I've been slacking on the blog.
I've missed this space. It seems every day when I sit down to blog I either have no pictures, or can't find the words to express what I want to share. Because there is a lot I want to share here. The good news is I want to share so much because life has been so full and it takes me a while to process.
First up, we had our first garden club meeting. It went so well. Like it kind of blew our minds it went so well. We set out with the intention to create a network of sustainability by sharing and helping each other through kindness. We are working towards that by sharing knowledge, trading food and services and getting to know each other better.
I honestly thought it would be great if we could get 10 people here. Imagine our delight to have 17+ show up to our first meeting! We had some send their regrets saying they would join us next time, and some who could only stop by for a quick minute to say yes they wanted to participate. I told them our basic plan and we sat and shared ideas and tips for two hours.
We have lived here going on five years now and this is the first time some of our neighbors have seen our backyard, or said more than a quick hello to us. We aren't part of the local religion and it can be very hard to feel like a part of the community when the religion is the main lifeline. That is what we are trying to do, we are trying to build a community outside of religion. I was happy that a couple of our other neighbors who also aren't part of the local church also made it to the meeting, but we are hoping for more. We would really like to see all of our neighbors who don't go to the local church feel welcome and participate. I have the feeling they want to, but they have lived here longer and I have no idea what has happened in the past. All I can say is I hope we can help heal some of it and help people get together.
My favorite thing was having so many of them tell them they had been praying/hoping/wanting something like this for so long. All it took was one person going out of their comfort zone for a few minutes, instead of making excuses, to bring it to life. It's made me start looking around to see what else we can do and see what other excuses I have been making.
Saturday, after our meeting I found these abundance flags at a local store. They seemed very fitting for what I was feeling.
We are now working on the next step and planning a potluck dinner for everyone. We are encouraging people to bring something they grew, or something homemade and hopefully the recipe to go along with it. We don't want this to lose momentum before it has a chance to get off the ground.
Since Saturday I have been filled with an abundance of peace and also a sense of restlessness. I suppose I am just trying to explore those and figure out where I am suppose to go from here.