Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Man


I found these before the birds did. I used to eat only the perfect ones, but not any more. If something has taken a little bite, I just trim it off and enjoy the rest. Maybe next year there will be enough to make a pie. I have ordered rhubarb plants and 25 more strawberry plants. Burgess sells things pretty cheap, unless someone knows of an even better supplier for less?








I find the sight of my man working so attractive. There is something about the image of a man and his hands, forearms, and the way he moves them that stirs my heart. As I watch, and admire, respect grows for the skills, and dedication this man has to do good things for his family.

This old tiller belonged to Jimmy's uncle. It has plowed a lot of fields. Our little field is ready to plant. I wish you could see the fertilizer fly from his hands, it's like a dance. My heart is singing with the promise of the garden. I am praying for a good crop, and protection from ravenous big bugs! It will be war out there.

Tomorrow I am going to plant the seed for the herbs. We have to think and plan where everything is going to go. Lots of decisions to make.

Speaking of decisions. This man that I love turned down a very hefty differential in my pay to work night shift. I had to give an answer today about which I would chose. When I asked him he said, "we miss you, forget the money". Let me assure you this was no small sum, it is 15% of my total pay and with 16 years of experience that is no small sum either. It was good to discover that I can do nights if I have to. Even sweeter to discover that my family misses me when I'm not here. I felt liberated to chose the daylight. I am looking forward to summer evenings in the garden together and all that daylight holds. We were not made to exist in the dark.

Just when you think you already love, your heart can swell with more.

16 comments:

jojo said...

that was the sweetest post i've read in a long time. I need to get my man out in the garden ;D

Flea said...

Stop making me cry.

Chris H said...

That is going to be an awesome vege patch. Your man is adorable. THAT IS ALL.

Kathy said...

Wonderfully sweet! I understand exactly what you mean about watching your man.... I am glad to hear you chose days.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

What a wonderful, tender post. Beautifully written.

By the way, spelling is over rated. I have decided I don't spell poorly, I spell creatively.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

awwwwww I know just how you feel and how he feels too cause mike says the same thing hence why I am still not working anywhere... Rhubarb and strawberries NOW you are talking my favorite foods... YUMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYY!
wonderful post...

Heidi said...

Its nice to feel all of those feelings for the same person for so many years isnt it... :) Your lucky and so is he Karen. :) I posted your mustard plaster today!! Cant wait to get pictures of your garden comeing up!

Mrs Mom said...

You echoed my thoughts about seeing my husband in the garden too, or where ever we happen to be working.

Glad you were able to stay on days! ;)

Here's hoping for a fabulous growing season for you too!!!

LadiesoftheHouse said...

We miss you, forget the money? Oh be still my heart! What a treasure you have!!

I love the garden photos, keep 'em coming.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Love . . . nothing else much matters, does it?

So glad you chose days.

It gently rains today . . . I bake bread . . . write to friends . . . praise the Lord . . . it is well with my soul.

Thank you for the prayers, sweet friend. Love . . . nothing else much matters.

Big Hair Envy said...

SUCH an inspiring post! Looks like you have one special fella there;) I must admit that I'm a bit envious of that beautiful garden plot. Can't wait to see what's to come from that rich soil...

Have a great weekend!

Rosie_Kate said...

Your garden's gonna be great!

And strawberries?? I'm jealous. I live waaaay to far north...

noble pig said...

Oh that's so sweet! Night shifts can create havoc in a home. Glad you'll be enjoying summer evenings together.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Lovey. My man, and also me, have been working out in our garden all day today. We enjoy it so much!

Trudy said...

That's a wonderful man you've got! I think you mentioned the amount in a former post that night shifts would add to your salary--and it WASN'T a small sum!! I LOVE the fact that you and your husband trust in the Lord enough to want to live in the LIGHT!! My husband worked swing shifts for 42 years, and believe me--it's not good for a body or a mind to work so many different kinds of hours.

Grandma J said...

I can hardly wait to see your garden in it's full abundance. Your man is quite the gardener.