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Stop and Smell the Roses

There is always time to stop and smell the roses 🌷

My grandparents always had a massive rose garden. As a kid, I have fond memories of picking roses and watching my grandfather tend to his what seemed like millions rose bushes. My grandma loved to work in the rose garden too, it was always time with the whole family.
My father continued on the same tradition. He had a green thumb for roses and he loved those bushes. When my parents first moved into their house they had 100 roses in their yard. They eventually made a smaller garden, but still spent just as much time caring for those roses. Now, he has a good rose garden of probably 20-30 rose bushes. He used to always pick roses for my mom and bring them inside for her to enjoy. It was always a special little gift he made for her. 
Now we continue his legacy by picking roses and taking them to his grave. I know he was looking down on us this morning as my daughter was playing with his roses. I’m sure he was probably worrying about her…

Two years down...

Two years ago this blog was just an idea of mine. I had been thinking for quite sometime I needed a medium to share my story. I always knew I wanted to do something, create some place, find some way to reach a bigger community and touch more people than just in my day to day life. Then two years ago I finally took the plunge and created this blog.


I still remember, my almond farmer husband had just had foot surgery, so I had taken a week off work to take care of him. This gave me a lot of time to think and ponder what I was doing in my life. I had a fairly new job that allowed me to be quite independent and accomplish my duties at my pace. I was able to do more of what I wanted and get things done when it was more convenient for me and not necessarily during a set schedule. I thought this would be the perfect time to carve out my little blog and start with sharing our farm story.

Little did I know, this whole blogging thing could easily evolve into a full time job itself. I am so happy and grateful for the journey I have been on because of this. From starting a facebook page, instagram account and twitter dedicated to Almond Girl to attending media training, joining blogger groups and building relationships in the social media world. Blogging really has become a part of my life. I share with you all my life happening, what's going on with our farm, and of course a some nutty recipes. You have all been there when I announced I was having a baby, when we had to drill a new well because of the drought, you walked with me step by step for pollination, and you were patience with me when my little almond farmer arrived and I went on a blog break for a while. So many things have happened over the past two years and I am glad I was able to share with you it all!

It is hard to believe that I have been on this blog journey for two years now. I am so happy I took the plunge and am here today to share my story with you. Cheers to the past two years and many more to come!!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

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