Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2 months in Tuscaloosa

It's hard to believe we have been in Tuscaloosa for 2 months.

Spring is lovely in the sunny south. The kids and I have enjoyed exploring our property to discover all the blooming surprises. The property was owned by the same family since the early 1900's. They built the house in 1960. They planted some great trees and shrubs and we are reaping the beautiful benefits of their work.

We have about 16 dogwood trees - their blooms take my breath away.

Azaleas are flowering all around our house. They draw our attention every time we step outside.

We have a bamboo forest that the kids spend a lot of time in. I don't know how fast bamboo grows or how long ago these trees were planted, but many of their trunks are 6-8 inches around. I have not seen bamboo this big. Whitby wants me to contact the Chinese government and see if we can adopt a panda to live here.

The creek has become our favorite activity. I love going out to the creek with the kids because the minute we step into the water, we step into another world and I get to observe their creativity and imagination. I'm doing tons of laundry though because everyone comes home covered in dirt and creek water. IT'S WORTH IT!

The children aren't the only ones enjoying this property. Apollo and Athena are in doggy bliss. There are dozens of trails, smells, burrows and critters to keep their attention for hours. They are with us every hour of the day. They come in exhausted from playing outside with the kids for hours. They have found their favorite little comfy, shady outdoor resting places as well.


Rob Webster said...

Wow! It looks like you guys have found a great place for ministry and for your family. It looks like great fun! We miss you terribly here in KC.

Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud about the panda thing. Leave it to Whit to find a way to try to get a panda!!

I'm so jealous of your lovely landscape. I will send you a pic of my depressing dirt yard! :)

Love you guys. DBird