Here’s a look at what else had already bloomed in my garden…
Spring sort of hit us, it was not a gradual thing this year. A friend commented that it was like someone flipped a switch and we went from winter to spring instantly. And my poor boys (big and little) are both suffering from serious allergies.
Yes, we are back from summer hols and today was the first day of school.
The first day my boy steps into a new chapter of his school life! My teenager! More about that in another post… maybe.
Usually, i fill this post with all the sights we have seen and the things we have done and the food we have eaten while on holiday. But not this year.
This year was spent dealing with the long-term medical needs of both my in-laws who were in the hospital from May to July. We spent 2 plus weeks as their full-time, 24/7 carers, the rest of the time training the 2 hired helpers/carers. It was what we needed to do and we did it with as much love and patience as we could. Only God and the support of our family and friends around the world helped us through it all.
Only God and the support of our family and friends around the world helped us through it all. i thank you all for all your kind words of encouragement, your support, your prayers and just your friendships.
Thank you to family who put up with us being unavailable and for your never-wavering support in all ways; big and small. Thank you to my parents for being understanding and caring for my boy so i could care for my in-laws. Thank you to friends who helped lots, including being drivers and bringing yummy home-cooked food to us. Thank you to friends who just dropped by to visit, just because we could not go out to you.
i apologise to family and friends whom we have missed out on seeing and spending time with. We will make it up to you next year.
i also wanted to thank my dear friend who has helped to hold the fort down in Switzerland.
You all have been just wonderful! Thank you. We love you all.
While it has been a trying, tiring and stressful time, it is also our duty to care for our parents and parents-in-laws. And because we live so far away from them most of the year, this was the time we could show our care and love to them. This has also brought our little family closer together; closer as husband and wife, closer as a family, closer to God too. i am also grateful that God has arranged such patient and caring people to be the long-term help for my in-laws. Thank you, God.
i just realised that i have not shown off my garden in a couple of months so here’s what’s been happening in my garden.
i also planted crocus this year but they only lasted a short time and i didn’t get a good picture. The Maybell which we (Tobias and i) planted last year did come back but we have no flowers. i think the campanula was crowding them. i also tried a variety of herbs and sunflowers, from seed packets which the Migros gave out last year for one their kids collection things. But none survived, except for a very small dill plant and a basil plant, which is ever so tiny still. Sad but maybe i will try again next year.
i must confess that i never thought i would be the gardening type but it has brought many a smile to my face to see these lovely plants and flowers growing in my garden, knowing that i put down those seeds/seedlings. 😉
Wishing you a lovely summer! And i hope you can get out and enjoy the beautiful nature whenever possible.