Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Saga of the Tree

I just have to take pictures when the front yard is green and the trees have new leaves and the sun is shining through the branches. I am so excited that this tree will have children once again sitting and climbing and being in the tree.
Here is the picture of the tree when it was a much younger tree, with a much younger me. Our front yard was this pasture. Can you see the old barn in the back? That is where the back yard is now.
 I built a house well just a shack really under it when I was a teenager.  Our children built a tree house in it and climbed as high as they could in it.


When part of the grand children were just learning to climb trees. They would work and work to climb its branches. Sometimes in my imagination, the tree bends its strong limbs just a bit for the little ones to be able to climb up.  They were all so little then and some of them were not even yet born. 
Then of course there was Emilie's wedding when it was the backdrop. 

So once again this week. The tree will be apart of our family culture. I am so thankful to have something here that has so many memories attached to it. I think I could say that everyone in our family feels pretty partial to this tree.
 When Emilie said she wanted to get married under this tree, I knew I would do anything I could to make it happen.

William and Makenzie sat here one day. When I saw them, I knew in my heart, not only had William had decided that Makenzie was the one, I was dancing inside because I knew that if she sat with him in that tree it was as good as done.

We have planted many trees here since we built the house. Ron planted Japanese Maples just recently. 
The shade from the big trees will shelter the smaller trees from the harsh California sun. Can you see that old garage on the other side of the fence? Who knew that Ship-lap would become a thing. That whole garage is Ship-lap and I never noticed it until just now writing this post. That is one of the last original buildings on the place. One day I will write a post about it. Today is just about the sheltering tree in the front yard. 

Can you see how my Iris bulbs have once again multiplied. They are just going crazy out there. I just realized something about blogging, I daydream and write posts that I didn't mean to write. Sometimes they write themselves. 
I hope your day is a lovely day. I need to be about planning menus and writing a grocery list and getting all of that stuff done instead of reminiscing. My heart has been singing since I woke up, "They are gonna be here tomorrow!!" 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. 


For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. 
Quoted from The Scent of Water by Elisabeth Goudge, The verse comes from Job 14:7


Debbie said...

first off...the quote is awesome and perfect for this tree!! i remember this tree, it is a great tree, that has brought much joy and shade for your family!!

i love what you said about the tree bending, just a little so the kids could climb it - a joyful thought!!

your closing image is gorgeous!!!

Julia said...

That tree is such a big gift isn't it? I think the kids and grandkids can all say a prayer of thanks for this tree and what it means to them. I would just love to hear what they would have to say as they thank the Lord for this tree and what it means to them.

Your photos are beautiful, especially that last one. What a great shot.
Hugs, Julia

GretchenJoanna said...

I realize it's not at all the most important thing about the tree, but - its name? Sheltering Tree is a lovely name, but you know me, I would like to know its "other" name. :-)

Gumbo Lily said...

It's a beautiful tree with so many, many memories attached to it. The quote is perfect.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your family tree...lol!
I agree with Julia. That last picture is stunning.
So nice to see green grass in California! I hope occasional rains continue for you.
Hugs :)

Pam said...

Wow...what special memories! Your pics are great but the last one is amazing. Thank you for sharing that.

Pom Pom said...

Aw! It's the Giving Tree!
Yay for your rich family time!

Ida said...

What a great tree and so many memories...life is wonderful.

Bonnie K said...

A beautiful post. We have an old cottenwood at home that has a place in my heart. Thanks for sharing.