Tender Mercies of a Fenced Yard

fenced yard

A fenced yard is one of the tender mercies for mothers of young children. I know this is true.

How did I do it for almost five years at the Old Place? Oh, I have no idea. But now, now that we live in Heaven, and I’m beginning to feel like it may stick, like maybe no one is going to show up and tell us it’s all a joke and we have to move, I think I could give up disposable diapers, or running water,  before I could go without a fenced yard. Well, ok, maybe not, but you get the idea.

Right now, I’m watching Beanie dance around on the patio, holding a large green Japanese parosel and twirling in the sunbeams- and I can see he forgot to put his undies on again. Jeffrey is zooming back and forth across the yard on his bike, and Abby is standing at the wall-length picture window in my sunlit studio banging on the glass and laughing at her brothers.

Because of our fenced backyard, the boys, and soon enough Abby too, have freedom they never knew and the Old Place. They can safely come and go as they please; creating forts and secret areas and hidden worlds away from mom’s eyes, but near enought that I know exactly where they are- a balm for them and for me.

Everyone needs a fenced backyard.

11 thoughts on “Tender Mercies of a Fenced Yard

  1. Ah, would that were mine. Nope. Plucked from a magazine. Mine is very nice, but in the interest of my limited annonymity, I don’t post pics of the outside of my house. But thanks- I like it too.

  2. My husband has been in school for over 9 years so we have been doing the apartment thing for A LONG TIME! I can’t wait to own a home. My requirements – at least 1100 square feet, a garage and a FENCED YARD!

  3. Fenced yards are amazing! We have lived in two homes without fences. One was right by a lake – so that was a tad scary! The other was in a neighborhood and we were right at the entrance – so lots of traffic in and out. Love those fences!

  4. we finally got the last section of fencing done on our back yard, yeah. Now if we could only get the sod in… So happy for you and the sanity that a fenced in back yard can bring.

  5. I couldn’t agree more. It’s such a blessing to be able to let them go out in the backyard and have a little freedom in a safe setting.

    On a side note, I have been reading your blog for some time and decided to come out of de-lurk mode. I think you are incredibly talented and a wonderful writer. I know I’m just going the fan club but I wanted to say Hi :o)

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