Spring on the Homestead

The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes,
and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

“They’re back …. the frogs are back!” I heard the children call through the kitchen window.

With the dishes finally finished and the kitchen put back to order after a morning of school and meals, I donned my boots and tossed on a sweater. Frog hunting is something not to be missed!






“Let’s go, children–  come, show me where they are!” and off we tromped to the pond in the middle of our field … hush now, everyone be quiet (as quiet as you can be with toddlers and anxious and excited four year old boys) or else the big girls won’t find the frogs … shhh, wait until you can hear them croak.


“There’s one!” one enthusiastic hunter squealed, as all the children made a mad dash for the edge of the water. Boots slipping in the mud, arms desperately reaching for their capture … finally, yes, one frog – a bit one – and one missing half his foot! – was detained — and released after a few minutes of investigation by the younger crowd.




Spring – a promise of beautiful moments, fresh air and a clean start … new beginnings and unknown adventures … what will you accomplish this spring and summer, I ask myself … life slips by so quickly – every spring is a miracle and every summer to come is a blessing.




Yes, frog-hunting is sure sign of spring for the Gauthier family … finding tadpoles and chasing frogs is an annual event around here… muddy boots, chilled fingers from dipping into the pond’s cool winter waters, happy little ones and mud streaked overalls …



Yes, spring is here on Prince Edward Island.

And for that, my heart is glad.



May 1, 2022 - 3:18 pm

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse Have you begin your garden yet? What are your plans for your Tea Garden! May your gardens be blessed and your pantry full!

April 28, 2022 - 6:25 pm

Mrs. Cox How wonderful!

Thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

I wish all children could be loved, nurtured and guided like these dear children.

I feel like putting on my boots and hunting for frogs!

April 27, 2022 - 11:12 am

Gigi Laura, yes, I agree – I had the same childhood and I would not want it any other way for any child! I love the freedom of the outdoors!
So glad you are hearing the frogs; Spring!!!

April 26, 2022 - 9:33 pm

Laura Jeanne What a very beautiful childhood your children are getting to experience…it’s sad to think that many children today aren’t outside enough to experience the joys of frog hunting. Oh, and the frogs are here in southern Ontario too! Amy told me yesterday there were 5 frogs in our small pond. I love the sound they make…when you hear the frogs you know spring has arrived for real!

April 26, 2022 - 12:29 pm

Teresa SF Happy Spring!

April 25, 2022 - 7:34 pm

Tandi Sypolt I love your new post. I’m new to your blog but have been reading all your posts for the last couple of weeks. I’ve learned a lot! You’ve inspired me so much. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

April 25, 2022 - 5:45 pm

Laura We love tadpoles and frogs. We don’t see many where we live, due to little wet areas. We also love the sound of the spring peepers, one of the first sounds to hear in the spring. What blessed children you have to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors!

April 25, 2022 - 5:28 pm

Monica So lovely! Spring has come!

We’ve been hearing toads croaking at night as we sit on the porch (another springtime favorite!). Music to the ears. Love pictures of the Gauthier children. ((Hugs))