Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thank You and Backyard Project

First of all I cannot tell you how much your prayers and words of encouragement have meant to me and my family. Thank you so much! God has been good and given so much peace. If you haven't been over to Katie's blog to read the words Katie spoke at Reese's Memorial then you need to. You will have to scroll down a bit. Also, do not miss the slideshow of beautiful Reese.

I hope to get back in the flow of blogging again soon. I have missed it and have missed you! I may not be posting three times a week like I was but hopefully it will be on a more regular basis. This summer Cody and I took on a big project. We decided to landscape our backyard. It was hard to get a good picture of the whole project because the fence is so long.

I didn't take a before picture but just imagine a fence with no landscaping. With his parent's help, we planted several varieties of low maintence plants including domestic nandinas, witch hazel, lantana, a butterfly bush and one crepe myrtle.

I hope to find a bench at the local craft fairs this fall to go where the board is laying. These plants will fill in and some of them could get as high as the fence.

Next spring I will fill in the blank spaces with some plants too. It was just too late in the season to plant them now.

This is an older picture of our cannas because now they are as tall as the rail and some are even taller. My parents brought these up from their yard and we planted them about two months ago. They were probably 8-12" then. They grow so fast!

My favorite part of our project are the three rose bushes we planted. I have a light pink one, dark pink one and white one. I told Cody to plant the white one in the middle but somehow that got lost in translation. ;)

I love the iron piece Jason and Katie got me for my birthday too. The roses are already about up to the middle of it. I have been able to keep about 3-4 roses in a vase all summer long.


Brittany said...

Glad you are back! Your yard look wonderful. We took on a big backyard landscape this summer too. I need to post about it!

Cari said...
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Darlene said...

I am still keeping your whole family in my prayers during this difficult time.♥

Your backyard looks beautiful!! You have done a great job on it. Aren't cannas easy?!?! I want to get some more of them. I LOVE that iron piece with the birdie....CUTE!

Sunny said...

So glad you are back. I was praying for you all this morning in the car. Having buried my brother, I can understand the pain of loss and my heart aches for anyone that has to feel that.

Mr is wanting to do a border around our fence like yours - mainly to keep the dogs from running up and down it and terrorizing the pugs next door. It will add visual interest to an otherwise boring backyard. Guess I just need to get off my duff, huh? :)


Sherri's Southern Style said...

Welcome back Shannon! We've missed you. Thinking about and praying for you and your family.

The back yard project is wonderful! Isn't it funny how instructions get lost in translation, especially when they make perfect sense! The roses are beautiful:)

Lindy said...

Shannon, so glad to "see" you! I was actually just thinking about you and your family this morning. Your plants are looking great!

Emily said...

The backyard looks GREAT! Welcome back!

Jennifer said...

So glad you are back - please know all of you have been in my thoughts and prayers!

The backyard looks great...I really like the plants around the deck! What a BIG yard you have - how nice!

Heather said...

So glad you are back and you have been in my thought and prayers Shannon. Continuing to pray for your families during this most difficult time.

Your backyard looks so cute!! Love rose bushes and fresh flowers in the house is best! Great job!

duchess said...

So glad you're back. I've been thinking of you & your family.
The backyard looks great. You'll love that butterfly bush. We have several & I love the visitors they bring.

Alex and Jill said...

It's so good to see a post from you. I've missed you!!

Love the landscaping. I would love to do something like this in the back, but I'm afraid our English Mastiff would find it to be a playground and ruin it. :)

Your family is always on my mind and in my prayers.

hi-d said...

I am happy you are back and will continue to pray for you and your family. Your landscaping looks great! I LOVE the Cannas! I have some too that I grew in a container and am just amazed at how tall they get! Beautiful!

audrey enloe said...

Missed you and have been praying for your family!!!! LOVE the yard! Its going to blossom and you will see all of your hardwork pay off! Welcome back to the bloggy world!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Good to "see you" today Missed you so. Love the backyard - can't wait to see it next Spring. Continuing to lift you and your family up in prayer.

Cari said...

Welcome back! I hope you're having a great summer! I don't know about you but I am ready for fall decorations and of course my wedding! What a great backyard you have :-)

Susan said...

First off I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. No words can describe how sorry. It's wonderful to hear that everyone is leaning on the everlasting Father for their strength. His grace will sustain all of you, this I know for sure. I will keep you all in my prayers. Glad your back and love your yard:)

Amber said...

