Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Cactus Road Farm

The secret is out - our family is moving into the Cactus Road Farm house complete with this beautiful Spanish courtyard and fountain. The fam consists of dd, her hubs, three cute grandkiddos, Michael and muah. All the details of why and how will be for another day, but for now, we're in the process of cleaning out, getting rid of, scraping, painting and anything else that goes into a move of this kind.

When the decision was finalized, we'd all agreed (the 4 adults in the fam) that our focus would be on preparing the house first. We decided to wait to to begin any of the farm/garden projects until after we moved in.

Mornings are my garden tending time. Usually, I have a baby on my hip and a red coffee cup in hand. I like talking to baby boy about how God grows the garden in the night while we sleep. I talk to him about suckers and birds and flowers and all that God's given us to richly enjoy. He likes it too. As a matter of fact, this morning ritual has dubbed him "the outside boy."

This Monday morning, I particularly noticed my "gone wild" 36 tomato plants. I must be doing something right because they seem to keep growing incrementally overnight. In spite of the "agreement" to get the house ready as a home for us, I had concern that these plants needed to get transplanted NOW - before they got too wild and we couldn't move them at all. I hated the idea of not being able to enjoy the plants.

I gently and systematically approached my farmer/gardner husband with nothing but a sincere request. It didn't take long for my husband to respond to a sugary-sweet bribe (pure motive) to start building a few raised beds at The Cactus Road Farm specifically for those 36 tomato plants.

He agreed. So, before we headed to Home Depot, a plan - a big picture of what would go where needed to be in place.

Michael's the kind of guy who likes a plan. He wants the big picture vision. Me, I like to randomly fly by the seat of my pants. We make such a good team.

So, we sat down on the back patio and I watched him as he surveyed the land and as his own creative juices began to churn.

When I'm quiet and watch, I always learn many invaluable LIFE lessons.

Interestingly enough, in the beginning of this garden to farm adventure - we thought I'd be the one to design this back section of the property. Since we assumed that, I've been inquiring of experts, researching, getting ideas, visiting other farms, taking tree classes, thinking about the sanctuary spaces I want to create and yet for some reason with all this I just couldn't come up with a master plan.

I have definite elements that are important to me like - a French garden feel, beautiful and peaceful. I want anyone coming to The Cactus Rd. Farm to have an experience of worship. I want there to be this sense of life being celebrated. I want it to be a place where hearts and hurts are healed. I want spaces where one soul connects with another in away yet to be experienced. I also want spaces for alfresco: Sunday morning egg breakfast served with fresh garden greens, my special home made bread and of course, my French Press.

We also, both desire that The Cactus Road Farm be a blessing to the surrounding community and we know it will.

Anyway, something truly magical happened as I LISTENED to my husband and as I supported his ideas. It is gonna be awesome!

Note to self: get quiet and listen to the man - as he puts words to dreams . . . and as he owns it.

One thing I have learned is that my husband will (and other men too) often get the big picture and it's women who fill in the in-betweens with beauty and feminine touches.

So, with a plan - we headed to Home Depot. I really love that store - especially when my man's buying lumber for raised beds.

My very favorite farmer man.
Hubs is good at building raised beds. Check. Done. Twenty yards - BIG piles - of compost ordered and due in around 11 a.m.

Now I could I "comfortably" start uprooting a few of the tomato plants. I think I should have waited as they didn't look quite so happy when the compost finally came closer to 3 pm.

My not so happy looking tomato plants.

One of Cactus Road Farm's first volunteers - doing starts of a variety of good things.

More to come - along with some pics of the inside of this house with charm and character. For more beauty and inspiration - visit my friend Melissa at The Inspired Room.


  1. Awesome stuff! It must be a treasure to have you as a neighbor (we aren't either, lol). I love gardens. I always think about the hymn "I come to the garden alone, where the dew is still on the roses..." (In the Garden) and feel the peace Jesus gives to me as I met Him there, seek refuge, and find solace. I link the verse that says, "My peace I give to you," with how I can't find the peace within myself but only in God, as if I am crawling in bed as a little girl scared of a thunderstorm brewing overhead....hiding under the sheets, but finding security in knowing my Mom and Dad are there with me. God offers that type of peace for anyone who seeks it. How beautiful that you are inspired to create a sanctuary for you and yours plus the community around you. :o}

  2. Oh Lylah, I got your message. I've had that happen to me once too. Since I'm following your blog I get an instant update on Google follow list and I just happened to have it opened at that same time. LOL.

    Now that I reread your post something else stood out to me. Your red coffee cup and your blue pots of flowers. I love my red coffee cup that has LOVE written on it. And I think I have the same blue planters. :)

    Yes, I need to learn from you. I love the idea you have for your farm. I've been a city girl most of my life but seem to be craving simplicity and peace lately. It might be part of my circumstances at the moment but I believe the Lord is teaching me. All the material stuff doesn't matter. I want to grow and learn life lessons and ...get my hands in the dirt. LOL.

    I love to enjoy the beautiful desert and mountains that the Lord created. Blessings to you and your family as you journey along this exciting path.

    One day we will meet; I know it. I met another blogger named Sarah Dawn from Splashin' Glory the other day. I wrote a post about it on Tuesday. And there are several other very fun bloggers who are local. I'll have to email you.


  3. Thanks beautiful AZ women for stopping by....your comments are dear.

  4. Lylah, it all sounds so exciting. We are going into "nesting" mode up here as the weather changes, so I am enjoying vicariously participating in your outdoor dream realizations. We are planning to come to town late March. so we should be able to visit the Farm in person then. :)

  5. Congrats...sounds like you are gonna be busy, exciting! Can't wait to see all the details!

  6. Congratulations! It looks great so far and it's going to be amazing when finished.


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