Waiting patiently seems to have been the theme of this season. For our family, like so many others, life seemed to come to a screeching halt when the coronavirus closed schools. We snuck off to the beach as soon as schools were closed and it was a refreshing week as we soaked in the time together.
When we returned, we kind of did a thing…
We bought a building! Okay, what!?! I keep meaning to tell the story but in a nutshell, we purchased Russ’ grandfather’s dentist office. He passed away in December a couple of weeks before Christmas and at New Year’s lunch (also his grandmother’s birthday!) the building came up. We expressed our interest and a long three months later, it became ours! We have grand plans to make it into a dance studio/photography studio. As we wait for those plans to unfold, it is hard not to feel unproductive. Russ (and lots of friends) has worked tirelessly knocking down walls but we are at a point where we need steel beams and those don’t quite fit into his skill set.
So what does our garden and greenhouse have to do with any of this? Well, metaphorically, it all has to do with waiting. Waiting for the seeds to pop out of the soil, waiting for the fruit to ripen, waiting for the vegetables to grow. Each day I walk out into the garden, it is a breath of fresh air and the perfect storyline to God’s love story for us.
Every time I see a cucumber tendril attached to something, it takes my breath away. Truly, the way it knows to reach out and attach to something absolutely amazes me. The details He took to create this vegetable surely means He loves us in so many intricate ways.
And my tiny little partner that loves to venture out to the greenhouse with me makes it that much more fun. Honestly, all three kids love sneaking out here with me. Cray gives daily updates on his blackberries and Kuy loves to check to see if cucumbers have grown. Callie, of course, loves to pick out her favorite flowers. And let me just say, having this cut flower garden is literally one of my very favorite things. We cut zinnias every day–and they have volunteered from last year! I have planted more (as in I just sprinkled old seeds out here) and they are growing, too! If you have any area anywhere around your house for some flowers, THESE are what you should start with!
This greenhouse was for sure a labor of love. It was so much fun to see Russ’ skills grow throughout this project and to see how much our family uses it. We love coming out here together, watching our favorite blooms appear and eating fruit straight from the vine.
So without further ado, here is our greenhouse made from windows from this house and our old houses with a few bought from an antique store!
The old door I also bought at an antique store. I’d love to add a little stained glass window above the door but it still hasn’t quite happened. 🙂
We added the sink recently and it is our favorite place to repot plants and make arrangements. Russ cut a hole out of a board we found on the side of the road. It is so funny because we searched for the sink last year and paid $75 for one we loved and this year now that we have the building and are literally getting rid of nine sinks. Insert face palm…haha! Such is life, right 🙂
The mantle is also from our house and the shelves came from boards we also already had. The chandelier was a hand me down from a friend, too!
We posted about it here and have actually put together a little video of how we made it but that will have to be a post Russ writes because he would have to tell you alllll those details!
So here is she is…our sweet little greenhouse…we are so in love. 🙂
This week, some of my blogging friends and I are sharing our summer outdoor spaces. Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full posts.
The Happy Housie // My 100 Year Old Home // Modern Glam // Cassie Bustamante
Craftberry Bush // Joanna Anastasia // Life is Better at Home // Inspiration for Moms
Clean & Scentsible // Finding Silver Pennies // Grace in My Space // Maison de Cinq
Life is a Party // House by Hoff // Zevy Joy // Two Twenty One
Taryn Whiteaker // Maison de Pax // Amber Tysl // This is Our Bliss
She Gave it a Go // My Sweet Savannah