Life is a Garden!

Hello and welcome to the first post of my new blog: A Grateful Gardener! I am very excited to share my stories, thoughts and feelings with other kindred spirits. I am both ‘literally’ and figuratively a grateful gardener’. I grew up helping my Grandma and my Dad plant our family gardens each year. As an adult, I have continued to garden and am particularly fond of herb gardening. My grandma used to make many herbal remedies when I was a child and I have continued that journey. In my professional life I am a certified and registered aromatherapist and licensed massage therapist who teaches complementary health at a Community College. I also make herbal/aromatherapy blends for my private practice and my family.

Plants, nature and people who love them have been such a blessing in my life! As I look back I can see how each of them influenced me by planting a seed and nurturing my growth. I am grateful each day for their mentorship and guidance. My goal is too continue this tradition by passing their wisdom on! One of my dearest mentors passed away last week and at her celebration of life, the pastor called for each of us to be the ‘rememberers’ of her loving kindness, generous spirit and her vast knowledge by sharing it with others. My goal in this blog is to highlight the power of connecting with nature and letting her infuse our spirits with joy and abundance. May you garden in grace and live in beauty!

11 thoughts on “Life is a Garden!

  1. Mom, I am abundantly grateful and so very proud of you! What an incredible blessing it is to be one of your children.
    Your grace and beautiful example have served to guide all four of your children, their children, and many others to be helpers. Helpers to both people and planet.
    Thank you for sharing you with the world. All you touch, whether in person or pen, are bettered.
    I love you so much.
    Summer

  2. I really look forward to reading this Sara. As a newbie gardener, especially herbs, I can’t wait to learn more. You are awesome!

  3. Sara, So happy you have decided to use up the 25 minutes a day that you were doing nothing. Love you and see you soon

  4. I can’t wait to read more! This story reminded me of a wonderful memory about gardening…Mind if I share?

    I grew up in tuscola, just down Court Street from your family. (In fact, your St. Bernard used to visit us often!) Good Friday was the day I’d plant potatoes with my daddy (Ronnie), and I helped him plant and weed and harvest all summer long. In the fall, I was always so sad to till the plants under. He used to say, “Don’t be sad. These plants fed our family all summer, and this winter they will feed the soil, so we can enjoy our garden again next year. Just because you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it’s not working!”

    Fast forward 33 years. That 7yo girl was a 40yo woman, and her daddy’s days were numbered due to lung cancer. I had seen him just 6 days before, and knew the end was coming.

    I had checked my green bean plants a couple days earlier. It was September, and the stalks were brown…time to pull them up. So, a couple days later, I went out to my garden to do fall cleanup, and what did I find? The plumpest, greenest beans I’d seen all summer…on crispy brown stalks! I cried and cried in my garden that morning. And a few hours later, I was taking Exit 212 to see my daddy one last time. He could no longer walk, or speak, but I told him the story about my beans, and I could feel his heart beating faster and faster in his chest…his only way left to communicate with me. I spent the day and night with him, and the following day he passed.

    I will never forget this experience of both of my fathers – my one on earth, and my one in heaven – sending a message to me through nature. Life is brutiful.

    Best of luck with your new endeavor.

    1. Hi Tiffany, thank you for your kind comments about my blog. Your garden story about your Dad is beautiful. I hope that you will have a bountiful garden season and many blessings, Sara

    2. Thank you for sharing your spiritual connection to your garden! I pray each day the garden will keep you close in spirit to those you love. Many blessings, Sara

  5. I take my soon to be 94-year-old father on outdoor wheelchair rides almost every day here in California. If he won’t eat, out for a walk we go. Nature wakes us up. Nature makes us glad to be alive. Nature heals our sorrows, worries and cares. We like the structured and well-cared for gardens and the bits of property that are wild and untamed. Love to a wonderful teacher in my garden of life. I love sprinkles of Sara, always from the heart.

    1. Thank you Deb! I think taking your father outside every day is such an act of love! Your love and support mean so much to me. Many blessings and always love, Sara

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