Friday, November 2, 2012

Sidewalks and Waterfalls.......

The back yard project we began in July is starting to finally jell and pull together this week.  It's been a long time coming - almost exactly 13 years since I first said " that sink hole in the back yard HAS GOT TO GO!" But now there is visible progress and the 'new' yard is starting to take shape.  A huge part of it is that our friend Weldon (of Weldon Broberg Construction) has poured sidewalks and the first patio and brought in more black dirt...under the premise that maybe we can actually grow grass next year. (Not holding my breath on that one..but removing all the sand and debris sure can't hurt!)  There is another patio - foursquare court - TKD practice area that he hopes to pour soon- maybe this weekend - but it will all depend on the weather because it's getting cold.  I'm am quietly laughing that the one he poured yesterday is snugly tucked under huge insulated blankets so it wont freeze - buit this is Minnesota in November after all......

Farewell to the 'sink hole' inspired pond, decrepit play set and disintegrating concrete that defined the boundaries of our property for so many years.  (Thanks Weldon and Patty....I know there is sacrifice involved here for you - this is not just another contract!) It is a new season and beautiful concrete (I will post photos once it's 'untucked' ) is just the first hint of where it is leading..........

Those huge blocks of rock  arrived this morning with our friend Jeff of Inspired Design Landscapes ....as I sit at my warm computer writing this he is outside building us a pond less waterfall in the close to freezing weather. 

It's a little hard to write that....adding a water element was not on the agenda for our tiny backyard and falls into the 'luxury' not necessity category for sure!  This isn't a fence for safety, concrete for water control or black dirt so that we can grow ground cover.   It's been a little tough to wrap my brain around - but early on in the project Jeff stepped forward and offered to build this for us - we prayed and fussed and chewed on it and in the end decided that this was a gift he was feeling led to offer us, that we and all those who come and gather in our yard would be immensely blessed by it and that the same good God who protects us, feeds us and loves us - might also choose to give us beautiful things which we do not 'need' out of his overwhelming love.

So yes....we will have a waterfall in our back yard.  I hope that many will come and enjoy it so that I can share my story of a God who cares about the beauty as well as the function of our lives.

Blessing upon blessing are being poured over me....today I have the margin to see and grasp just one corner of what it means to be a daughter of the King...and joy is overflowing.

3 comments:

Blessed said...

Of course God would want to give you a waterfall! That is so Him.

And how fitting for you, because after all you are "filled to be poured out again." Maybe a time is coming when you will need even more of a visual, daily reminder of this, and God is preparing it now!

Hilltrain said...

Can't wait to see the pix of the finished backyard! Neat!

Cici said...

Even though a waterfall doesn't seem like a necessity, it can be very soothing to stressed out kids and moms. Just listening to water activates the peace part of our brain. Here's to many hours of enjoyment.