How Growing a Garden and Adopting a Child are Alike | Garden Week

I’m growing my first real garden for the first time since I was a child and assigned to weed the chard aisle in our family garden. And boy! Am I excited! My excitement is probably partly due to the fact that for most of my adult life I’ve lived where there are just 2 seasons: either rainy and more rainy, or cold and colder. Regardless, gardening in those areas is for professionals, not amateur plant growers like me.  But this year, in our new home in an area that has four seasons, we’ve already begun!

Well, we actually started the process last fall. Yep, fall . . . too late to reap a harvest, but just the right time to cut out a bit of earth, add leftover food to compost, till the dirt regularly, and plan, plan, plan. Oh! That’s not all. We’ve been saving egg crates and recently filled the holes with potting soil and dropped little seeds in each spot.  All this in preparation to reap some marvelous, delicious, nutritious, and every-other-great-adjective food.  We do this believing that our work really will pay off. And to make it even better, we are actually enjoying the process of gardening—even before reaping.

What do you think? Is it possible to enjoy all that preparation that has to take place in an adoption? We know that it’s worth all that work. If it weren’t so, we wouldn’t do it. Yes, even the mundane, difficult, time-consuming hard work is all worth it to get our children here. But how much more glorious our adoption experience could be if we were able to find ways to enjoy the preparation!

Gardening and adoption . . . two worthwhile experiences that result in rewards beyond imagination!