No, this isn’t going to be about gardening. It’s not about flowers or springtime. But since we are in the season of “Spring”, this seemed a good time to bring this up. Spring is about renewal, the snow melting, the sun shining, flowers blooming, green grass and song birds returning with their chipper trills. There is also, within each of us a renewal & for everyone it’s different. Some welcome the opportunity to get outside without the worry of the cold or having to shovel and some look forward to the thrill of getting their hands in dirt and preparing their various gardens. For many others, it’s a time for a fresh start, a renewal of the heart, the soul, their outlook on life. Whatever type of person you are, SPRING brings a time to BLOOM and that is what this is about!
I’ve always loved this saying! I love to garden, so the idea of blooms being scattered everywhere was an appealing thought. The reality of this saying isn’t about actual ‘blooms’, but rather, about our personality, character, & attitude and their effect on those around us. “Bloom” means producing something beautiful. So, the first word—bloom—is a directive, something you do. Often we have the attitude that we’d be better, if only our circumstances were different. (A different job, a better house, a more-understanding mate, better behaved children, enough money, better health—just better our circumstances & solve our problems, & then we can bloom. “Put me in better soil and then I’ll bloom!” Life isn’t always that simple and placing conditions isn’t always helpful. Sometimes we are placed in situations that may be less than ideal, generally for a purpose. You could be the ‘one’ to change the atmosphere with a happy, positive outlook/attitude & bring sunshine to a previously negative/dreary existence.
I hope you “Bloom Where You Are Planted” and that those around you are also encouraged to follow your example. For in doing so, love and kindness will take ‘root’.
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day, after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53).
Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way
to renew daily hope for victory over sin.
We don’t know exactly when, but the Easter Bunny is first mentioned in German writings from the 1600’s. The Germans converted the rabbit image into ‘Oschter Haws’, a rabbit that was believed to lay a nest of colored eggs as gifts for good children. As Christianity spread, it was common for missionaries to practice good salesmanship by placing pagan ideas and rituals within the context of the Christian faith and turning pagan festivals into Christian holidays (e.g. Christmas). The ‘Eostre Festival’ occurred around the same time as the Christians’ celebration of Christ’s resurrection, so the two celebrations became one, and with the kind of blending that was going on among the cultures, it would seem only natural that the pagans would bring the hare and egg images with them into their new faith (the hare later became the more common rabbit).
Regardless how you celebrate Easter,
I sincerely wish you God’s Blessings
& a very Happy Easter!!
I came across this poem recently, it really has nothing to do with “Easter”, but if you celebrate Easter as a ‘blessing’, then I hope you see this poem as I do.
What a very different place this world would be if we practiced this each day.
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on our lives & acknowledge what we’ve been blessed with. What are YOU thankful for??? I’m thankful for :
Of course I am thankful for many more things than are pictured above. I’m grateful for my freedom, for the medical profession, my neighbors (some of the time) :-), our armed services, and I guess this list could go on and on. What we need to recognize is that the things & people in our lives and our experiences are what make us who we are. There is more to us than just ‘ourselves’, it truly is NOT all about us, but rather all that has contributed to our lives, molding us into who we are. Those are the things we need to be thankful for. Those are our blessings – Be Thankful in ALL Things! I wish YOU the most blessed Thanksgiving!
Left to Right – Top to Bottom: Deviled Egg, Paper Doll, Nerd Minnie Mouse, Fork in the Road, Mary Poppins Rosie the Riveter, Oh Deer / Holy Cow, “Ceiling” Fan.
SAFETY FIRST – ESPECIALLY ON HALLOWEEN
Uncanny costumes, eerie amounts of sugar and an entire spooky neighborhood full of trick-or-treating potential — Halloween is the best day of the year to be a kid. But it also means being on high alert as a parent. If you are driving – SLOW DOWN!!! Children are TWICE as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
If your older children are going alone, plan & review a route acceptable to you
Agree on a specific time children should return home
Teach your children to NEVER enter a stranger’s home or car
Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
Wishing you all a wonderful 2017 filled with family, friends, health, prosperity, success, and more love & happiness than you know what to do with.
With 2016 over and done with, we found it was another year to learn from our mistakes, survive the pain of losing loved ones, & celebrate new births. Collectively this is called: LIFE. Above all of the wonderful things (mentioned above), I wish you MORE life. Life which shapes us, validates us & makes us who we are with each passing day, week, month and year. I also wish for you:
grace, temperance, faith & love to survive ….LIFE.