Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading about my busy life with my husband of 30 years and our four sons and daughter-in-law. We are now empty nesters and my blog is helping me through the journey. I love the Lord and I love my family. I also love to decorate and go to thrift stores!
It has been almost three years since we have moved here; we got the keys on July 10, 2013. I thought it would be fun to show you some before and after photos of the back yard (and also some middle and after photos!). This photo was taken standing by the backside of the house looking west when we first moved in.
This is the same shot today. Things we have done: Tore down old sheds, built new shop, removed old electric pole and electric wire, built garden, finished retaining made patio, wall, built small fence, planted grass,
This was a few months after we moved in.
Similar shot a few weeks ago.
I took this photo when we were looking at the property. Wow, looking at these old photos, makes me tired! We had no idea what kind of projects and work were ahead of us, it's probably a good thing!
This was taken a few months after we moved in. You can see that my husband removed the old shacks that were to the left in the photo above this one. The big power pole was still there.
I took this photo this week.
When we first moved in....
We did so much work to get our backyard to where we wanted it. My husband and I work very well together as a team. As you probably know, he does most of the hard labor. I appreciate him so much. Once he got the garden in, he started tilling up the soil where the grass would be planted.
We laid a cement patio and had it stained red and stamped to look like brick. We have a problem with natural springs, so Eric dug trenches and laid piping and created french drains.
Once the ground was tilled, we ordered a dump truck load of top soil. What a treat for my grandson to see!
My husband used the tractor to mix it in.
The soil is all tilled and leveled awaiting seed, but first....
....he's finishing up the cement retaining wall that butts up against the driveway.
He mixed the cement and poured it in.
Then he "floated" it to make it smooth.
My husband is very handy and multi talented!
He also added this corner piece to finish it off.
I etched, "Jesus is the cornerstone" on the corner piece. :)
The next step was seeding it and watering and then waited for the grass to grow!
I asked my husband if he could build a short white horse fence to tie the back of the house to the front of the house and to give a little more privacy and a boundary to the backyard for our grandkids.
He said he could definitely do that and his father came over to help.
He painted it white and it looks adorable!
We planted red petunias and white alyssum in front of the fence and it turned out so cute.
To remind you, this is what it looked like right after we moved in.
This was taken last summer. Look at my little busy grandson helping Bampa mow!
The grass came in so beautiful.
It's such a bright green!
We had my family reunion at our house last summer and here's a picture of my sister, Kathi, with our Aunt Josephine. You can see the red and white flowers have grown very big!
I love how this finishes off our place.
Ridley loves playing on this little retaining wall. We talked about bricking this little wall to really tie it to the house and shop, but we got too tired and put it on the back burner.
This is what our place looked like a few months after we moved in.
And this is what it looks like now.
I love the backyard and the little white fence.
Street view before...
...and street view after.
We are so thankful for our pretty backyard. It's a place of peace and relaxation.
And we enjoy it as much as we can and so does our dog, Blondie!
"My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." Exodus 33:14