Porch Sweet Porch

“I return to my front porch to find the place where the air smells sweeter and the sun feels warmer than at any other bend in life’s long road.”~John Sarris

Hello good friend! Welcome to the porch. It’s just ahead.IMG_9240Take one step up.IMG_9243Here we are!IMG_9113Come sit with me in the comfiest rocking chairs around. Here’s an iced tea.IMG_9114Let’s catch up on everything and try and make sense of life’s ups and downs. We’ll laugh and maybe cry, smile and listen, share and nod. Just being with you brings me comfort and joy! IMG_9244IMG_9121Amidst our conversations we’ll hear the songs of the birds, the whispers of the leaves, and the whirr of the hummingbirds.

I’m so grateful that in this big wide world we found each other. Aren’t we lucky? Come back soon!

Trees of Love

It’s tree planting time around here! We have a tradition of planting a tree on our property to honor each of our children and grandchildren. Yes indeed, our new little one who is due in July now has her own tree.

It’s a Mt. Fuji Flowering Cherry with such beautiful and delicate white and pale pink double blossoms. IMG_3781I knew the tree would go into a bit of shock when it was planted and so I left it in its nursery can and waited until it was finished blooming before putting it into the ground. Here it is.
IMG_8979We added three low growing ceanothus and three spirea around the tree. I’m really looking forward to seeing this new garden bed in all its glory come next spring.IMG_8980And just look what we dug up while planting! Five of them! The heart rock that is third from the left was right in the hole for the tree, and the other four were found while preparing and digging the six other holes for the other plants in the new garden. What a thrill!IMG_8977We didn’t live in this house when my children were born, and didn’t get around to planting trees for them until their high school years when we were working on landscaping much of our property.

This is a variegated dogwood planted for one of our sons. Aren’t those show stopping leaves?
IMG_9079And this is the sweet leaf of the Eastern Redbud that we planted for our other son. Both trees have spectacular blooms in early spring as well as stunning fall color.IMG_8885This gorgeous dark leaved Japanese Maple found a permanent home here as we waited for our grandson’s arrival.IMG_9125And here is the graceful Japanese Maple that was planted for our first grand daughter two years ago. Each of the lovely Japanese Maples puts on its own spectacular show in the fall.IMG_9123Walking through the gardens I can’t help but feel the great sense of connectedness, comfort and love that each of these trees of love provides. Oh yes, and nearby each special tree are heart rocks! But you already knew that, right?

Back Where It Belongs

IMG_8990 Many years ago when I was pregnant with my first baby, a friend and I had gone out shopping. We were at World Market when I fell in love with a simple, natural wicker bassinet. That dear friend bought the bassinet and surprised me with it for my baby shower, and together, she and I made the bedding for it.

It was Mother’s Day thirty three years ago, the day I came home from the hospital with my newborn son, when I first put my little love in this sweet nest. It was so light that I could easily pick it up and move it around with me throughout the house and yard, wherever I needed to be. Three years later that bassinet was ready for my second son, and after that went on to be borrowed by countless friends and relatives throughout the years. It then sat empty in our garage for many years, too special for me to part with. Waiting for grand babies.

Three and a half years ago when our son and daughter in law were expecting their first baby, I dusted off that treasure, took it in to a furniture repair business to have the wicker re-tied, and then had it sanitized. I stained it and had a seamstress make a new mattress and bedding for it. Our first sweet grand baby was born and out it went to be a comfy nest for him during his first few months of life. Sixteen months later, it was there for the second child. This time a grand daughter. When my son and his wife decided that their family was complete, I was asked if I wanted the bassinet back. At that time my other son and his love had decided that they weren’t going to have children, and so, as difficult as it was to say goodbye to it, I took comfort knowing that other newborns would be using it. The bassinet was sold through a Facebook group for parents and I was assured that it was exactly what the new owners were looking for!

A few months ago we learned that we would be welcoming our third grand baby in July. Yep, our other son and his love announced that they were expecting their first baby. Surprise!

Imagine my complete and utter shock when this past weekend, Mother’s Day weekend, my son and daughter in law opened the back of their SUV and presented me with my gift. The family bassinet had made it’s way back home! IMG_8959Through tears of joy, I listened to their story of how my daughter in law put out a plea on the Facebook group to try and track down and buy the bassinet back. I’m told they’d been working on finding it for a month, and that once the couple who bought it heard our story, they graciously sold it back.

The beloved little baby bed has been cleaned again, re-stained, and is now at my other son’s home waiting to hold another of our babies.  The story of finding it and bringing it back home makes the bassinet that much more special and meaningful. My thoughtful son and daughter in law, that much more precious to me. My heart is overflowing with love and gratitude and appreciation, and did I say love? I know it’s meant to stay with us. Its traveling days are through!