“What do you want for Christmas this year?” That is a loaded question. I could go on and on about the masses of material things that I would like to call mine that I have only been drooling over for the past 11 months (or more), but I started really thinking about that word. Want.

Based off these definitions, it seems like an easy question to ask. What do you want? Seems simple enough to just blurt out the desires of your heart but it begs another question for me recently. “Do you need it?” Hm. That puts me at a hault right dead in my tracks. This year I started a new way of thinking. I wanted to be able to finally start saving money and not spend it all and have nothing to show for it. I am looking at the things in my home that occupy my space and asking these important questions to myself. “Do I want it and if so, do I really need it?” It makes it easier to let it go and appreciate any kind of joy it may have brought you. I am trying to declutter and organize my home and my mind, so when posed with the simple request from my Husband as to what I wanted for Christmas, I took the time to really think about it.

Sure, I asked for more raised beds for the garden or a pool with a chuckle knowing very well it wasn’t going to happen. He looked at me with that kind of look that you can only get from your significant other that says that you must be out of your mind crazy! Then it came to me as quick as a beam of light. I would honestly love to add a fruit tree to our yard and start the collection of fruit giving trees that are in memory of a dearly departed loved one who has left us and gone to be with the Lord. I have so many wonderful memories with so many beautiful souls and it is exciting to imagine watching these fruit trees grow large and produce delicious produce for my family to enjoy and share in both memory and bounty. World, meet our Florida Peach tree! This tree is not dedicated yet, but I will find who to dedicate this too after I have calmed down from the excitement of finally getting a fruit tree!!

Bless the mess!! Our yard is a work in progress, and it is hard when you both work full time jobs!

Have you ever dedicated a tree to a loved one who passed away? I’d love for you to share the experience! Write a comment or drop a picture in the comments and let me know!

Published by FloridaGardenGirl

Hey Y'all! My name is Nicole, and I am a wife and mother just trying to make it through this thing called life and survive in one piece! I decided to start up gardening here in our home state of Florida (zone 9B) in 2018 dappling with one 4'x8' bed and I stuffed what I could in there. It was AMAZING! I had this giddy excitement inside me that was screaming for joy at my new found hobby, and it has grown so much more over the past year or so! Now we own laying hens, garden in 8 raised beds in our back yard almost year round, and we homeschool! I have learned so much from this experience and I would love to share it with you! This exciting adventure has encouraged me to start blogging about our experiences, successes and failures in hopes to inspire others to follow the desires of their heart and reach for their dreams. This is a space for lifting others up and freeing yourselves from the woes of the world! Relax and garden a little. You will be surprised how amazing it is and how rewarding it can be!

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