Sometimes change happens suddenly, and whether it is a change in circumstances or a change in the seasons, our challenge is to adjust and find our footing.  Monday morning in the garden, I witnessed an exciting sign of the changing season for the very first time.  Donna, Sue, and I were on the east side of the garden planting ornamental grasses in the tribe of Naphtali.  Suddenly, we looked up to see Daniel Arenas on the northern edge of Asher, frantically waving his arms and pointing to the eastern sky.  Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect since planes make their approach to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport right over the garden.  When we turned to look up, we beheld an amazing sight: hundreds of migrating birds hovered in the air above the garden.  I’ve been watching birds for years, but this was my first time to see snow geese on their annual migration across Texas.  For several wonderful moments, we watched these magnificent birds break rank and soar above the garden like a black and white whirlwind.  Just one more reason I am so thankful for the blessing of the garden.  If we had not been outside digging in the dirt at that very moment, we would have missed that amazing sign of the changing seasons!

That same night, we enjoyed the first of several seasonably cold evenings in north Texas, dropping the nighttime temperature into the fifties and forties and bringing more rain to our parched state.  After a high temperature on Monday of ninety degrees, we enjoyed a crisp, beautiful day with a high in the sixties on Tuesday.  This time of year in Texas really does make the summers worth it all–at least, for me!

Work continued this week on the walled spice garden in Gad. 



The sukkah in Manasseh hosted several visitors during the Feast of Tabernacles week.



On Thursday, a group from Tulsa, Oklahoma, came to plant the Treasure Chest Garden at the entrance to Zebulun.

Over the next several weeks, we will continue planting, removing spent plant material, spreading bark mulch, and preparing the garden for the colder temperatures of fall.

I will leave you with one last picture: Zebulun’s boat in a sea of river rock and grasses.  She may not be sea-worthy, but she is sturdy!  Whether or not we all share Zebulun’s entrepreneurial motivation, she is still an inspirational sight.


Shabbat Shalom,


5 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you—as I look out at snow (beautiful) it is such a joy to see the garden still developing. The Zebulon boat is unbelievable—what a change just from Rosh Hashanah a few weeks ago. It is one of my 3 favorite places to just sit in the garden. I spend nearly every break there. I so appreciate that you take the time to share and to send pictures! When God walked “in the garden in the cool of the day”..”He called out, Where are you”…Pam answered and said “Here am I”. Blessings on you and all who are faithfully working.


  2. Posted by Maria Wennberg on October 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

    What a beautiful sight that was with the Canadian geese. I remember your words about the monarch butterflies finding a place of refreshing in the garden. I believe the Canadian geese did likewise. Imagine their conversation as their flight continued??
    Look for them on their way back. That entire journey is an aspect of our God I have not yet been able to comprehend, I just stand in awe.
    I love you all in the garden and thank you with all my heart for tending it with such love.


  3. Pam,
    Thank you so much for the pictures you send with the garden updates. They are so inspiring! The garden is a picture of God blessing the work of our hands. Wow! I am in the Zebulan tribe and you are right she is a beauty! I have her saved as my desktop background as a reminder of where I am going :). Blessings to you, your team and to the work of your hands.


  4. Posted by Gaenor Erasmus on October 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I am so excited about your ‘bird watching’! What a blessing and you were really in the right place at the right time! Who says our Father doesn’t speak to us!!
    The garden is looking outstanding and i just get such a feeling of GOD’S DELIGHT when i look through the pictures! He IS DELIGHTED!
    Much love – Gae in Cyprus xx


  5. Posted by Dottie Maryott on October 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Pam, How blessed it was to bring Communion after “Command The Morning” just now, and sit by the sea before Zebulon’s Boat, soaking in the beauty of that early morning and His presence that comes right into my heart thru the computer screen and to imagine those magnificent Snow Geese passing overhead. This garden IS a sign and a wonder! Thank you Pam…….Shalom and love, Dottie


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