The bumblebees have found my purple coneflowers! I’m still waiting patiently for the Monarchs to arrive. I’ve spotted one Tiger Swallowtail so far.
The “blanket flowers” and butterfly weed and many more plants that attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and yellow finches are just waiting for visitors! I think our cool, wet Spring has affected the pollinators and butterflies so far. So I’ll keep watching!
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Looking forward to digging in the garden and planting beautiful veggies and blooms — dreaming through these next few months!
Love the colors in a variety of ornamental cabbage plants that range from dark to light shades. It’s fun to browse the seed catalogs and plan …
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“A bad day fishing is better than a good day at work!”
These two with their O’Pa at a favorite pond are simply happy to be casting and reeling and catching little biters.
Posted in Children, Families, Family Memories, God's beautiful creation, Grandparenting, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, Missouri Lakes & Rivers, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Reflections, Relationships, Relaxation, Senior Citizens, Snapshots, SOOC, Textures, Winter
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Where did Summer go?
The watering cans, well-used, gave drinks to so many flowers and veggies
planted on our deck.
Now we’ve picked our last cherry tomatoes,
watered the impatiens and petunias for the last times,
and prepare to winterize soon.
But not too soon.
Give us more beautiful Autumn days to sprinkle thirsty flowers,
though spindly and fading,
just to enjoy the task.
Posted in Autumn, Backyard Play, Family Memories, Fauna, Floral Gardening, Gardening, Jane's Scripture Cards, Landscape, Lifestyle, lifestyle photography, Memories, My Gardens, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Snapshots, SOOC, Textures
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Today is All Saints’ Day on the Christian church calendar. It’s a day to celebrate those sinner-saints who have gone before us to their heavenly rest.
During this beautiful Autumn season I’ve spent some time walking and photographing in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO, not far from where we live.
When my parents moved from Ohio to the St Louis area in early 2015, they changed their plans so that this national cemetery would be their final resting place.
Our dad is now at perfect peace and has been committed to JBNC since his recent passing from this earth. It’s a sad/happy time for us. Sad because we miss him so much–almost daily visiting, laughing, eating ice cream together, singing and listening to polka music, hearing his great stories about family and World War II and travel experiences and more.
We’re happy and comforted to know that we’ll see him in heaven someday, because we believe Jesus’ promise that’s written in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
God blessed Dad with almost 95 years of life on this earth, with a beautiful and loving bride of 70 years plus, and with a caring family and many friends. For all this, we’re so thankful.
See you later, Dad.
“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”
“For every sin on Him was laid; here in the death of Christ I live!”
Posted in Autumn, Events, Families, Family Heritage, Family Memories, Generations, God's beautiful creation, Landscape, Lifestyle, Memories, National Cemetery, natural light photography, Nature, Nature's Beauty, Relationships, Senior Citizens, Snapshots, SOOC, U.S. Military Veterans
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This is the last Monarch to visit our butterfly garden in 2016. We enjoyed each and every one that we saw, and thank God for His creation and their beauty! The monarchs enjoyed our butterfly weed, milkweed plants, and butterfly bushes (this one is named “Ruby”) as well as the zinnias and impatiens blooming here.
Read more about Monarchs and their migration here and on other sites that you find when searching Google for “monarchs” and “migration.”
Remember to save your flower seeds and plant in the early spring to help make your environment more butterfly friendly!
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Little sister brought her baby brother her favorite book—The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle–and he was completely mesmerized by it, as you can see!
The cocoon and hat were crocheted by Lake Effect Creations. You can find her Etsy shop online at etsy.com
Isn’t he adorable in it? A beautiful creation in God’s world!
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