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A More Joyful Life: Thoughts on Real Growth by Becca

When we bought our tiny home in a growing town, I had no idea of the treasures beneath my feet.  As winter cleared and the land awoke, I found my tiny home surrounded by roses, lilacs, lilies, vines, fruit, leaves of every shape and color, and a vacant vegetable garden just waiting for me!  Truth be told, most of the bounty was in total disarray…and did I mention the weeds?!

But, oh, the potential! 

I knew it was going to be beautiful.  The soil was good.  The sun would shine.

I was ready to work.  Hard.

I planted our garden late last year and feared those homegrown tomatoes were going to be few and far between.  So when “volunteer” tomato plants started to appear, I let every last one of them bloom where they were planted!  Welcome Jungle Garden.

It was crazy!  Plants were everywhere!  We watered and fed and weeded that jungle the best we could!  The results?  Mediocre.  Even our traditional pumpkin harvest looked a lot less than our labors should have produced.  Where was the growth?  What had I missed?  The soil was good.  The water just right.  I just didn’t see much…until the leaves fell.

Our garden had been put to bed.  Halloween had come and gone and our children were enjoying a rare November evening in the backyard.  The leaves had been falling for weeks and that day, it was the lilacs turn.  Suddenly, my children came barreling into the house shouting “MOM!  YOU HAVE GOT TO COME AND SEE THIS!!!”

Unbeknownst to us, the greatest growth

from our daily garden efforts had been hiding in the branches of our lilac bush!

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Perched 4 feet up and roughly the size of a basketball was a beautiful, orange, perfectly round pumpkin!  I loved imagining that adventurous vine hidden in the chaos of Jungle Garden, weaving its way up that bush and producing spectacular results.  No flat side on this pumpkin because it seemed to grow in mid air!  All of our watering, feeding, and weeding really had made a difference!  I just hadn’t seen it!

Every day, we hope to see growth.

Improvement in ourselves.  Our situations.  Our relationships.  Every day we work hard to be a little more patient, a little more balanced, a little more thoughtful, kind, brave, smart, creative, joyful, honest, inspired, faithful, and more.

When we put forth the effort, we will experience growth.  We may not see it.  We may not feel it.  And it may not be the kind we are expecting.  But one day we will look and see how far we have come and marvel at what was going on behind those lilac leaves!

This year, I sat and looked around at our years and years of toil and the great beauty it has produced around our tiny home.  The soil is still good and the sun still shines.  I looked at the people I love and marveled at how far we have come and how far we have to grow.  And grow we will!  And it will be even better than we imagined.



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P.S.  I have it on good authority that this pumpkin was indeed THE Great Pumpkin.  =)

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  • January 21, 2014 - 9:15 am

    Michaela - Beautiful post and just what I needed! What a gracious reminder to look past the (sometimes) chaos in our lives and find that great pumpkin.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    Kathy - Beautiful thoughts. Becca I enjoyed your insights on real growth. Inspiring!ReplyCancel

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