After lots of preparation, it was time to plant.
Sigh....those first few plants were emotional.A few weeks after those first plants went into the ground, Matt and I went on a plant shopping spree. In addition to our purchased plants, we also asked each of Charlotte's grandparents (and great grandparents) to divide a plant from their homes to add to our happy little space. We invited them all out to the farm one spring afternoon for some planting, dinner, and most importantly, to celebrate the inspiration behind our new garden. Aside from the gail-force winds, it was a perfect afternoon.
Our kiddos are the luckiest kiddos ever.When it was all said and done, we stood back, admired our new memorial, and smiled. Charley's Garden, once just a vision, was now full of new, green life.
Charley's Garden is a happy space filled with gorgeous blooms, bright colors, and hopefully with time, lots of butterflies. It is a space for us to reflect. A space to remember. A space for us to tend to and to watch grow into something beautiful beyond our wildest imaginations - much like we had hoped to do with our sweet Charlotte. There is so much beauty in this little garden.
Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be filled with sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I will give you a full life in the emptiest of places – firm muscles, strong bones. You will be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You will use the old rubble of past lives to build a new, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. ~Isaiah 58:12