the children


i’m standing at the line wind in hair unclipping clothes pins, wood between fingers. the sun makes my face look like a strawberry. suddenly he’s standing there amongst the folds of linen, home from work. shirt unbuttoned, feeling the kiss of summer air.

“how are the children?” he asks, first thing, after kissing my belly where our own child lies.

he’s referring to the peppers and tomatoes we transplanted earlier this week. his forehead is wrinkled like the furrows in our garden. together, hand in hand, we step bare-footed amongst our rows of ‘children’ observing their colour of leaf, their tender heads struggling upwards from a bed of black soil.

“i think they’re okay,” i tell him softly.

“and mr. wilty?”

mr. wilty is our one tomato plant who was dry as cardboard upon planting. somehow he’d missed my daily waterings. we’d been taking extra care of him, since. “he’s getting stronger.”

i look forward to these afternoon moments of walking bare-footed in wet soil checking up on our little ones. soon we’ll have grown a different kind of plant altogether–a human plant–to nourish and feed, to pray for and love.  standing here in the garden, womb protruding, hand in husband’s, i know we can’t do this alone. i have to trust that God is with us now, and always.

the ultimate Gardener. the everlasting father.

tending the roots…

looking after our children.



  1. May 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Oh, Emily… our tomato plants are living tandem wilting/ wind experiences…. and you and I, this companion word life.

    You are beautiful, you and your children… tomatoes and womb babe and words…


    All’s grace,

  2. Meghan said,

    May 28, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Yay baby bump! You are looking stunning, Em.

  3. naomi said,

    May 29, 2009 at 5:52 am

    oh my goodness emily – you are PREGNANT! you look wonderful!

  4. May 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    your baby is going to have wicked parents.

    you look great btw.

  5. Teneale said,

    May 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    You two are too cute. What an amazing picture you paint. Sometimes its hard to let the Great Gardener take over. You could end up losing your mind watching your baby sleep to make sure he is ok. But, that would be crazy. Eventually you just have to trust that he will be fine. Who could take better care of him than the God that controls everything anyway? Love you.

  6. May 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    You are growing beautifully, Em.

  7. joannamallory said,

    May 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I always look forward to your posts, Emily. The way you see things, and the way you share them with us… thank you for following this call.

    The Lord bless your garden (especially Mr. Wilty) and your growing family.

  8. abbagirl74 said,

    May 31, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Emily, you look beautiful!

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