For awhile it seemed like the snow would never go away. Then came the rain. Every day. Or so it felt like. This holiday weekend we gathered up our shovels and seed packets and went out to the garden to finally dig in the dirt. The ground felt warm on our bare feet as we planted the peas, beans, carrots and tomatoes. We talked about how tall the sunflowers might grow, and how many pumpkins and cucumbers we would get. We put a cage over the sunflower sprout that Girl 2 started in school so that the deer and bunnies wouldn't eat it, and put a rock, and then another for safe measure, on top of the cage so they wouldn't tip it over. And now we wait to see what sprouts, what gets nibbled on by the neighborhood bunnies, and what grows for little hands to pick and eat straight from the garden, warmed by the sun.