Monday, April 25, 2011

Good smells

       Friends, since the fall of man in the garden of Eden, nothing in this world is perfect. Beautiful nights with cool breezes are ruined by mosquitoes. Sunny days with blue skies and kite-flying winds are ruined by oppressive humidity. Quiet mornings with the Bible open in my lap and a drink on the little table beside my comfy lounge chair on our back deck are, once again, ruined by those cursed mosquitoes! Yet, friends, I have been blessed by God with a husband who has worked long and hard to grant me a back yard that, to me, is very close to perfect!
                         I give you, the Du Toit's humble slice of heaven! (if heaven had mosquitoes) 
 Ah, a hammock. Swaying  in the shade of a green tree, this relaxing new addition to our back yard was a surprise from Stephan. Whew, I love that man.

Notice the lush, green grass surrounding the smooth slate stones of Stephan's walk way. We now have a path that is good for both man and beast to tread upon. And much prettier than the paths the dogs wore into the yard with their pacing.

 I hate to ruin the surprise for Aubrey, but I had to show these pictures. Above is the new deck that attaches to our bedroom. We're still debating whether or not we want to build stairs to it from the yard, or close it off entirely to the bedroom, but I love it as it is, so I don't care either way.

  These, friends with babies, are for you! I think I mentioned before how Stephan bought a second swing for the sole purpose of having other babies over to swing. This is our swings with chairs nearby for mothers to chat and rest in while babies swing and say "woooooo" like Lucy does.
       And this, my friends, is the man that does it all for his wife and baby, by the strength and skill that God has given him:
(I had to use this picture cause Noah's face is priceless)
     To God be the glory, great things He has done! So loved He the world that He gave us His Son.


  1. Wow!! Your backyard looks amazing!! The deck looks so good, nice tanning chairs!

  2. Wow! Can't wait to see in person!

  3. Looks great..tell SS that I would be even more impressed if it didn't take him 3 years to finish it though