Tag: grow

lessons learned: caring for the root bound

“You are root bound,” she said.  “Your prayer needs to be, ‘God, give me a bigger pot.’” That’s what my counselor said to me Tuesday, and it has resonated with my spirit ever since.  Given how I love to blog about creation and spirituality,… Continue Reading “lessons learned: caring for the root bound”

coming up through the cracks

With the onset of Spring, I’ve noticed several plants coming up through the cracks.  In the midst of a busy sidewalk or rocky wall, there grows a bit of Life that has settled in and announced, “I’m here to stay.”  She does not ask… Continue Reading “coming up through the cracks”

the “isness” of others

O Creator Lord, let me feel the “isness” of things and people, without resistance, without trying to impose my own pattern upon them or exploit them for selfish ends. Let me welcome them, enjoy them, value them, love them, for what they are and… Continue Reading “the “isness” of others”

gratitude for this day

I thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes. . . how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing… Continue Reading “gratitude for this day”

lessons learned: looking through the window

I discovered windows one afternoon and after that, nothing was ever the same. ~Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water At the end of summer, a friend and I took an afternoon to participate in a local farm tour.  At our last stop, we happened… Continue Reading “lessons learned: looking through the window”

harvest time

It’s harvest time, It’s harvest time, How rich is nature’s yield In fruit of earth And bush and tree, From orchard, farm and field. It’s autumn time, It’s autumn time, When leaves turn gold and red. In smiling sky And land and sea God’s… Continue Reading “harvest time”

autumn gardening for chickens

I’ve been away from the farm a few days and was delighted to come home to three chickens who were happy to see me. While I’d like to fool myself into believing that they missed their “mother,” but I know it is more than… Continue Reading “autumn gardening for chickens”

dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in

Dear Chicas, I have tried to provide you with the best plant matter money can buy–organic kale seeds, swiss chard, winter rye and clover.  I have even made you your own special salads with delicacies like blueberries and freeze dried meal worms.  I must… Continue Reading “dear chicas: DIY fencing to keep greedy hens out and fall veggies in”

apricot chicken and root veggies

Made this one up this morning so I imagine I’ll play around with it, but here’s the basic recipe for you to try.  Even my 13-year-old who has claimed to be disgusted by beets ate them without thinking twice. Ingredients: boneless, skinless chicken breasts… Continue Reading “apricot chicken and root veggies”

lessons learned: what thinning plants can teach us about patience

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson   One night last week after studying for tests and recounting the day’s “learning opportunities,” I headed outside while my daughter got ready for bed.  In spite of Evening knocking at the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what thinning plants can teach us about patience”

growing grace farm’s award winning zesty marinara recipe

This year, I submitted blackberry and blueberry jams, my blue ribbon pickled okra, and spaghetti sauce in the NC Mountain State Fair.  Though I had spent time getting the recipes just right on the jams and okra (a girl’s gotta keep up her reputation),… Continue Reading “growing grace farm’s award winning zesty marinara recipe”

freezing herbs–a taste of summer all year long

My sweet mom bought me 4 plants of Thai basil back in May, and they have gone wild!  Along with my regular sweet basil, I have used it in a multitude of recipes but also want to savor it this winter in some Thai… Continue Reading “freezing herbs–a taste of summer all year long”

plant the plate

Thanks, Little Sis at mysisterspantry.wordpress.com, for this blog post.

gentle gardeners, people of faith, and environmentalism

This morning, I picked up a book I’ve not read in awhile.  I was hoping for some inspiration for a meditation this morning, and when I’m limited in time, I return to books that touch my spirit This morning, I’d like to share a… Continue Reading “gentle gardeners, people of faith, and environmentalism”

grape leaves before sunset

the “isness” of others

O Creator Lord, let me feel the “isness” of of things and people, without resistance, without trying to impose my own pattern upon them or exploit them for selfish ends.  Let me welcome them, enjoy them, value them, love them, for what they are… Continue Reading “the “isness” of others”

drying hydrangeas

One of my favorite ways to “wrap” a gift is to place it in an understated colored gift bag then use dried hydrangeas (and other flowers that I have on hand) as the filler instead of tissue paper.  The other day, I passed along… Continue Reading “drying hydrangeas”

looking for answers

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. . . Don’t search for the answers, they could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to… Continue Reading “looking for answers”


Meditation I, the blazing life of divine wisdom, I set alight the beauty of the plains, I radiate the waters, I glow in the Sun, and the Moon and the stars. With wisdom I order all things right, I beautify the Earth. I am… Continue Reading “meditation”

lessons learned: anything can be

Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves then listen close to me. . . Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein I am looking down at my… Continue Reading “lessons learned: anything can be”

my friend, Summer Saturday

While I am not one for the heat of summertime, I do love me a Summer Saturday.  She can be very welcoming, you know, with her visits to farmers’ market, weekend trips to the beach/mountains, and days out on the farm.  She beckons me… Continue Reading “my friend, Summer Saturday”

vinca after rain

there’s nothin’ better than. . .

