Last week was an enjoyable but busy week for my husband and I. It was vacation week. I decided that since my husband was off work for the week that I should be as well, that meant no computer time. It was lovely.
Normally we would go somewhere for vacation but this year we just stayed home.
I guess that is technically a staycation but what the hay. We ended up putting a lot of time and physical labor into the front yard. I know that sounds hideous but it was actually enjoyable. Not because we like working till our fingers bleed but because we like spending time side by side building memories. Our week was assembled with the sort of moments that bring a husband and a wife closer together.
My husband and I have been married now for
five almost six years. In that time we have grown up a lot. We’ve discovered that the moments which make life worthwhile are often the moments people take for granted, we have eliminated mounds of debt and ultimately have come to the realization that together we form a beautiful bond.
I want to stop for a moment and just brag on my husband. At the beginning of our marriage we lived with his mom in the same house that we are currently living in, she has since moved out to another house. I pouted a lot about the prospect of staying in this current house because I wanted a flower bed. One of the problems standing in the way of this dream was that our front yard was full of trees and shade, not a great combination for rays of sunlight to glisten upon the tulips of my fantasies.
Truly, the yard resembled a forest. It was so bad that when we gave directions we told people how to get to our street and then from there told them to drive until they saw the house with all of the trees. The reactions of our friends upon their first arrivals were always the same. They would step foot onto our porch and say “Wow. You weren’t kidding about the trees.”
Children were afraid of our home on Halloween night and we never even put our decorations.
For five years now my husband has been working on our front yard to make it picture worthy. He has worked countless hours under the hot Georgia sun. Yard work is a task that he hates yet he continues to go out there with the intention of bringing happiness to my face. I have never once begged him to go out there and do a project for me, but he does it anyways because he is giving me the gifts of quality time and acts of service.
This past week we finally saw a difference in our yard. He had been outside sweating for hours when I walked up to his side. His words were ” I know I have done a lot in this yard but I still feel like I have so much more to do before it is completed.” I reminded him of what it looked like when we first got married and then like two light bulbs on the same switch we said “We should google it!” That’s how we got the images displayed above.
Below are the images taken this past weekend.
What you can’t tell by just looking at the image is the amount of trees/shrubs that were removed from our front yard.
2 Bradford pears
2 Small Oaks
4 Crepe Myrtles
4 Pompas grass
6 Tall Trees (unknown/various types)
6 sets of box wood trees
My husband gathered those rocks lining the side of the house by hand. 🙂
Today, I want to thank my husband for the time, money and physical labor that he has put into our yard, all so that I can plant some tulips.
Today’s Monday Marriage Challenge:
Thank your husband for something that he has done.
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