Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scripture Sunday ~ The Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
 
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Curiosities by Dickens 
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Tiny White Daisies 
 
But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, 
and scatters the sheep.
 
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The Heart of England 
New Wonderful Photos
  
The hireling flees, because he is a hireling, and cares not for the sheep.
 
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My Aloysius 
Cannelle et Vanille 
Fatinia 
 
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
 
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As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and 
I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10: 11 ~ 15
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On this joyous Easter morning, let us rejoice in a Good Shepherd who not only laid down his life for His sheep, but has risen again. 
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Madness

 
I don't know about you, but March has a way of driving me mad ~ and I don't mean basketball ~ it's this crazy weather.  
 
 
I look forward to March with such high hopes of spring and warmer weather and flowers. But, more often than not, it leaves me disappointed and only wishing it would hurry on so we could get to April.
 
 
This has been one of those Marches.  Every so often there is a tease of spring, 
and then it's back to snow, cold temps, and raw winds.
 

 Oh well ~ what can you do except wait it out?
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Monday, March 25, 2013

You're Invited to a Garden Party

 
Since  snow and more snow is the only thing in the forecast, I decided to throw a garden party. Maybe if I hope hard enough I can guilt winter into going away.  So ~ today I'm ignoring the snow outside and celebrating spring's arrival 
with a garden party and you're invited.
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Every pretty garden should have an entrance gate that beckons you to come in.
 
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A pretty table and fresh cut flowers are a must.
 
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media-cache 
Rosesommer 
Whimsical Raindrop Cottage 
  
And of course every garden party has to have beautiful cupcakes and pink lemonade.
 
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Vintage Rose Garden
Cindy Ellis Art 
Inspiration Lane 

And every garden should have roses ~ lots of roses.
 
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Kathy Brown's Garden
ZsaZsa Bellagio 
Better Homes and Gardens 
Vintage Rose Collection 
 

So if where you live it is cold and snowy ~ this invitation is for you.  
Come dream with me of warmer fragrant days ahead.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Scripture Sunday ~ Let Your Light Shine

 
You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
 
 

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14 ~ 16

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"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does.
Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining ~ they just shine."
Dwight Moody

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Longing for Green

 
It's been a cold and dreary March here in Ohio, leaving one to wonder if 
spring will ever escape winter's grip.
 
 
This is about as green as it gets in my yard right now.
 
 
Even though the weather has been chilly, I have been able to get a few things accomplished in the back yard.
 
  
I've been doing some reading and decided to take the space that was my vegetable 
garden and turn it into raised beds.
 
   
It's been a big and heavy project hauling wood and bags of soil and compost.  Bags of pea gravel are also being brought in to cover the new dividing pathways.
At least all the boxes are made.  I only need to get one box filled right now, 
so I can start planting the early crops like peas, spinach, and lettuce.  
The rest can be done in the next month or so after my back recovers. 
 
 
What excites me most is the good soil that will be in the boxes and how much better everything will/should grow.  I've mixed a combination of top soil, compost, 
manure, vermiculite and peat moss together to create the perfect growing medium.  
 
   
Now all I need to do is plant some seeds, pray it gets warmer, and wait for something green to sprout.
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Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday's Meanderings ~ The Enchanted Oven

 
Today I'd love it if you would meander over with me to visit Lisa  
at The Enchanted Oven, where she makes the most beautiful cookies ever.
You'll find cookies for every occasion there.
 
 
Lisa has been decorating sugar cookies for a little over
two years now and is having lots of fun.


She began her journey in cookie decorating by reading a 
few online tutorials and then trial, error, and practice! 
 
 
She gets a lot of her inspiration from fabrics, vintage motifs,
and nature.  I think every cookie is a work of art and
 far too pretty to eat.
 
 
Her cookies are a true labor of love, and she enjoys making them for family and friends. 
 
 
She is the mom of five children - four boys and one girl. 
I bet her pretty creations don't last long with that many hands in the cookie jar.  
 
 
She even makes pretty pies.
 
 
Lisa's other passion is gardening, so when she's not baking, you'll find her in the "enchanted garden", growing veggies, herbs, and tons of flowers! 
 
 
I hope you get a chance to stop over and visit Lisa because this is 
just a small sampling of her beautiful handiwork.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Scripture Sunday ~ His Banner Over Me

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He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
Song of Solomon 2:4
 
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Slim Paley - The Stuff of Life 
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hope Springs

 
The end of another work week.  Another week 
closer to spring and sunshine and flowers.
 
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Berry Red
Sarah Emily 1992 
Indigo Crossing 
Such Pretty Things
 
Spring brings with it fresh ideas and energy as we shake off the 
slumber and drowsiness of winter.
 
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Indigo Crossing
Le Jardin 
Momtastic 
 
Pretty pastel colors will soon replace the dull and drab browns of
the countryside as it awakens from a deep sleep.  
 
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Hello My Name is Heather 
Flickr 
Indigo Crossing 
 
In spring, hope returns and beauty abounds ~ inside and out.
 
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Wishing you all a very happy weekend.
 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday's Weather

 
 
Everyone has things they look forward to with the changing of each season.  One of my favorite things is being able to hear the birds singing in the morning.
 
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Mr. McGregors
The Dame International 
Pixdaus 

Never mind that it's only around 30 degrees outside, on the days I work from home, I crack the window just an inch, and listen to them greet the morning light.  
 
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A Cottage in the Woods
A Quieter Storm 
Vintage Rose Brocante 
 

The mornings may still be chilly, but they don't seem to mind.  
They always sound so happy.
 
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My Secret Garden 
Rosa Luna 
Buttercup Meadow 
   
I love it when multiple species are singing at the same time and they sound like a heavenly chorus, willing spring to come. 
 
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Yard & Garden 
Air Kissed 
 
I know people who complain about the birds waking them up, but as for me ~ I never tire of birdsong ~ no matter what time of day they sing their lullaby's. 
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