Bloom Where You’re Planted

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bloom where you've been planted thesproutingseed.comEzra began piling dirt onto the newly planted flowers. A look of wonder filled his eyes as his fingers squished through the moist soil. Longing filled my heart. Longing for more land, more fresh air. A place where Ezra can see daily miracles in nature and a place to call our own.

We moved back from Budapest, Hungary two years ago. We settled into the heart of a new city, not really knowing where else to go. We know cities. We’ve lived in quite a few and have thrived on their energy. I thought cities were my home.

bloom where you're planted. thesproutingseed.comBut my heart has changed. I’ve changed. Looking at my child with the soft wind blown hair, dirt under his nails, and freedom in his eyes, I long to be in a place where he can run wild. I long for puppies to wrestle with him while chickens peck nearby. For a small garden to grow our food and a tiny goat from whom we’d get our milk. I want to go back to nature, back to simple.

And yet that’s not where we are and I doubt where we’ll be. At least anytime soon. Because we still love the city.

And so here I am, dreaming and hoping for the “one day” and yet I don’t want to miss today. Today we are in the city. We have a small yard, but we do have a balcony and lots of pots. We rent and can’t have animals, but we know farmers who do.

bloom where you're planted. thesproutingseed.comI’ve felt stuck lately–frustrated with dreams for the future and for my family. But as I wrestle through it, I feel like God whispers softly to just enjoy the day. To bloom where I am planted. And to make the most of what I have. I find myself stuck on what I want and forgetting what I’ve been given.

So here’s to homesteading this spring in the city. In a yard shared by two other neighbors. On a patio with lots of pots. In a tiny home with lots of love.

Here’s a few of my inspirations for homesteading. What has been inspiring you lately?

1. Wood Pallet Herb Garden–I love how compact this is. Just make sure to find pallets that are heat treated rather than treated with chemicals. There will be a big “H” stamped on the side. Also, it’s a good idea to wash them…really well. Inspiration for apartment gardening at

2. Shoe Organizer Herb Garden This seems like a type-A’s dream! Everything is so organized! You can find a natural cotton shoe organizer HEREInspiration for apartment gardening at

3. Hanging Basket Garden. I really love the look of this and hope to try it soon! I’m just looking for the right place to hang it. Have you done this? Where did you put it?inspiration for apartment gardening at

4. Try a garden in a box, but use small things like wine crates, tin buckets, barrels, etc. Inspiration for apartment gardens at

I’m also looking into classes on food preservation. I’d love to grow in my knowledge about preserving excess fruits and veggies.

How are you blooming where you’re planted?

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  1. Thanks for sharing your garden inspirations. My favorite is the wood pallet herb garden. I’m in a similar situation and although we can’t even have a balcony garden due to too much shade, we are fortunate that our family is letting us use some of their yard space for a garden! We plan on building the bed this weekend!

  2. I can totally relate! I too have a dream of living out in the country and having a large garden, some chickens, and a dog for my boys to play with. We have talked about this dream many times but still find ourselves in the city and my boys are growing up fast. Yet, God is teaching me to be thankful for the little things each day and showing me the joy that I can have when I’m willing to accept them as gifts from Him. I’m currently reading “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp – a dare to live fully right where you are. I’d highly recommend it!

    We don’t yet have any real plans to move out of the city or to ever do anything other than rent but we may be able to get a dog in the near future. I also have perfected the ability to grow lots of veggies in my tiny garden with the help of many pots. It is still too cold here in Michigan to think about planting anything but it won’t be long before I’m out digging in the dirt and I can thank God for the blessings He is giving me right now!

    • Denise, that is so great. And I LOVE Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts. I read it about 2 years ago and it STILL challenges me! :) Thanks for sharing your story. I’m glad we can enjoy this season together–here’s to many veggies and many joyful moments with our families!

  3. I really like the suggestions you have made. Your shoe organizer is an excellent idea. But lets take it 1 step further. I am thinking of buying some heavy canvas and making a smaller version of the shoe organizer using heavy canvas. Thank you. J Toth

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