Rock Garden Beginnings

The Rock Garden in the Spring
Rock Garden in Spring

I reside with my husband, Bill in the historic Texas 1938 rock home of my mother’s teenage years, built by my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Shoemaker.   My husband and I and our two children, Brandon and Brett have lived in the house since 1987.  Our boys are grown, employed in other cities at this time, but they always return to the old place on Elm Creek.  Not only is our Abilene home and accompanying rock garden historic, but it has also been the locale of many special family occasions through the years:  my father and mother were married in the back yard, and my youngest son, Brett and his new wife, Leanna were married there this past summer!  My brother, Bill was married to his wife, Janice in the front living room of our home ten years ago.

The rock garden has been the delight of many children through every season, including myself and my brother and sister, as we travelled to Texas from Illinois on an annual basis to visit with grandparents and play on the grand stage of the rock garden, hunting elusive marbles cemented among the glittering rocks.  As you can see from the photograph, the rock garden is like no other-quartz, crystal, desert rose, geodes, a rock boot, a large cement heart, and unusual shaped rocks such as “the brain” perched on top of a pillar.  The rock garden provided us with endless hours of creative  imagination.   From 1987 to 2008, I have lived in this place, enjoyed the rock garden created by Dano, my grandfather, and marvelled at the intricate detail of his planning such a unique and magical place for children to play and wonder.  During these same years, I have spent my entire career working with children, many of whom you will experience in exploring my blog, through the learning journey we travelled together.

Hence, the name “Children of the rock garden”.  All of my creative thoughts, presentations, strategies, etc. implemented with these wonderful kids in the 30 years of my career, were generated from the creative play I experienced on and around the rock garden as a child.  Kids are kids, regardless of their varied needs, and each one is as unique and beautiful as the rocks in the garden.  The rock garden continues to grow in depth and beauty as my family returns from every trip with another bright addition to the garden.

I hope you enjoy my blog as it is developed.  I plan to include items of interest related to my favorite activities, and add a little knowledge about educating children.  The purpose of the education stories included in my blog is to offer ideas and strategies to adults with missions of providing children with the tools they need to develop active problemsolving and creative learning.  Today’s children must be able to communicate effectively with others and strategically plan and implement real experiences to successfully function within the social context of our world.


9 thoughts on “Rock Garden Beginnings

  1. I like the theme of your blog. Your writing is very creative…. I need to look up a theologian that I have read that uses the garden as his medium for getting across the message. His name is something like Vigolium, but that is not the name.

  2. Thank you for your kind words, Cliff. Please let me know when you find out the theologian’s name!

  3. Terry,

    Looks good so far! I’m glad you started a blog and I hope you update often!

  4. Thank you, Julie—you know you were my inspiration to update and renew! I am really enjoying the writing. You have added a whole new dimension to my daily activities and I just love it!
    Thank you, Thank you!

  5. Terry, I am so impressed with your blog and I want to see your rock garden sometime. We collect rocks too from different places, but never thought about making a garden with them. It’s good to know the number of days we have been retired too. What a blessed life we have! Have a great day and hope to see you soon. Susan

  6. Susan,
    Thank you so much for viewing my blog and for your kind words! Yes, you and Jerry MUST come to see the rock garden in the Spring.
    We just got the waterfall going again with a new pump, tubing, etc. In a few weeks, it will be covered again with vines and pots of beautiful flowers.
    Of course, the rocks themselves are the best part and it is so much fun to have friends who appreciate their value and beauty.
    Let me know what wonderful projects you are currently working on—I love your embroidery and quilting.

  7. Terry, I just got a denim jacket yesterday and plan to do some silk embrodiery on it. Silk embrodiery is so much fun to do, and this will be my first project on denim. Of course, I need to finish my painting before I do the silk embrodiery. We will see which gets done first. Ha!

  8. Oh, I can’t wait to see it! If you get your painting finished, maybe we can set a day to meet later this week or next week. I could work on some projects I need to finish, as well.
    Bill and I are going to celebrate his birthday in Dallas this weekend with Leanna and Brett-we’re going to the Dallas acquarium. Our neighbor said it was really neat!

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