"The precious garden of my home needs tending."
I love that phrasing. It conveys both how he feels about his family, and what he needs to do in regard to his family. I feel that way about my family, and I too, want to tend it well. After looking up tend in the thesaurus, I am even more impressed with that word.
tend: look after, take care of, care for, minister to, attend to, see to,wait on; watch over, keep an eye on, mind,protect, watch, guard, supervise; nurse,nurture, cherish.
This kind of attention takes time. I don't want to use my time on things - even good things - at the expense of my family. They are my first calling. I'm praying for wisdom in that regard, because...
The precious garden of my home needs tending.