Monday, February 27, 2012


"I think that one thing that has made my orchard a success
is that I took individual care of each tree.  What that
particular tree needed it got.  Wife and I were so well
acquainted with the trees that if I wished to mention one
to her, I would say "that tree with the large branch to the
south," or "the tree that leans to the north," etc.

The tree that leaned was gently taught to stand straight
so that the sun would not burn the bark.
This was done by tying it to a stake firmly driven
into the ground on the south side of the tree and from
time to time shortening the string which held it..."

-A.J. Wilder, husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder
My Apple Orchard
June 1912

Michaela, age 12, learning to drive the tractor.

Hailey, age 3, working to bring sticks to Pa's burn pile.

Lydia, age 7, doing her part as well.

Burn pile.

Free time.  Lydia loves the new skill of riding on two wheels!

C'mon in!

Sarah, age 10, chopping carrots for our Homemade Chicken Soup.

Hailey, volunteering to clean the brownie beaters.

Michaela, making stiff peaks for waffles.

I think I want this job...

Reading to the littles.

Maybe this is the better job.  :)

My shopping buddy, Faith.  She's almost 15 and one of my best friends.

How often do simple examples from creation speak to us about our walk?  I realize that my quiet weeks are spent as Almonzo's.  Enjoying the hard work of learning and caring for each individual tree. 

May your orchards be blessed.


  1. Your photographs are always so beautiful!

  2. What a precious post! LOVE IT ALL!

    Your pictures are wonderful. Your home looks so warm and inviting. Your family looks so welcoming as well!! Your daughters are beautiful, just like their mama! :) Everytime I read your blog my three little girls stop what they are doing to see the pictures! My 6 year old always says "mama, they sure look like sweet girls! I bet we would have fun together!" lol (I am sure she is right..if only you lived in Texas! ha ha)

    Have a blessed evening!!

  3. Thank you ladies. You are so kind.

    Kelly, how fun! I hope you will tell your six year old that I am sure we would love to have sweet friends like she and her sisters. :)

    Blessings to you!

  4. Awww, that was sweet! Thanks for the encouragement to 'tend our orchards'!