I haven’t had much desire to get out with the camera this summer, but yesterday I got the urge and ventured into my backyard where Faye’s phlox vividly bloom. Faye was my husband’s grandmother who lived next door to us for years before her passing. I loved her as my own grandmother, and I adore these flowers. What began as a gift of a small bundle from her has grown into several feet in both width and height. They are a beautiful living reminder of the gracious woman she was, and it is my favorite time of summer when they bloom against the fence line. Enjoy them, and enjoy your weekend.
“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything,
but only God, who makes things grow.” — 1 Corinthians 3:7
Something truly awesome happened to me last night. I shared this story on my Facebook last night and thought I’d post it here, too. Sometimes we all just need a little hope, and even reading about it can help. It’s been a really rough month for me, and even more so, this past week. Lots of things going on and holding onto hope can be a battle in itself when stress tries to take over.
I took my daughter to Taco Bell last night for a cheap meal. I drive up to the window and the cashier tells me my order is FREE, that it was paid for by the lady in front of me as a random act of kindness. She told the cashier to tell me she was “paying it forward.” Needless to say, I am still stunned about the whole thing this morning. I don’t know who this lady was because she had driven away by the time I got to the window, but I want you all to know that her simple act of paying for our meal gave me some much-needed hope, and hope is an incredible thing to have.
Never underestimate the power of random kindness to someone. You truly never know what that person is going through, and your simple act just might give them a boost to keep going when everything seems to be falling apart. Remember that, and go be kind to someone. :)
I’m not sure what kind of moth this is. It’s been on the side of my van window for about 15 hours now. It might be dead, or it might just be getting some much needed rest, closing itself off from the noise around it so that it can become the very best it can be. I can learn from that. <3
“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive
never come in busyness. They grow in rest.”
I’ve been in the habit of taking my camera with me in the mornings while taking the dog outside. As a result, the birds (especially sparrows and blue jays) have become more comfortable with me and don’t fly off in a panic when they see me. Though the cardinals and woodpeckers still appear a bit hesitant, most of the others just sit and pose for the “camera lady” and go about their business. I love that they accept me into their space. :) Truly makes my day and gets me going with a smile.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
Backyard view this morning, a simple reminder that beauty and peace still live behind even the bleakest-looking clouds. I might not see it at first, but it will eventually reveal itself when the timing is right. I need to remember this when life gets painful and chaotic. <3
There has been an abundance of June beetles at my home lately, but the plus side to that is the many blue jays and other birds who come to visit in the morning and eat them. I’ve yet to catch a photo of the gorgeous woodpecker that comes (he’s a bit skittish of me), but I was pleasantly surprised when this blue jay landed right in front of me. Didn’t seem to mind me at all. :)
There was also a bunny munching nearby, and a chipmunk who scurried by in search of maple seeds. I love to be surrounded by so much nature in the mornings! A beautiful way to begin my day. Have a great Tuesday!