Your Mother’s Day Bouquet

Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies out there who have influenced anyone’s life whether as a mother, aunt, friend, teacher, or any important role. May God richly bless you for your service and sacrifice as you continue to care for others. I appreciate you. Enjoy the celebration and remember that you deserve praise every day of the year.

I have gathered some beautiful bouquets from close to my home. Choose one and enjoy your day.

Happy Mother’s Day.    

Which one did you choose?

March Flowers Shine Anyway

In north Louisiana from February to April we are treated to a daffodil show from the early, mid, and late bloomers. But this year, these poor beauties had a very rough start with the two snow episodes. Well, one I would call a snowstorm, although my northern friends would argue the point. Anyway, the thousands of bulbs in my parents’ field have not bloomed like in the past. Yet, they are not dead, just delayed or scared.

I find myself in the same situation coming out of 2020. I’m not ready to enter my old vibrant way of life. I’m skittish when it comes to milling around with the “thousands.” I’m like the timid daffodils, showing my face to a few waiting for the big event later, maybe next year.

The beauty of the ones who braved the entry are spectacular. I appreciate the hope of spring that is tattooed on their faces. I confirm my desire to be a bright spot for those I see—a smile, a thank you, a wave, a kind word. Whether a daffodil in a field or a person in a grocery store, I want a view of the gentle mankind where beauty is still prevalent perhaps a little shy but alive just the same.  

God is not finished with me yet. Like a storm beaten flower, I will find my way to make others happy with a spring to my step and a song on my lips. I’m going to shine anyway.

How are you doing as Spring arrives in a few days?

One of My Happy Places

“The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought…You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11

As I’ve mentioned before, while home this spring during the pandemic, my garden benefited from my presence and the awesome Hand of God. Yes, I give Him the credit. All I did was plant, tend, and water. Now, I have a sea of color in my English-style flower garden. A hodgepodge of flowers–wildflowers, bulbs, seeds–with butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. I now get to admire God’s handiwork.

 

“Let us Cultivate our Garden.” Voltaire’s words apply to more than the green garden plots. We should be about cultivating and tending and pruning and loving the gifts and talents God has given us. Let’s do it.

Enjoy the beauty I admire every day in my own slice of Eden. Zinnias, daisies, gladiolas, lantana, sunflowers, hibiscus, marigolds…Do you have a favorite flower?

How does your garden grow?

IMG_4819Gardening anyone? Recently in my blog, I have shared two things that I have done during “Stay at home”–NaNoWriMo (writing) and my Austen binge. Another area that has benefited from my extended hours at home is my yard. How about yours?

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.” Jeremiah 29:5

IMG_4989I have always worked outside the home teaching during spring. I planted a few items on the weekends, but never anything that took extra time. I did not have any time to spare. But now…oh my, I had no idea spring could be so productive while at home. My garden has reaped the benefits of time and attention.

“Let us cultivate our garden.” Voltaire

Seeds, bulbs, bushes–they are all flourishing. My first zinnia and gladiola bloomed today and a nasturtium yesterday. The color splashes make me happy as I lean over my deck and watch them explode in health.

For the first time ever, I planted potatoes and onions. I cannot wait for the harvest. My husband added okra and they will appear this summer. Last fall, I put a pumpkin and its seeds in the dirt just wondering what nature would do. Now, I have a huge pumpkin plant with two baby pumpkins on the vines. I do not know how it will do during the heat, but nature kind of took over. My squash plants are blooming, and I see baby yellow squash growing. Tomatoes and peppers are growing, and I will get to reap the harvest.

Well, I miss my students and my teaching assignment, but God gave me time to spend with His creation and the opportunity to enjoy the produce.

Do you have a garden whether flowers or veggies or fruit?   

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