The Flowers in Our Lives

“A home without children! It is like a lantern and no candle;
a garden and no flowers; a vine and no grapes;
a brook and no water gurgling and gushing in its channel …






Children are more easily led to be good by examples of loving kindness, and tales of well-doing in others, than threatened into obedience by records of sin, crime and punishment.
Then, on the infant mind impress sincerity, truth, honesty benevolence and their kindred virtues,
and the welfare of your child will be insured not only during this life, but the life to come.


Oh, what a responsibility to form a creature, the frailest and feeblest that heaven has made, into the intelligent and fearless sovereign of the whole animated creation … they will not trouble you long.



Children grow up– nothing on earth grows so fast as children. It was but yesterday, and that lad was playing with tops, a buoyant boy. He is a man now, and gone!


Woe to him who smiles not over a cradle, and weeps not over a tomb. He who has never tried the companionship of a little child, has carelessly passed by one of the greatest pleasures of life, as one passes a rare flower without plucking it or knowing its value.”
-The Royal Path of Life, Children, 1908


August 15, 2021 - 9:16 pm

Lynnea I love seeing the rooms in your garden ~ so lush and green with pretty pops of colorful flowers. I also love how you designed your family name in lettuces and made the “Sunflower Walkway”. Creativity galore!
We planted a variety of colorful snapdragons along with some dusty miller in our large oak barrels again this year. The deer avoid eating them and they do well in our hot, dry summer climate. Also, our tiny hummingbird friends like to dip into the flowers of the “snaps”, which is always fun to see. 🙂 ~ Lynnea

August 7, 2021 - 10:34 pm

Tara Amazing!!!! My veggie garden is very very small but it brings me such joy! Also, I cannot believe that your oldest is 17!!! Wow! Time really does fly!

August 7, 2021 - 8:11 pm

Faye Henry Good Evening High! So happy to read your blog and see that you are established in hour new Island home! Every thing is beautiful! Amazing how well your gardens are doing! I expect you having a wonderful time getting to know your new province.
We are heading to The Island for a couple of days in the near future. Just far a little getaway! Take care dear and God bless!! Xoxo

August 5, 2021 - 9:20 pm

Teresa SF Oh friend, what a beautiful garden. I look forward to many harvest and pantry post! I agree the garden is so peaceful, I visit my small garden daily! Hugs sweet friend

August 4, 2021 - 7:50 pm

Diane Wow! That’s just beautiful. You did all that while moving and getting settled! Amazing woman you are! We took a break this year and only planted watermelon and pumpkins. I also did 8 tomato plants in the rock garden. I am having some health issues so I am glad I don’t have all the canning. Nothing super serious just time consuming physical therapy. Love your dress and apron by the way!

August 3, 2021 - 8:02 pm

Laura Jeanne Wow! I am in awe of what you all have accomplished in so short a time. Beautiful!

August 3, 2021 - 1:42 am

Brenda Clair (Gigi’s Mom) WOW!!! AMAZING job, what a garden to be proud of xoxo

August 2, 2021 - 4:03 pm

Christina It is indeed a beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing it with us. It does feel wonderful to provide for the family in lean times or even stressful times.