We are starting to get a few fruits ready to eat off our new trees. It is a learning experience as far as how long to let them sit. I want to leave them long enough to ripen just right, but it seems that the birds don’t mind so much and start to pick at them before they are ready. :/ I can’t wait until we have more than we can eat and don’t mind sharing with our winged friends, but with only a dozen apricots on each tree I am not feeling in a generous mood.


The plum tree will not be giving us any fruit this year I believe and that is alright with me for now. These things take time. Our figs however are going to be super producers! There are already so many baby figs growing. Each branch is just popping with fruit.


We have also had an unexpected growth in our front yard. Russell transplanted a rose bush from the back and when he put it out front he added some of our compost we have been working on for a few years. Almost immediately something started growing next to it. I assumed it was a weed because it grew so quickly, but when we were told it looked like a member of the squash family we decided to let it grow and see what happened. We eat lots of zucchini and yellow squash so parts are constantly thrown into the compost. We’d love to have some home grown veggies, especially with so little effort put in. I have not found it very easy to identify our plant by the leaves or flowers, but man alive this thing is out of control.

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I am guessing it is actually a pumpkin based on it’s size and the size of the leaves.

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Look at how it has taken over the poor rose bush!

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I guess time will tell what, if anything, will grow for us.

Done! For Now.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

Everyone who donated time, money, materials- thank you. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. Tomorrow two boxes will go out. One full of brand new diapers to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. The other to It’s Our Mission: Period!

Let me just say what a joy this has been for me. I will absolutely continue sewing as much as possible, so if you wanted to donate or participate in sewing with me you have not missed your chance!


The diapers are the same from my last post, but thanks to some other wonderful women we now have 93 liners, 34 shields and 5 wet bags all done! Good work ladies 🙂

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Sewing Update

A few of you have been asking how the sewing was going for the diapers and pads I am making to donate. Mentioned here in case you missed it. I am so excited with the progress I have been making. So far I have 12 complete diapers done, and supplies for a couple more. I also have found myself really loving working on the shields and liners for the girls in Africa. It is such a rewarding experience because with just a little bit of my time I know that it has the power to completely change the course of some girl’s life. Where she once felt shame and was forced to either drop out of school, or do horrible things to be able to take care of herself, now she will be empowered, and confident and able to better her life for herself. It is amazing to be able to be a part of that. I have made a total of 10 shields so far (each kit has 3 of these) and 21 liners (each kit has 10 of these) and 5 wet bags (each kit contains one of these). I don’t need to worry about making complete kits, as It’s Our Mission: Period! assembles the kits and makes sure there are the right amounts of everything included. A few other ladies have asked to help partner with me in sewing, pinning and assembling the materials. We are going to try to have a Sewing Bee this weekend! I am so thankful for the support I have received in this project. I look forward to helping as much as I can in the future too. Here are some pictures of some of the things I have been working on.

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five diapers in the newborn/small size
seven diapers in the medium/large size
(over $125 worth)

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examples of three different waterproof shields

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five examples of reusable flannel liners

Thanks so much to everyone who has donated money, fabric, and time to help. We are making a difference!

Our New Backyard

A while ago I posted that we were doing some work in our backyard. Rather, after four years we paid someone else to finally do something to our backyard. Now, it isn’t completely finished how we want it yet. Later in the year we will be adding some flagstone step stones and a few other small plants. When Russell gets home he and I will move the kids’ sandbox and we still need to get our pool set up in a week or so, but for today our landscaping project is complete. I absolutely love it. It is clean, we have our trees, smaller rock, and a small grass play area for the kids. It feels like there is some purpose back there!

Here is a before and after panorama. (Click on them to see them full size)

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I think you’ll agree it is already a drastic change. I’ll post again after a few more things come along. Until then, we’ll be outside!

Published in: on May 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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