Lessons from My Garden…

i have been gardening… and a couple of weeks ago, against the better advice of experienced gardeners, i allowed my OCB self to convince me into uprooting a young pumpkin plant and re-planting it further along the plot.

You see, i got these 3 pumpkin plants as a group from an experienced gardener who grew them lovingly from seed. They were all in the same pot when they came to me, i thought i will not risk splitting them up. So i popped them into the ground as they were, roots all entangled and everything. And they GREW!

lessonfrommygarden20160708aFrom the above picture, taken at the start of June, they have more than tripled in size. So you can see that the left side was getting crowded and if they grow some more and start fruiting…

Anyhow, i decided (yes, against better advice) to make the plot bigger and move the biggest one to the right.


It did not like it one bit, being taken away from its brother and sister, and being uprooted and moved. It went all brown, the leaves dried up and the flowers wilted and looked like it would not make it.

BUT i decided to try my best and care for it; i talked to it, encouraged it, loving gave it water and fertilisers. And LOOK!

lessonfrommygarden20160708bIt has come back; it has produced a lovely yellow flower and new leaves. i decided to leave its brown and dead bits because firstly, i don’t want to traumatise it further and secondly, it is a good reminder of what this little pumpkin plant went through to get to where it is today with its pretty flower and fresh new leaves.

This whole experience made me think about the orphans i advocate for – for DEAN, whom we pray for daily and wait expectantly for a family to come for him, for DENNY, who is my Orphan of the Month and we also wait expectantly for a family for him.

These children have gone through so much more than my little pumpkin plant. Yet time and again, i hear and see evidence given by adoptive families that LOVE can make a DIFFERENCE! They tell amazing stories of how their adopted children grow and change and blossom!

While adoption is not on the cards for my family at the moment, we love these children from afar and advocate for them; hoping and praying for a loving family to be brave and step up for them because we know they are beautiful children and they will bloom under caring parents, just like my pumpkin plant did.

So please join me in praying for these children, especially for DEAN and DENNY. Join me in sharing their stories across social media so that more can help, and who knows among those you know maybe the family for these boys.

You can click on their names to go to their profile pages on Reece’s Rainbow.

Thank you.


Orphan of the Month for July and August… Angel Crafts Shop…

i have to report, once again, sadly, that there has been no sale in the months of May and June so my Orphan of the Month for those months, DENNY, did not get anything added to his grant.

So DENNY stays on as Orphan of the Month for July and August!

This is the last chance we will have to add to DENNY‘s adoption grant. After August, he will join other 10 years old and above children and be added in for the pooled grant of US$10,000, which will be given to the family who steps forward to adopt him when they are successful in their application to Reece’s Rainbow for a Family Sponsorship Page (FSP).

DENNY is said to be a spunky little one who is a favourite with the carers at his orphanage. They think he is special. His medical need is hydrocephalus. He is obedient and very helpful. He is caring towards other children and has normal development in his gross and fine motor skills. His language skills are below par for his age but he understands all instructions and is potty-trained. He is introverted but he smiles a lot.

DENNY sounds like such a sweet boy and a wonderful addition to any family. An adoption within his own country would be very unlikely because he’s an older boy and because of his medical condition. A costly international adoption is the best chance for him to have a family of his own.

His grant with Reece’s Rainbow is currently at US$4.95. i would like to see that grow to at least US$50. Please help me to grow DENNY‘s grant!

During the months of July and August, shop at Angel Crafts Shop and 50% of all sales will go to DENNY‘s grant. So come shopping!

Please do also pray for DENNY; pray for his daily needs and most of all, for a family to step up for him. You can also share his story so more people can help. Click on his name or picture to go to his profile page. Thank you very much.


My Garden…

i thought i just share a few pictures of my little garden… Enjoy!

Top: Planted a mini Blue Cedar, along with some Dahlia buds and some purple and white Campanula (i think that’s what they are called), in April. Bottom: Added some Maybells to the plot in May.
One of the Dahlia buds finally sprouted! About 4 weeks after planting. Still waiting for the other one to come up.
Top: i was given some mini Pumpkin plants at the end of April. Bottom: that is what they look like today😉
Finally, some pretty wild flowers growing under our pear tree. i don’t know the names of these flowers. Maybe someone could enlighten me?