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I Can Do This



This is the first year that the Cotton Husband and I have been in charge of the farm’s garden.




You might think that as a farm wife, I have a green thumb.

You might want to re-think that.




I don’t have a black thumb exactly – I just don’t really um…apply myself when dealing with flowers or gardens. Boy, if my Mama had a nickle for every time a teacher told her I didn’t apply myself…





Things are about to get real interesting once this garden is planted. Just to give you some idea – here is the actual Garden Planning Conversation.


“Sugar, where do you want your garden” (Notice his use of the word “YOUR”)

“Well, it needs to be near the house so I can take care of it.”

“If it’s at the house you have to take EXTRA good care of it.”

“I can’t take care of it if it’s not at the house. Also, I want the irrigation to hit it so I don’t have to water it.”

” ::Sigh::   I can see how this is going to turn out already. Ok, but if it’s at the house you REALLY have to take care of it.”

“I will. But I am telling you that if it isn’t near the house, I can’t take care of it!”




It was like that old Laurel and Hardy routine, Who’s on First, except with Sweetpea in the background yelling, “I WANT TO PLANT GRASS!!!”

Not a problem, Darlin’, not a problem. I think you’ll get your wish.



April 2, 2009 - 7:03 am

Kath - You can do this!!!

Hint: gather up LOTS of grass clippings Best weed control I have ever found!!! :)

April 2, 2009 - 7:42 am

Carrie T - We put a soaker hose around the plants, cover the garden with black plastic then scatter straw over the plastic and no weeding!!!! Very low maintenance.

April 2, 2009 - 8:11 am

Kelly - Can’t wait for the garden updates…my advice recruit your little helpers. My parents used to have a 2 acre garden. I remember pulling a lot of weeds!

April 2, 2009 - 9:25 am

Klutzy Mama - Good luck with your garden. I’m getting ready to plant my first garden and I can totally sympathize with ya, girl! If only I had an irrigation system nearby to water it for me!!!

April 2, 2009 - 9:57 am

Carrie T - Question: How did you get those perfect mounds using a disc?

April 2, 2009 - 2:31 pm

Shirley - I’d kill for a garden that size, or it would kill me. not sure which.

April 2, 2009 - 2:53 pm

the Cotton Wife - Carrie,

He also used a bedder to get it looking like that.

Shirley, I hear ya. I hear ya.

- Jennifer

April 2, 2009 - 4:38 pm

carrielt - I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bedder. I’m always up for learning new things about farming.

April 2, 2009 - 5:34 pm

Kristi Smith - Can’t wait to see how this garden grows for you!!!

April 2, 2009 - 6:30 pm

kat - Not fair, he has equipment to tend his “big garden fields”. Your garden (and I speak from A LOT of experience) takes *man-ual* labor; Note the first part of that word. Seems like you are growing children just fine – just pretend it still isn’t close enough to the house!

April 3, 2009 - 3:23 am

sam - ok

April 3, 2009 - 12:55 pm - Oh… I can just see it now: you’ll be so hooked. You’ll need that macro lens for close-ups of dew on young corn and tomatoes. You’ll get shots of your kids surrounded by sunflowers and knee-deep in potatoes. It’ll be grand and you’ll love every minute.

We will too!


April 3, 2009 - 2:54 pm

Tammy - “Your” garden? Yeah, it’ll be “yours” until he wants something out of it. Men. They’re all alike. LOL. I found the perfect garden – maintenace free:

April 3, 2009 - 3:21 pm - You’ll want to revisit my website today. ;)

April 3, 2009 - 5:02 pm

the Cotton Wife - I love how you guys have been reading long enough so that a cemetery in my backyard is just commonplace now. :)

- Jennifer

April 4, 2009 - 4:54 am - Jennifer — I need your mailing address. I can’t buy your gift until I know where to ship it to.

Love your pick, btw. VERY cute!



An Engagement


One of my brother’s best friends is getting married.

He’s been there for my dad to keep him company when it would have been my brother there instead.

He’s been there for my mom – telling her stories about Michael and helping keep a piece of Michael always close.

