Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Michigan. The sun was shining, the weather was warming and I was excited to get out in my yard and plant some trees for earth day. Planting a tree together as a family has become a tradition of ours. It all began when our daughter brought home a small tree one day from her preschool earth day celebration. It was donated by a local nursery and we didn’t want to disappoint this small child holding a little spruce tree. So we quickly planted it and took every precaution to make sure it survived. We’ve cared for and watched this little spruce grow each year. I never imagined that this little tree would bring so much to our home. Not only has it brought a more beautiful landscape, but it has helped to build memories into our homestead. Every time I walk by that little tree I remember my sweet little preschooler who brought it home and the time we spent as a family planting and caring for it. Her little blonde hair, big eyes and chubby cheeks will live forever in that tree and in my memory.
This beautiful tree was planted the year we moved into our new house. It reminds me of the struggle we faced to get where we are now and how lucky we are to have family that loves us. This tree grows in beauty and size each year and has amazing intertwining branches just like families do.
This is the tree we just planted yesterday. It is a dwarf burning bush. The kids and I searched through the trees for what seemed like hours and finally found one that they wanted. (Sure, its a bush and not technically a tree, but that’s ok. . they finally picked one!!) We brought the “tree” home and after another decision making process of where to put it we all finally agreed that next to our barn was the perfect spot. While I was digging a hole the neighbor kids came over and asked to play. . so I sort of lost the interest from the kids in planting the tree to the fun of playing with their friends. Even though I ended up planting this tree all on my own, the tree will still hold memories for me. This little “tree” reminds me to cherish the time I have with them now, because they are getting bigger and they are starting to lead their own paths. I am trying to teach myself to let them go, let them grow up and experience things on their own. This is not an easy task for a mom, its scary. However it is scarier to me to have my kids growing up resenting me for all the things they missed out on. So this tree will forever remind me to “let go”.
To finish off our little tour, here is a picture of my butterfly house. No real reason, I just love it and think its cute.
Do you have any earth day traditions or things you do year round to help keep our planet clean? We’d love to have you share your ideas with us!
<3 Dick and Jane