Tag Archives: Spring

It’s Times TWO!

“Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin …” and for these parents, it’s times TWO!

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Two great joys are coming soon, and their grand family adventure is about to begin!

I’m so excited, happy and thankful for these sweet parents and so grateful that they included me in documenting their expectant-parent journey!

I can’t wait to hear about their Double Delivery!

Happy Hostas

Rain has been abundant this spring and summer. The fauna and flora in our area are all very happy. The best watering comes from heavenly watering, a wise gardener once told me. Better than any spigot and garden hose.

Hosta blooms captured with my macro lens right after an early morning rain:

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Rhododendron Beauty

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Fresh. Delicate. Ethereal.

This is just one of the hundreds of Spring blooms in our gardens.

I can’t get enough of this beauty. Simply awesome to see and inhale.

Morning in the Park

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The G Family met me at the neighborhood park for some play time. Their youngest son just turned six months old and he used his core strength to sit well for the very first time without toppling over! Big brother (14) adores his little brother and was so helpful in keeping him happy by blowing bubbles and  supplying him with colorful props!

Look at little B’s beautiful eyes and eyelashes! His bright personality shined through the whole morning!

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I love to capture photos of a family having fun — they got some tickle time!

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We took a break and got out the St. Louis’ famous Fitz’s Root Beer, complete with old fashioned striped paper straws decorated with bow ties for the guys and a girly pink bow for mom! How cute is little B with his bow-tied sippy cup!

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What a handsome dad and son combo!

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Happy Father’s Day to this very special dad!

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Welcome, Spring! It’s Blissful!

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The flowering Japanese cherry tree has the most delicate, ruffled blooms, and is so pretty against the clear blue sky! I wish the blooms would last all Spring and Summer!

Love Is in the Air

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How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

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There are SO many quotes about love.

My favorite is “Love is a VERB.”

I pray that this dear couple experiences much love as they prepare to make a life together through marriage and family.

I pray that their third “cord” in their relationship as husband and wife is Jesus Christ, the One who demonstrates perfect love and forgiveness to us all.

I wish you much happiness, D and B!

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Waves of Spring Color

Waves of Spring Color

Azaleas and Wave Petunias — Spring is my favorite season, hands down!

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Trumpeting Easter Joy

Trumpeting Easter Joy

Daffodils in our yard — every time I look at these bright, cheerful “faces” I think of Easter trumpets playing “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today, Alleluia!”

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

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Well, Hello, Cardinal!

Well, Hello, Cardinal!

On Palm Sunday, the snow fell and the birds came to the feeder to snack throughout the day.

I waited a long time to capture this shy cardinal.

He darted among all the backyard trees, and then he finally decided it was his turn to snack on the sunflower seeds. Isn’t he a beauty?

A Favorite Iris

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Irises bloom prolifically in my garden, thanks to Mom who has gifted so many of hers to me and also gives me birthday cash to get new varieties and hybrids each year! This is one of my favorite blooms. It’s a ruffled edge and bearded variety named “Blast.”

Spring Columbine

The Columbine plant in my garden is blooming its heart out, and these deep purple flowers have lasted nearly three weeks now! How I love spring’s blooms!
Blooms in my Spring 2012 garden are constant joys and surprises from God! The deep purple bloom shapes remind me of majestic trumpets, sounding triumphant praises throughout creation.

One of my favorite Easter Day hymn texts is this one by John of Damascus, c. 754:

The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad, the passover of gladness, the passover of God.
From death to life eternal, from sin’s dominion free, our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory.

Now let the heav’ns be joyful, let earth its song begin, let all the world keep triumph and all that is therin.
Let all things, seen and unseen, their notes of gladness blend; for Christ the Lord has risen, our joy that has no end.

Joy in our risen Lord Jesus!

Earth Laughs in Flowers

 Earth laughs in flowers.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”

My best friend/dear husband and I strolled through the Missouri Botanical Gardens yesterday with camera ready.

These are just a few of the hundreds of luscious blooms and new leaves in God’s gorgeous world. Red maples. Crabapples. Red buds. Daffodils. Tulips. Pansies. Viburnum. Johnny Jump Ups. I just want to live there!

Some of my favorite quotes about flowers:

‘Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth, “Lines Written in Early Spring,” Lyrical Ballads, 1798

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
~William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” 1804

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”

Look at us, said the violets blooming at her feet, all last winter we slept in the seeming death but at the right time God awakened us, and here we are to comfort you.  ~Edward Payson Rod

Happy awakening! Happy Spring!