Hearts knit together #12: Gardening with Children

Hearts Knit Together was born out of my struggle to balance my desire to create with my busy life as a working mother of four. I am challenging myself to do something creative WITH my children each week and to share that adventure with you on Mondays. I invite you to share your creativity with your children so that we might inspire each other with ideas to help "knit our hearts together" with our children. 

If you want to join me, write a blog post about something creative you did with kids and share your link in the comments. No rules really, only that your link is current and something about creating with children. They don't even have to be your own kids. Please remember to link back to The Gauge Wars so that others who may want to join can find it. Pretty simple. Your post can be from any day of the week. It doesn't have to be Monday. Thank you for participating!


(See the tiny singing frog?)

(Adelle's sweet friend joined us.)

(milkweed plant)

Our wonderful elementary school has a butterfly garden outside the 2nd grade classrooms. When Adelle was in that grade they did a butterfly unit where they watched the monarch caterpillars become a chrysalis then emerge as a butterfly. The students gather milkweed for their caterpillars from this garden. Ms. Gleeson, the teacher in charge of this garden, is really remarkable. It is such a great experience for the students. 

During the summer families are given an opportunity to care for the garden for a week at a time. We took a turn in the middle of last summer, when we were in a drought, and it was a lot of work to keep it alive. 

Our week this summer fell at the beginning of summer when it was still fairly cool and it rained several times. It was much more enjoyable to care for the garden! We spent several nights this week weeding and watered a little.

So instead of creating with my children this week we enjoyed God's creations. They love the pond with all the tadpoles. There was a tiny little frog who sang so beautifully to us. The boys LOVED the millions of roly polies (did I spell that right?) that live in the garden. Roman is obsessed with them. I am very grateful they are so tough and survive his less then careful manhandling. 

For me being in nature, especially with my children, fills me with the sweet spirit of God. It is just so peaceful to admire God's creations and see my children learning and enjoying the wonderful world He created for us. 

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