There were so many beautiful flowers and plants at the East Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Such a diverse display of God's amazing creativity! Vibrant colors and fragrant aromas delighted our senses.
There is a historic farmhouse, the Wofford House, (shown above) on the property. It was not open for us to tour inside, but we really didn't need to, you can see everything through the large windows. They have the home furnished for the appropriate time period and the relics and antiques are really neat. The home has three sections with a large covered breeze way in the middle with wide steps in the front leading to the main entrance. I love these style homes. Seeing the past firsthand is so much fun!
The Arboretum & Botanical Gardens have done a wonderful job creating a playful and colorful environment for children too. Check out this adorable Children's Playhouse and yard. There is also a small castle prop type play area at a different section of the park.
While playing in the Children's Playhouse we noticed it could use a little attention. Many of the corners and window sills had spider webs and dead bugs left over from the winter and early spring months. The boys also discovered some loose chairs legs and loose door handles of the kitchen play set. I decided this would be a perfect opportunity for us to serve.
Talking about the importance of serving and being a blessing wherever we go is a common conversation. Jesus came to Earth to serve, not to be served; He is our model. The next week the boys and I gathered our work gloves, small hand tools and headed back to the Arboretum.
Getting our hands dirty and giving our time is the best way to learn to serve. The boys worked so hard cleaning and "fixing up" the playhouse. They swept, cleaned windows, wiped surfaces, and tighten loose screws and bolts. I know how crucial it is to model what we preach and it is so fun working along side of them. After everything was cleaned and fixed, they wanted to rearrange the furniture, lol!
When the playhouse was complete we headed to the bathrooms to give them some attention too. Caleb cleaned the sinks and mirrors while Wyatt helped me sweep and gather the trash. We all had a great sense of accomplishment and service when done. Then we sat down outside, drank lots of water and enjoyed a snack among the beauty of the Gardens.
Hi! My name is Mandy Jo.
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