Green Winter

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Today I took a break from the demands of my day and spent some time in the garden. Last time we were in town I bought a rake, and I put it to good use this afternoon, clearing some piles of branches and pinecones and the garden beds and pathways. Before we bought our house it was vacant for five years, and the once beautiful gardens were overgrown and in need of some love. I haven’t done much gardening, but I love the challenge to bring it back to life. My ambitions this year are simple, mostly just to clear the yard so we have a fresh start, and get a little herb garden going.

I also can’t believe that it’s the first day of  February and there are things growing in my garden! It’s a far cry from the Alberta winters I’m used to, where plants don’t start budding and blooming until late May or June! I haven’t really had any moments missing the snow, probably because I’ve been enraptured by the eternal green that surrounds me.

Did any of you make New Year’s resolutions? I didn’t make a list myself, but I did write down some words and themes that I want to see in my life this year. One word that kept popping into my mind is BLOOM. I’ve been planted in a rich community, and the past few months that we’ve lived here have been so full of vibrancy and friendship and healing. It’s amazing how being surrounded by an authentic, honest community brings out the best everyone. When we encourage and build each other up, not only are we seeking the best for those around us, but we are also living our potential and we in turn are encouraged and built up. It is a beautiful cycle that I am grateful to be a part of.

I’ve been doing a lot of growing in the past year, and now, like the bulbs that are pushing up through the dirt in my garden right now, I look forward to this next season where I can bloom in this beautiful community where I’m planted.

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