Now back to today...if you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post then hop over and say howdy to your neighbor. Here we go-
1. April is Lawn and Garden Month. On a scale of 1-10 what's the current state of your lawn and/or garden. (10=a showpiece, 1=send in the professionals). Tell us about any lawn or garden plans you have for this month.
That depends on who you ask around here. Hubs wants the whole grand plan completed pronto, with every pine needle in it's proper place, and until that happens he will not rate us a 10. I am comfortable with landscaping as a work in progress, because we intend to stay put for a while and I like to live in a place before I go all in with plantings. I'll give us a 6. We still need color, more flowering shrubs, some trees near the property line where our neighbor will build and probably more pine straw. Definitely more pine straw. Always more pine straw.
My plan is to get started on the patio pots after Easter. Hubs will be minding the home fires while I'm away so it's also possible I'll come home to a freshly mulched back yard-ha!
2. "Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there."~Thomas Fuller What does this quote mean to you?
Someone shared this quote with me when I lived in England, and it's one of my favorites. We had an amazing garden in our UK house, thanks to the owner and his very green thumb.
We spent a lot of time in that garden as a family, and I spent a lot of time out there on my own too.
Do you know the old hymn called In the Garden? Well this was mine.
I dreamed a lot of dreams here, set goals here, made plans, prayed, evaluated decisions made and opportunities that came our way here, and in the process I learned so much about myself and about God's plan for my life.
Yes the flowers grew...fish and trees and teenage girls too.
But most of all, I grew.
And I think that's the meaning at the heart of this quote, and why I love it so.
3. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about God?
Oh how He loves you and me.
My Rock, my Redeemer, my Refuge.
4. If we were chatting in person, how would I know if you were nervous?
I would very likely talk incessantly.
5. Do you like the color yellow? Would I find any in your home or wardrobe? Daffodils, tulips, roses, sunflowers, day lily, black eyed susan...which yellow bloom on this list is your favorite?
I love the color yellow, but more in nature than in my house. I don't have any big swaths of yellow in my home, and I dont' think I wear a whole lot of yellow either. But give me sunshine in a bright blue cloudless sky, a field of daffodils, a bouquet of yellow roses, a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade, and I'm a happy camper.
Tough call on which yellow bloom is my favorite, but of the flowers listed I'm going with the daffodil. Nothing says spring like a field full of daffs!
6. Flip flops or bare feet?
I love bare feet, but try to make myself wear flip flops in the yard. Copperheads and all that jazz...
7. Tell us about any Easter plans, celebrations, or traditions you'll carry out this month.
I'm taking a fun little spring break trip next week with my teacher daughter2 and we don't get back to South Carolina until late Saturday night. I still give my girls (and son-in-law) baskets, but right now I'm struggling with how jet lag will impact my need to have that traditional Easter meal at home? Still working on a plan, and hubs says lets have dinner out, but I'm not ready to say yes just yet. If I can swing it, I'd prefer to eat here.
Regardless, we'll attend church, sing all my favorite songs declaring He's Alive! and will feel grateful for the gift of the cross.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I absolutely love this song by Natalie Grant, perfect to share here as we head into Easter week...
"Look what mercy's overcome, death has lost and love has won..."