May 5, 2011 § Leave a comment


I’m finding myself very grateful this spring to live in the woods, with our garden, our animals, and our community. Every morning our daughter wakes up and the first the she says is, “go to garden, see Papa, eat strawberries, see duckies, make smoothie.” There are so many things about this that make me deeply happy…

She knows her Papa is out in the garden every morning. We spend a lot of time there and it’s where she wants to be, with him, me, the plants {strawberries in particular this season}, and our ducks. So we get up, get dressed, grab our strawberry picking bowl and make our way to the garden. She opens the gate and runs to the strawberry beds at the far end of the garden, plops down and starts eating. She takes a few breaks to help me pick, but mostly she’s filling her belly with sweet fruit we’ve been loving and growing ourselves. Our strawberries are planted with our raspberries and surrounded by violets, lamb’s ears and lemon balm. Often times she sits and watches the butterflies and bees swarm the raspberries and ponders why she can’t quite catch the butterflies to pet them. When our bowl is full, we show Papa our bounty, say by to our duckies, and head back home to make breakfast.

She’s been in a smoothie mood lately and every morning she decides what color she wants her smoothie to be. Some mornings it’s pink, others it’s green or purple. We add as much good stuff as we can and as she says ‘vroom vroom.’ Blend and drink….and end up with smoothie all over her face, my clothes and furniture. šŸ™‚ But I love that my 2 year old knows where her food comes from. I love that she’s making choices about what she wants to eat and that we have the ability to grow nurishing food for her. I love that we venture out to the garden every morning and come home and create together. I can’t wait to see what we come up with when our summer bounty overflows into our kitchen, her dreams, and our daily playing, learning, exploring and creating.

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