Unscheduled and Unintentional Summer Break for The Sower

When we first started the monthly newsletter, which we endearingly call The Sower, we committed to sending it out by the 14th of every month. Obviously this has not happened over the past couple of months. I want to tell you that I'm sorry for that.

I also want to tell you how I truly appreciate your grace, understanding, and forgiveness. Your support humbles me. Truly.

I don't want it to seem like I'm making an excuse, however there are some very good reasons why you have not received updates from Seeds of Grace in your email inbox.

The first reason is that we have been extremely short-handed with people who like to do administrative tasks for us. This shortage is being alleviated, and we are building our teams, however we always need more people to help us do everything that needs to be done to feed God's Sheep.

Another reason is that my grandchildren were here with me all summer long. If you know me, or are friends on Facebook, you very likely saw me posting photo, after photo, after photo of them and all their shenanigans. We had an amazing summer. We did many Seeds of Grace activities.

The truth is, my grandchildren absolutely loved being in the garden. They didn't mind coming to the office to help me with various tasks, or organizing….. But what they really loved, was helping me to take care of the Lion's Park Garden, by doing the watering, the weeding, even planting and harvesting. They were so proud of themselves when they took the food to the Bremerton Foodline. They loved putting it on the scale, checking the wait against what their numbers were, and making the necessary corrections to the books at the Foodline – joking with whomever had the duty of logging in our harvest.

My grandchildren came on a couple of garden re-builds; they came out to a couple of First Harvest Celebrations. We had a visiting troop of Girl Scouts come to the Lion's Park Garden to learn about the planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. My grandchildren taught them. They showed the Girl Scouts each of those tasks and then they allowed the Girl Scouts to do those tasks themselves. It was an amazing site for me to behold - a child mentoring a child. Apprenticing, discipling, whatever you want to call it, this is how kids learn the best.

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So many wonderful memories were made this summer with my grandchildren. And, I can't wait till next year!

Hopefully between now and then, we will have a lot more team members who can help to free up my time, where things like this newsletter do not get neglected. I know you want to know what's going on with Seeds of Grace. Honestly, I want to tell you. It's always amazing. It's always big. It's always growing. Just the way God planned it.

So, here’s a little note of encouragement for you – if you are looking at our big, big world and all the problems… all hope is not lost – we have a future generation that is amazing… Once, as one of the girls and I had our special time together – (it tended to be in the garden that we would have wonderful conversations) – we were chatting about how she wanted a cell phone… I was making suggestions as to how she might earn some money, and show her parents that she was responsible… Somehow the conversation wrapped around to growing food and selling it… then she said, “but I don’t think I would ever sell the food that I would grow, Nana. Because I am sure there’s someone around my house who might need it and can’t buy it.”

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