We spent the first half of this year doing a major overhaul on our side yard… and now are spending the second half of the year enjoying the fruits of our labor, which at the moment look something like this:

I mean seriously — you just can’t help but be happy when you look at those things. Less than a year ago, the ground these fabulous flowers are now growing on was an overgrown concrete pond of some sort. So we’re doing pretty damn good.

There is something deeply satisfying about sitting outside, eating lunch on a patio that I helped construct with my own hands, looking at plants that I grew from seed into six-foot tall behemoths of sunshine. There is little that I have done or accomplished so far in my life that can rival that feeling.

It’s just one of those things in life that are very simple, and yet so, so good.