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BLOG – GIFT DAY 167 :: a garden of abundance

16 Jun

My grandfather was a farmer. 
He was a good man, with twinkling, beautiful blue eyes when he smiled and laughed. He worked hard and I inherited nothing of his green thumb.

But, now, we have The Garden. 

By the way…
I was pretty psyched to see raspberries in the store today for almost 5 dollars! (They were originally $4.99 on sale for $2.99).

I had a moment of sheer pride — it felt as if I saved $5.00 with out first berry picking from The Garden.

So far, we have successfully weeded and turned over the top soil. Let me restate that — JUSTIN has successfully weeded and turned over the top soil (I helped a wee little bit.)

This is The Garden before photo, all overgrown:

And, tonight, The Garden looks like this:

All due to Justin’s green thumb. We are preparing it for seedlings and we still have some work to do, some more weeds to pull, some boxes to clean. But each night we see a little more progress.

And that makes me realize…

There are a few things I did not inherit from my grandfather.
I didn’t get his green thumb, or his ingenuity, or his beautiful, light blue sparkling eyes.

But I did inherit one thing — and that’s his appreciation for hard work.
(And, boy do I appreciate the hard work Justin has put into The Garden today!)

And, in this year of uncovering abundance, as we uncover the soil in The Garden and prepare it for our tiny little crop, which will certainly help feed us through the summer, I can almost see Grandpa’s light blue eyes sparkle — as if I finally understand.

Happy Father’s Day.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie
{happy father’s day}

GIFT DAY 091: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 15, are you telling the truth?

1 Apr

Day 15 of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge over here.

We are half-way there.

Today is an interesting day being April Fool’s Day.
All I can think about is the truth.

Part of me wants to tell you something absurdly funny today. Part of me wants to fool you, to make you laugh, to make you smile, or maybe, to shock your socks off.

I had all sorts of wild ideas of what I could write.

You would have loved it!
But it came down to this — it would not have been the truth.

And I want this place to be so near and dear to my heart that it is always the truth — as much of the truth that I am clear about in the moment.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good joke.

Grandpa Sligar, jamie eslinger, the promise daily

I can easily play the fool. I come from a long line of pranksters. My grandfather, God bless him, was a PREACHER and a PRANKSTER all wrapped into one big bear-hug of a man.

He would tease us with candy cigarettes, pretending they were real just to see how we would react when he offered one our way.

In his heyday he was known to have more than a few jokes up his sleeve. I inherited his wide angle on enlightenment and an appreciation for the funny bone too.

So today, it’s not easy for me to hold back. I SO want to unleash some funny! But, I never want to fool you.

It’s just not what this promise is about.

Let me stick to what I know I am grateful for:
1) Memories of my Grandpa – such a funny man!
2) April showers that will bring May flowers
3) Your trust

And that’s the truth.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie

{The truth? You don’ t have to share… but it feels so good when you do! Share what you’re grateful for in the comments section below.}

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