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When the roosters begin to crow in the black of early morning, I know Joshua is right on time. These babes have all awoke right between four and five to eat and drift back to slumber, leaving Mama wide awake in the peace of morning. It is a gift.

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Before breakfast is begun and little bed heads make their way to the kitchen, there I am in the dark stillness to read and write and anchor my day.

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On the rare occasion that their slumber continues and breakfast is ready, I sneak out to the garden at first light.

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It is July in Texas and so it is hard to tell if it is still warm from the night before… or just beginning to heat up. There is no dew or morning chill or hot coffee.

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There is only me, standing amid sunflowers, bolstered by His grace.

I cannot know what the day will bring, whether triple digits or chill; drought or rain. But come what may I can rest in the knowledge that this is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

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My laptop broke down a couple of weeks ago. Because of this I’ve had more time to work on the kitchen side of recipe development… and head to the garden on a daily basis.

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We spend much of the afternoon on low-key shade activities so by the time supper concludes we all sort of disperse to outside activities. Stewart heads to the fence, the boys head to the goats, and I head to the garden with one or three in tow.

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Things die a lot this time of year. The squash inundation has ceased. The green beans gave it up. The collards are drying up. The heat loving sunflowers, tomatillos, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, water melons, and okra are pretty much all that remain and even those are struggling through 100 degree days and pest issues.

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Still, Abram and I pulled the green beans and bug-infested squash and planted more black-eyed peas and okra. I don’t know what will come of them or if it was even the best move, given it is the middle of July in Texas.

But we had seeds and soil and water in the pond, so it seemed the right thing to do.