Thou shalt be diligent in preserving what thou hast, that thou mayest be a wise steward; for it is the free gift of the Lord thy God, and thou art his steward.
Doctrine and Covenants 136:27
This weekend we went on a nature hike back along the tree line by the creek that winds down the side and around the back of our property. We don’t go there often, haven’t gone there in quite a while actually, because the wheat makes it very difficult to get to.
brown wavy stuff = wheat (the yard slopes down to the field portion, so the wheat is taller than it looks, and since it isn’t our wheat we can’t walk through it and crush it, even though it is our land).
I’m glad McH decided to check it out anyway. Friday he and the kids found several mulberry trees (eh) and a few black raspberry bushes. Yesterday, after church, we found more black raspberry bushes, grapes and cherry trees. Today the older two girls found another black raspberry bush. Truly a free gift from the Lord.
We are so excited!
Our plan was to plant berries and fruit trees (and a meadow) (a circular meadow) after the wheat is harvested (hopefully in the next few weeks), and now we are even more excited to do that because we see that they do grow back there.
I have never been much into canning (which practically makes me an inactive member of my church), and I don’t like the idea of making a bunch of jam because of all the sugar, but I am excited to stock my freezer with berries and share with others who do make jam and other canned items. I have already made a batch of muffins with half the berries from the picture above. Yum!
As much as I didn’t want to move, as much as I’d go back home in a heart beat, I truly am grateful for this opportunity to be a little more self-reliant, and be a bit more of a steward over the earth’s bounty.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt has some yummy muffins to share.