Welcome back! You've been missed as well as prayed for. Your yard looks great! It will be fun next year to see all of the new plants grow and fill in. We just moved into a new home and it needs some serious landscaping help! I have been brainstorming ideas and thinking about a plan with Tru. We'll see how it comes together. We went to our local nursery to see what types of plants they have and I was excited to see that they actually carry limelights. :)

The Browns said...

My heart goes out to all of your family. I started watching the slideshow & I had to turn it off b/c I was bawling. I just can't take stuff like that. Reese will forever be their little angel.

Your garden is beautiful!


Creekmore's said...

I'm so glad you're back! I've missed reading your post!
I have a post from a couple weeks ago that I really wanted you to see :)

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

lovely landscaping! the dark mulch sets every off every nicely, and I really like that iron garden piece.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I cant tell you how happy I was to see your comment today. Your backyard looks lovely and I bet its really goona shine next spring~
ps...if you dicide to make the project Im working on I will send you some ribbon....smiles~

Sarah said...

You have been missed! Your family has been thought of and prayed for by so many!

The yard looks wonderful! Landscaping will be underway next year for us!

arkie said...

Welcome back! You have a great start on your landscaping. In a year or two it should be nicely filled in.

the undomesticated wife said...

We have two varieties of cannas and they are at least 8 feet tall! One is green with yellow flowers, the other is purple with red flowers.

Lantana is's really pretty, and it can stand up to this southern heat!

Sometimes, when I'm motivated, I'll put pots with seasonal flowers into the blanks spaces in the flower beds. That way I don't have to dig them up out of the ground every season. It's easier to me to just pull them out of a pot and stuff some new ones in. ha!

LuLu said...

Nice to read your post and know that life is gentle and you are trying to get back to what can be normal after such a loss. Your backyard looks wonderful. The iron piece is great.

Ann said...

Hi, Shannon,

You introduced me to blogland when Katie was sick. My world is now bigger because of you. :)

You are such a precious wife, daughter, sister, and sister-in-law. I'm praying for you and your family during these days.

Ann Barker

mrs boo radley said...

Nice to hear from you again. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love the landscaping.


Katie said...

Love that iron piece. ; ) Love ya, sis.

Hilary said...

I'm glad you are back to blogging. I am still praying for your family daily. I can't imagine the sadness and emptiness that you are all feeling. Hang in there and know that you were missed. ! Hilary

Empty Nest Full Life said...

So glad you are back and your back yard project looks good. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers often these last weeks, and will continue to remember you. Reese was so precious. Katy's words are beautiful and show a strength that only God could give. Have a wonderful weekend, and don't let that backyard project work you to hard. Jackie

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Lovely outdoor project-
Your family is still in my prayers!

Susan B said...

I was so happy when I clicked on your blog and you were back! I have been and will continue to pray for your family.
Your yard looks great.. it is hard work isn't it.. but it will pay off.. The cannas are so pretty. I may give them a try.

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Welcome back! You were missed. The back yard looks great. Still keeping you in my prayers.

Suzanne said...

Hey Shannon!
I am so glad you are back and doing well. You and your family have been in my thoughts lately!
The backyard looks great! On another note...I can't wait for fall b/c I can't wait to see what you do this year. I think you always have the best fall decor!
Take care!

Fabiola said...

Welcome back!
I still keep you and your family in my prayers.

You backyard looks really nice. As for me, Spring is just around the corner, so I need to start to think about my spring/summer projects.


Richella said...

Thank you for showing us the pictures of your back yard. It looks wonderful. I hope you are finding some comfort in the beauty.

I'm so sorry that your family has had to face such a momentous loss. It really is hard to imagine how such sorrow could be faced if it were not for the hope that we have in Jesus. I am so grateful that your family knows the Lord and is able to look forward to seeing Reese again one day. God bless you all.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

So glad you are back. I have been thinking about you and your family.

And now that you've done your yard, can you come do mine? It's in dire need of help. ha!

Jill said...

So glad you are back...I will continue lifting your sweet family up in prayer...the backyard looks just beautiful!!!
Great job!
many Blessings!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Shannon,
Good to see your post. The landscaping turned out great. You will love it more each day as you get to see the plants grow.
I even had my hubby read what Katie said. He wept along with me.
We are praying for all of you.

Michelle said...

Welcome back! You did a wonderful job with your backyard...thanks so much for sharing your pictures with us!

Have a great weekend!
~Michelle :)

Cheri Peoples said...

So good to see you back.
Just checking in with everyone and to give an update.
I have a new party starting- Wed Sept 2. So each week I will have the Knock Off Knock Out party on Mondays and the Holiday/Seasonal party on Wed. I hope you come for a visit.
New buttons to grab as well.
Its So Very Cheri

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