Sunday, August 19, 2012

From Michigan with Love

From Michigan with Love

For a very special aunt in California: a little package from Michigan—sent with our love.  

A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I spent a delightful afternoon gathering things to fit in this box: lavender from the garden; soap from the market; a petoskey stone from the beach; blackberry jam from the neighbor's berries (labels from taproot); a handmade box inspired by alphabet glue; and a little picture book of our summer highlights.

As the care package was filling up, Amabel and Ellen continued thinking of things we could include: A handful of ripe sun gold tomatoes?  A spicy pepper?  A bunch of sunflowers?  Tansy?  Kale?  As they listed off gifts from the garden, I realized how they've been influenced by the bounty we've been blessed with this summer.  When friends or family visit us now, the girls run around outside gathering flowers and veggies to pile in our guests' arms.  What a wonderful thing it is to have an abundance of growing things to share—and especially to watch as that sense of abundance has spilled over into the girls' hearts.

Now if only we could have sent a box of produce through the mail to our Aunt Debbie!  Maybe she'll be back soon to pick some with us. . .

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