And he’s been there in his own teasing, funny, pain-in-the-butt way… just like a brother would be.



The least I can do is a photo shoot for the guy.


What could be a more blissful assignment than engagement photos?


It’s a fresh start. A new beginning.




It’s a “prop stylist” lounging on a swing (one of Michael’s other best friends!)



It’s the prop stylist losing a pair of Oakley sunglasses in the swamp.




It’s spending a Sunday afternoon with old friends and celebrating the beginning of their life together.



March 31, 2009 - 6:30 am

Carrie T - Jenn those turned out great. Maybe I can talk TNT into doing it all over again and have you take our pictures. I kid really I kid. It was too much work the first time around.

March 31, 2009 - 6:42 am

Kelly - They look like such a sweet couple…great photos! And prop stylist…now that’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it!

March 31, 2009 - 9:01 am

Debbie - I love this…..It was hard to look at the pics…thru the tears….YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much!

March 31, 2009 - 9:44 am

the Cotton Wife - It’s easy to work with photogenic people like you and Jay, Debbie. :)Congratulations!

- Jennifer

April 1, 2009 - 11:09 am

KellyAnn - Jennifer you really did great with these pictures :) …and I think the “prop stylist” needs to go on a diet. hehehe :) he looks soooo thrilled….

April 2, 2009 - 6:05 am

Caution - I hope the world “discovers” you because you are so very, very talented. I love how you set-up your pix. They’re always unique and thought-provoking. And sometimes, they’re just fun.

April 2, 2009 - 9:23 am

Klutzy Mama - Awesome pictures as usual! Congratulations to your friends and what a blessing to your family to have such a great guy to be there for all of you in your brother’s absence.

April 4, 2009 - 4:13 pm

MOM - He is one great guy and “son” to have in our life. Don’t know what we would have done without him. We are so proud of he and Debbie and wish them both many years of happiness – we also love you too Laine – just as much and just like a “son.”

April 5, 2009 - 9:06 pm

Kristi Smith - Gorgeous photos! Great job!



I played sports in high school – line drills, laps, relentless drills… all of it.


I’ve done aerobics, taken kickboxing lessons


Step class, pilates


Yoga, … a little weightlifting


But Lordamercy,  none of it – NONE of it – compares to pushing a chubby 9 month old in a stroller while 6 months pregnant. I must have burned a million calories because in addition to being tired and sweaty, I ate like a horse when I got home. At least I didn’t try it on the farm’s dirt path – I stuck to the nice, smooth road. Maybe after the baby is born I can wear him in a sling and push the stroller too – and try – TRY- not to eat the contents of the Frigidaire when I get back home.

March 29, 2009 - 11:38 am

Jennifer - Those growing babies just soak up all the energy left! Good thing God gives mommies extra! :) Beautiful photos! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!

March 29, 2009 - 1:18 pm

Fencepost - Love your pictures!
Good luck with the exercise thing. Hopefully, with the little ones to care for, you’ll find time to take those walks.

March 29, 2009 - 4:17 pm

Dana - Well, with one already growing in the front, if’n you’d put the little one in a backpack carrier, you’d have balanced things out perfectly! :)

Then, about six months after this one is born, you can get pregnant again and do it all over again! :)

March 29, 2009 - 4:18 pm

Dana - By the way, that top picture is great.

March 29, 2009 - 9:12 pm

Karen - You will need tandem stroller when that new one gets here. It will save your back and be a life saver everywhere. I use to do my grocery shopping with two kids in a tandem stroller and groceries in the basket beneath.

The pictures, as always, were hevenly!

April 1, 2009 - 5:28 pm

Jenn - I know what you mean, pulling a almost 30 lb 13 month old in a 26 lb wagon is a bit of a work out for this old fat pregnant woman too !

When are you do , I forget .

April 1, 2009 - 6:00 pm

the Cotton Wife - I’m due July 2nd – time is flying by! I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything for the new baby yet.

- Jennifer

April 8, 2009 - 4:43 pm

Jenn - I just seen how I said due…I’m losing it !