{Update #4} Our First Garden

Here’s a quick update and a few pictures of our garden. We’re still getting lettuce, spinach, and peppers. The tomato plants are so full of fruit so when they ripen we’re gonna have plenty! 

Today we planted more tomato plants (this time some grape and cherry tomatoes), bell peppers, and we gave another shot at some more bush bean seeds. We’ll see how they do, and hopefully the rabbits won’t take them over like they did the peas. (Hubby has shot two rabbits so far, but we know there’s at least one more either living in our yard somewhere or close by.)

I also planted some peppermint in an old ice cream maker bucket and I’m super excited about that! Growing up, we had a flower bed full of peppermint and I would love to do that someday, but until we own a house I’ll keep it contained in a pot. It’s a small plant at the moment but I know they grow really fast, so once it spreads some I’ll put it on the front porch beside the door for a nice, welcoming decoration. 

That’s about all there is to update you on right now, so here are some snapshots I took yesterday evening. 

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith

You’re Gonna Miss This


It’s seven o’clock on a beautiful May evening at the Stricklin home, and I’m sitting peacefully on the front porch swing, listening to the sound of the birds in the trees, an occasional moo of a calf in the pasture across the road and a bark of the dogs in the yard. The cats are pouncing playfully in the grass and the little puppy whimpers dreamily on his pallet. Every so often a donkey gets startled and begins to bray, or a tractor drives down the road across the field. A faint fire of a shotgun can be heard at the neighbors’ place, the creek trickles gently down the hill, and the sun sets in the west, painting the trees with a vivid array of gold. My brothers and sister are either playing games together, reading books, or horsing around outside. They’re all home and safe, and everything is as perfect as can be.

Quiet evenings like these are so comforting, and, like every other day, will quickly pass before we notice they’re gone. But sometimes we just need to slow down our busy lives and take a deep breath, looking all about us, awestruck, with a grateful heart. These days and these precious moments will soon be gone.

You’re gonna miss this. You’re gonna want this back. You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast. These are some good times, so take a good look around; you may not know it now, but you’re gonna miss this.

Have a blessed day!

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)