Today, as I was working out in the gardens, I picked a few fresh green beans, and uttered, “There’s nothing better than eating green beans off the vine.” Awhile later, cool raindrops began to fall and quench my hot skin even though the sun… Continue Reading “there’s nothin’ better than. . .”

butternut squash

growing grace farm on a sunny summer Saturday

lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship

Last night, a handful of us headed over to the community garden at our church. You see, our woman’s group decided to become the seed planters, literally and figuratively speaking, for a new ministry with and in the community where we live.  It is… Continue Reading “lessons learned: tomato cages and friendship”

tomatoes: dehydrating for a little summer all year ’round

There is nothing I like more than throwing a handful of sundried tomatoes into a dish to add a bit of tangy punch and a little bit of summer.  Tonight, I wandered out to the tomato and pepper bed, rounded the corner, and ta-dah! … Continue Reading “tomatoes: dehydrating for a little summer all year ’round”

farmers’ markets: tips for the trip

So you’ve found your local market, and you’re ready to head out–what’s next? Give yourself plenty of time!  There’s so much to see and explore.  The market is not like the grocery store–it’s not about getting in and out with the necessities.  Take the… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: tips for the trip”

farmers’ markets: from farm to table–it’s what’s for dinner

This past weekend, I had the opportunity for a girls’ night out with a dear friend.  We picked a restaurant that we knew would be quiet  and relaxed but not necessarily lauded for its food.  We were delightfully surprised when the waitress laid down… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets: from farm to table–it’s what’s for dinner”

prayer for rain

Give life to the grass by sending us rain. Give life to our earth by sending us rain. Give life to our crops by sending us rain. Give life to our children by sending us rain. ~Dinka Prayer, Sudan I almost didn’t recognize Morning… Continue Reading “prayer for rain”

farmers’ markets

Seeing as it is midsummer and most farmers’ markets are in full swing with fruits, veggies, and flowers, I thought I might do a series of posts on this wonderful local shopping experience.  I am always thrilled to see a new vegetable stand or… Continue Reading “farmers’ markets”

beautiful day

See the world in green and blue See China right in front of you See the canyons broken by clouds See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out See the Bedouin fires at night See the oil fields at first light And see the… Continue Reading “beautiful day”

lessons learned: bloomin’ where you’re planted

Bloom where you are planted. ~Mother Jones It has been a busy couple of weeks–busier than I’d like to imagine.  And in all of God’s humor (she does like to tease me), I’ve also encountered what we’ll call a few “life lessons” along the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: bloomin’ where you’re planted”

every moment plants something in your soul

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. ~Thomas Merton

the story of ginger peach jam as told by a southerner

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it. ~Alice Walker Once upon a time there was a little girl who, every summer, was surrounded by peaches.  That was a delight… Continue Reading “the story of ginger peach jam as told by a southerner”

my newest discovery–chive flowers

Thanks to a busy schedule the last couple of weeks, I had left my chives to fend  for themselves.  Thankfully, their height kept them from being choked out by runaway mint!  Before I knew it, the chives were starting to create bulbous pods on… Continue Reading “my newest discovery–chive flowers”

every laugh line on your face, made you who you are today

This is for all you girls about 42 Tossin’ pennies into the fountain of youth Every laugh, laugh line on your face Made you who you are today. ~This One’s for the Girls, sung by Martina McBride Thank you, Martina McBride, for singing those… Continue Reading “every laugh line on your face, made you who you are today”

10 ways to turn off the tv and turn on nature

So last night, our Just Be women’s group met at the community garden at church for a night of prayer, fellowship, and laughter.  We started this garden a couple of months of ago, but it’s been slow to take shape given weather and time… Continue Reading “10 ways to turn off the tv and turn on nature”

lessons learned: the waiting is the hardest part (but it’s not useless, Dr. Seuss)

The waiting is the hardest part. ~Tom Petty You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the waiting is the hardest part (but it’s not useless, Dr. Seuss)”

wilting on the vine

Last week, my dear friend extended an impromptu invitation to dinner on Friday night.  It was kind and thoughtful, and  normally, with two hours of child-free time, I would have jumped at the chance.  But Friday night, I found myself saying to her, “I… Continue Reading “wilting on the vine”