{Update #1} Our First Garden

We’ve had lots (and lots!) of rain recently, and plenty of sun the past few days, so everything in the garden has really shot up and is looking really great so far. The tomato and pepper plants have blooms on them now, the cabbage plants are huge, the peas are growing fast, and the carrots, spinach, lettuce, and fennel are sprouting up too. The other things we’ve planted are popping up, and it’s really starting to look like a good Summer garden now.

We’re super excited to be gathering food from our own back yard, and I’m so thankful we have this opportunity to show our daughter about God’s earth and how He makes it all grow.

 

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Eden by her garden.


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Sprouting!


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Carrots, lettuce, and spinach are popping up!

 

 

 

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Peppers, broccoli, cabbage, peas, beans, tomatoes, and the raised bed.


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Cabbage and broccoli.


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Tomatoes!


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“Clothes on the clothesline hangin’ in the sunshine, a garden growin ‘ in the ground.” -Josh Turner, “Way Down South”

Have a great day!

~Courtney Faith

 

Toddler Easter Basket for under $10

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With Easter less than two weeks away, parents and grandparents all over the place are going to be (if they’re not already) filling up baskets with lots of goodies and toys.

Last year Eden was only a tiny baby so I didn’t go to any trouble of fixing her up a basket with things she wouldn’t give a care about, but this year she’s a toddler with such a big personality and I’m excited to be fixing up and giving her something she’ll actually enjoy now. Maybe a basket with fake grass and plastic eggs is a little bit over the top for a gift for a little kid, but it’s fun and I want her to have little memories like I did when I was younger, waking up on Easter morning to a few little goodies and some chocolate.

For a while I struggled with good ideas for what I could put in her basket. What does a little girl who still sometimes puts things in her mouth but usually doesn’t, and can understand what certain things are for need in her Easter basket? I didn’t want to buy her junky stuff she’ll never play with, and I didn’t want to spend a bunch on it either, and I really wanted to get small things to be able to hide in plastic eggs, so I brainstormed for a while, made me a little list, and then went shopping.

I wound up buying things from two stores; Walmart and Dollar Tree. They have a really good selection for Easter/Spring and so I got my stuff there, but I’m sure a lot of things they have can be found at other stores as well.

I’ll give you the prices of Eden’s basket and what’s in it, and then I’ll list a few other ideas for fun basket and egg fillers (including some things for if you have a boy).


Eden’s Basket:

  • Plush bunny ($2.98 at Walmart)
  • Milk chocolate bunny ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Two sets of necklaces– 5 necklaces total ($.98 per set at Walmart)
  • Bucket– the baskets I saw were either huge or super tall, but the handle on a bucket is short enough for a toddler to carry, and they have really cute Easter ones ($.88 at Walmart)
  • Fake grass, or whatever it’s technically called ($.98 at Walmart)
  • Pack of chalk– 6 colors in big egg shapes, perfect for chunky baby hands! ($1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Large plastic eggs– large so things can fit inside easier ($.98 at Walmart)

Other Ideas:

  • Teething toys or cookies (egg filler)
  • Matchbox cars (egg filler)
  • Socks (egg filler)
  • Pacifiers (egg filler)
  • Crayons
  • Small Bible or New Testament
  • Board books
  • Small bouncy ball
  • Sippy cup
  • Sunglasses
  • Play dough
  • Hair bows (possible egg filler)

Happy Spring, everyone! What are some things you’re putting in your child(ren)’s basket(s) this Easter?