(Written Saturday March 30, 2019)
Tonight, I’m stiff and sore from climbing trees and my lower back is reminding me that I’m no longer in my 20s or 30s but it’s all because of…
First, let me say…. I have two great boys! We got an early start to the day and, after a quick breakfast, headed down to the church for a bit of yard work. You guessed it… it involved the hedge.
(If you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time you’ll know that the hedge – severely overgrown due to years of neglect – has been a regular part of our yard work at the church. We’re trying, little by little, to bring it back under control.)
- I’m thankful first and foremost for some time spent together with them. It’s tough to resist the current trend of screentime, and we’re not always the best at managing that either, but this was a morning of working together to maintain the house of the Lord, the church. Time spent together doing that is “killing two birds with one stone”.
- In addition to part of the hedge, we also tackled a large old Corkscrew Willow tree on the property. Salix matsudana, (it’s latin name), is a lovely interesting upright willow, but it is also notorious for having a relatively short lifespan. There was already a lot of dead wood on this one, so we trimmed some of the older & more horizontal branches in hopes of rejuvenating it rather than losing it altogether. There’s still more to trim, but we’ll leave that for another year. I’m thankful for one more big-little task accomplished.
- I’m thankful for the Lord’s protection while we were working. The year prior to our arrival, a lot of work was done on the hedge, but because Bro. Brochu was a fully appointed missionary, his available budget funds were much different that what we dispose of. Our support only covers our personal needs – we don’t have project budgets. For this reason, and because of the small church size, we do most of this work ourselves. For lower work on the hedge this means working with a chain saw. For work like on this willow… it involved a big ladder and a hand saw.
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