Blooms in My May Garden

May was a glorious bouquet.  Stroll with me through my May garden, admiring God’s palette and glimpsing his smile in the petals. The peonies bloomed . . . soft, billowy pillows my eyes like to rest upon!  I once met a woman in Alabama who claimed to have a garden full of peonies.  “My garden,” she said, […]

“Blooms” in My March Garden

Winter battled with spring this month. Sleet bowed my daffodils’ heads just as they donned their yellow bonnets. The delicate pear blossoms froze, along with my Texas tulips. Nevertheless, spring is now victorious! The perennials are waking up everywhere, with fresh green foliage and the promise of beautiful flowers. The following is a list of […]

“Blooms” in My February Garden

The flurries earlier this month are giving way to snowy pear blossoms.  Although the calendar doesn’t reflect it, Texas is kicking off her winter blanket in exchange for spring’s multi-hued quilt.  The following is a list of blooms, both literal and figurative, in my garden this month. *  Beef stew and tulips, carried in loving arms, through […]

“The Good New Days”

The same God who brought you the good old days will bring you the good new days.” I read this bit of wisdom in a book by John Claypool when I was a teenager, and I’m still quoting it to myself today.  The New Year is beginning, and although I feel a twinge of excitement […]

“Blooms” in My December Garden

The December garden’s last flash of beauty was glazed in ice.  I bid farewell to the delicate petals and colored leaves while peering through their frozen casements.  Cold though it was, this month “bloomed” with warmth and beauty. *  Decorating cookies with my extended family *  Cozied up on the couch, a son on either […]

“Blooms” in My November Garden

The November garden is like the last glowing embers of a beautiful fire before the cold sets in.  I appreciate the painted leaves and brave final flowers all the more because of  their impermanence.  Here are some of the “blooms” in my life and in my garden over the past month. * Confederate Rose Mallow […]

A Little “Country” Here: Finding Contentment Where I Live

The ‘Country Girls’ in the front flower bed just finished their fall flush.  I identify with those garden mums.  I am a country girl too, in spite of the fact that, like them, I’ve never actually lived in the country. Our house in this suburban city is a dear home to me now, but it […]