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Terrible times and the blessings of friends

Category: Liberty's "Victory" Garden | Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:49 pm

Hello my GS friends. It's been sometime since I've been around. Unfortunately, in the time I've been gone we lost Kiri, my precious little sister-in-law, after a short but courageous battle with leukemia. My husband and I spent a week waiting and praying and then the rest of the time helping the family after. This all happened up in Montana, so I've been out of state during most of that time. It's really hit my husband hard, but our faith is carrying us through. Coming back to our house and our garden, with the life that is in it, has really helped.

Honestly, I haven't had much of a chance to think about my garden. Our friends, Mally and Luke, have been a true Godsend during this time. Mally not only took care of her garden, but she spent three weeks tending mine, as well. Luke took care of the yard. Both the garden and the yard look wonderful.

Mally was such a Sweetheart. I opened our freezer downstairs and between my zucchini and hers, there were over 40 1-quart bags, shredded, laid flat, and labeled. That's a LOT of shredding. I think every neighbor between our house and Mally's has been given some summer squash and/or zucchini that didn't get shredded.

My butternut squash is all over the place in the garden and looking beautiful. There was a big bowl of okra waiting (she and her husband already helped themselves to a bunch, so it didn't go bad), my corn is twice as tall as me (which isn't that difficult). I have a tomato plant that is just loaded with giant tomatoes, all still green. The pumpkin is just overflowing the back corner of the yard (where there is no grass to begin with). My peppers are all a deep, rich green.

I'm really looking forward to getting back to life as normal. Although that's about to change this week as school starts. Then I'll be teaching the joys of literature and writing to my students.

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Sjoerd wrote on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:02 am:

Heartfelt condolences, Liberty.
The garden sounds good and I hope that you will have a little time to take and show a few pics.
Back to work soon....well, that will be a change, won't it?

I hope that your man can find the strength to deal with your loss.

My best to you.

carolyn keiper wrote on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:23 am:

Liberty, I send my deepest sympathy to your family. Loss of a loved one is so difficult. May you feel God's comfort and nearness at this time. prayers, carolyn


eileen wrote on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:53 am:

I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your sister-in-law Liberty. I hope that, in time, your husband can come to terms with his loss and remember all the good times he spent with his sister. My sincere condolances to you both.

How nice of Luke and Mally to look after your yard and garden for you at this sad time. Good friends like them are just what you need at a time like this.


Netty wrote on Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:51 am:

So sorry for your loss Liberty.
Having such good friends to help during the hard time is such a blessing.


Jerry Sullivan wrote on Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:08 am:

Please accept our condolences, you your family will be remembered in our prayers at this difficult time.



Frank wrote on Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:28 am:

Very sorry for your loss Miss Liberty.


Miss Liberty wrote on Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:24 pm:

Thank you all for your condolences and prayers. It's a hard time, but things like true friends and gardens all make it more bearable.

Thanks again, all.


dooley wrote on Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:08 pm:

I'm also sorry to hear of your loss. I hope your husband finds memories help as time passes. I'm happy to hear you have good neighbors that help in difficult times. We have some of those, too. Life moves on and we deal with what it gives us with the help of God. I think he will bless you, too. dooley

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