Saturday, March 26, 2011

Making Something Happen


I was in a Chinese restaurant a few weeks ago with a friend having dinner. We were discussing upcoming plans we had (which I will get to later...), and laughing at how lame the fortunes you get in fortune cookies are. Mine are usually pretty generic and don't mean anything. However, this was one different. Here's what it said:

LIFE IS ABOUT MAKING SOMETHING HAPPEN, NOT ABOUT WAITING ON SOMETHING TO HAPPEN.

So...in case any of you may have wondered where I have been for the last 6 months...here's the short version.

Got a divorce, and it was the best thing to happen for the both of us. I left my home to him. Which also means I left my garden. I did however dig up almost everything. To leave my garden was the hardest part. He didn't particularly like the amount of time I spent gardening, so I had pretty much quit all together. Here's the irony in that, a marriage is like a garden. Sometime it will rain, sometimes the sun will shine and every now and then you may have a hard freeze. You have to maintain it, keep the weeds pulled, fertilize it and appreciate the beauty it offers. If you don't do any of these, your garden will die, and weeds will take over.

I walked out into my garden at the end of last summer and I realized that my garden was like my marriage. I had worked so hard in both, and now they were both half dead, overcome with weeds and both were obstacles that I couldn't tackle alone.

I talk to the Lord everyday. We have looong conversations. I always pray for him to lead me where he wants me to be. I stopped praying for what I wanted, and I pray for wants he wants for me. And let me tell you....what you think you want, and what he thinks you need are two totally different things.

In the past few months, I have experienced more happiness than I ever have in my life. Things are happening for me that are true blessings.

I have started my own architecture and design firm. Remember my friend I was having Chinese with, and I got that great fortune??? Well he is my business partner. He and I have shared this dream for years, and we both ended up in a situation to make it happen.

I am currently living with the Dirt Queen. Hey, gotta do what you gotta do. It's not bad. I do miss having my own place, but that will come soon. Living with the Queen has allowed me to be able to start my own architecture & design firm.

I don't have my own garden to work in or blog about. I thought I would just blog about the Dirt Queen's garden, and whatever else struck me. I have plenty of southern gardens that I can share with ya'll...so if ya'll don't mind then the Dirt Princess will dust off the crown and get back to blogging!

I've already put a fresh post together for ya'll to see on Monday.

P.S. - I don't know if ya'll noticed the flying pig.....if you didn't then look again. Most of you have probably heard the old saying "That will happen when pigs fly", well that cute little flying pig in that photo just happens to be mine. You see sometimes, pigs do fly, and things happen that you never thought would.  When you let God lead you, I can promise you that you will see a few pigs flying.

See ya'll Monday!!


12 comments:

FlowerLady said...

DP ~ It was great to see a posting of yours, but I'm really sorry to hear about your divorce.

Wishing you well in your life and in your business.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

HeatherF1 said...

Good for you for making yourself happy. Gardening is good for my soul, and if a man doesn't get that, then he is not worth having. It keeps me SANE, and that is a good thing! Glad to see that you posted something as I was wondering what was going on with you.
How is the college boy doing?

Ginger said...

omg congrats on your business - how awesome! missed you!

Tracey L. Williams said...

April,
I have loved and respected you for many years for being such a good friend to Lana and enjoyed reading your blog even though I can’t garden anymore due to blood clots. I have to say this has to be the best blog post I have ever read by you or anyone else for that matter! Keep looking up and following God’s wishes for you and GREAT things will happen!! Congratulations on the Architecture and Design Firm!

Debbie's Garden said...

I like the marriage/garden comparison. So true. One more difference though. A garden can have just one person maintaining it. A marriage has to have two maintaining it.
Move on, rebuild and count your blessings.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Welcome back Hon! Life has a way of changing even when we do not want or expect it sometimes. I am glad that you are a happy girl now and I am so thrilled for you about the new design firm. You go girl! LOL! When one window shuts another always opens and I am glad your being blessed. Hey, you know us gardeners we like flowers plain and simple and do not care where they come from. LOL! I am so glad you are posting again. I have thought of you so many times.Hugs, Lona

The Redneck Rosarian said...

Good Happens! Life takes its dips and turns, but what you said is right, sometimes you gotta make things happen.... Hang in there! Looking forward to seeing what God is going to do through u!

Dirt Princess said...

FlowerLady thanks. Its good to be back posting. I really missed all of my blog buddies

HeatherF1 you are correct. Gardening keeps me sane to. Even though I don't have my own yard to work in, I will just help my friends in their yards LOL. College Boy is good. He got a car and a job!!!

Ginger....I have really missed you and clearly missed out on what has happened in your life!! Congratulations! The Dirt Queen reads a lot of the blogs and she is the one that told me you had a baby!!! I am so happy for you. I am coming to your blog soon to catch up!!!

Tracey I love ya'll like my second family. Thank you for the kind words!

Debbie you are EXACTLY right!!!!

HHG thanks!!! I missed all of ya'll. I have missed out on what all of ya'll have been doing as well.

Redneck Rosarian thank you very much!

Becca's Dirt said...

April I am so happy to see this post from you. It has been a while and a lot has happened. But girl life goes on and you are experiencing blessings. Like another blogger wrote that when one door closes another opens. I have seen it in my own life. Glad that you are getting on with things and congratulations on your new business venture. Extra happy to see that you're gonna continue blogging. Now I'm gonna read about the Festival of Flowers. One of these days I'm gonna go.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Sooo glad to see you back! I've missed you and wondered what happened. I checked in every so often to see if you had posted.
It does sound like you've had lots of change in your life, but that things are going well now. I hope you have great success with your new business!!

Carol said...

I'm so glad you're back! I have wondered and wondered what happened to you and said a little prayer for you even tho I don't know you. I just knew soemthing must have happened. Your story sounds kinda like mine. Hope all is well. God Bless! Carol

Kim and Victoria said...

Nice to see you back, Princess! Glad to hear things are going well.

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