has left off.  This will entail our family being put on various lists for children that come into the system in need of care.

This does not mean we will be delivered a child this week.  This means we have done our part and are approved.  Now, we wait as the process continues.

I have not told another soul.  Scott is at a conference right now.  I can’t wait to share this with him.  I think I will run downstairs and tell our kids.  Maybe we can have a celebratory lunch!

Thanks to those that have followed us along with this process.  🙂

Compost from Carefree Ranch

It is not a chore for our family to ride out to a horse ranch in the country to pick up compost.  Driving on a gorgeous springlike day to retrieve garden gold and visit horses, you don’t have to twist our arm for this kind of thing.  Our friend, Robbie, at Carefree Ranch welcomed us again to come shovel up some compost for our garden.  Last year we visited this dreamy ranch out in Chapel Hill.  It is so refreshing just being there.

Last year, Scott and Julian shoveled up some horse manure for our garden.  This year, Robbie took us to some compost that had been sitting for sometime.  The great thing about true compost like this is that it doesn’t stink that bad.  Last year, now that was different.  Let’s just say that Scott rode home with all possible windows down.

We filled as many containers as we possibly could and headed over to where the horses were.  These beauties were so gentle and sweet.  We were able to touch them and get super close to each of them.  The kids loved it, as did Scott and I.

When we got the compost home, we shoveled it out into our garden beds that had just been tilled the day before by Scott.  We were so thrilled with the compost, Brayden and I went out the next morning and got more!

We love this little dog.  His name is Waco (yes, he is from Texas).  He is a Miniature Australian Shepherd.  We would love to have this kind of dog.  We have been looking online and such just to learn about them.  They aren’t cheap, but appear to be great dogs.

For Christmas, my Dad and Sally gave me these boots from Tractor Supply.  I told them I thought I would enjoy them for gardening.  Sally and Dad, you don’t know how much I LOVE these boots, especially when you are shoveling up horse manure/compost.

Double Digits

Julian turned 10 today.  We tried our best to make this day as special as possible for him.  Indeed it was special, very memorable.  I can’t hardly believe he is 10.  Although, it seems I say that sort of thing each year.  Must our kids grow up?

We took Julian to the Eno River today.  That is one of his favorite places to be.  He loves climbing, hiking and discovering.  He has an adventurous spirit.

I am thankful for Julian, all ten years of him.  He is so unique.  He has taught me so much about life and love.  I got out some old albums this morning.  As I poured over those photos, tears came to my eyes as I was taking in all the joys of mothering Julian.  I hope his days ahead are sweet and full of hope and joy.  I want him to keep his sense of wonder and love for life.  May he live to be old and gray with a happy heart.

Celebrating Jules . . .


Homegrown sunshine now has a new address.  My former blog with Blogger will remain, but I will no longer post on it.  So, welcome to my new home.  What better day than the first day of spring to start fresh with a new blog.  I met the limit of photos allowed with Blogger with my last blog.  I am enjoying this WordPress blog and how user friendly it is.

I enjoy blogging.  It is a fun release for me.  With all that takes place within my days, it is fun to sit down and reflect.  I like writing and expressing myself.  My posts tend to be lighthearted and family oriented.  Sometimes I choose to write in detail about my journey as a mom.  This may involve both joy and disappointment.  I enjoy photography and try to integrate our photos within my posts.  Politics, recipes, and book recommendations may be thrown in from time to time.  I don’t ever want to give the impression that our life is perfect, not messy or without our share of challenges.  I’m not a blogger that is out to convey that I have it all together.  However, it is my blog and I hope to share more shining moments than depressing ones.

Bear with me as I tinker with this new site.  I’d love for you to continue journeying with me (us).