I'm so sorry dear friends... I didn't mean to leave you hanging for the past month or so but time slipped away from me, as spring descended upon our world, and it has been a glorious time!
We also took a quick trip to Texas to be with our families, especially to see my husband's mother who had been in a nursing home and unable to leave for the past year. Texas lifted restrictions for nursing homes, and we were able to visit her and take her out for little day trips. It was so wonderful to be able to do this, after such a long hard year that she went through!
|Enjoyed short and sweet moments together! Nothing like sister time!|
|A favorite treat in Texas is eating at Whataburger...|
|We stopped at the Strawberry Farm in Marble Falls and enjoyed about an hour there picking strawberries, enjoying the beautiful flowers and sunshine.|
|We picked these strawberries in a matter of minutes! They were SOO good too! Nothing like fresh home-grown strawberries! We took some to Dan's mom, and the rest my Mom made into strawberry jam :)|
|Bluebonnets! We saw these along the roadside as we traveled to see Dan's mom.|
|Our first time to see Dan's Mom after she had been in the nursing home and not able to |
leave for over a year.
|We took her out for a drive, and stopped at the city park and we |
were delighted to see the goslings out with their parents.
|Her joy at being out and about with us!|
|We enjoyed scenic views of the magnificent Texas bluebonnets!|
|Gorgeous, aren't they!|
|Dan and his mom :)|
|We enjoyed lunch at Cooper's BBQ.|
|Beautiful roses in bloom.|
|Closeups of the bountiful bluebonnet|
|On our drive, we saw this old tractor parked behind the old cedar fence.|
|An artist painting his rendition of the beautiful scene|
|A beautiful scene in every direction!|
|Back at home, spring had arrived! |
These beautiful wild trout lilies are the first signs of spring in our woods.
|These lilies face downwards, so I caught a different perspective of this lily |
with the forest in the background.
|Daffodils in bloom!|
|Hyacinths blooming in the garden|
|Some beautiful blooms in front of a local business.|
|My neighbor had a brick planter put in just so she could grow tulips. Around here, the gophers/ground squirrels eat every tulip bulb in the ground. I love her choice of tulips!|
Our dear Mister Simba will never be forgotten, I will remember and cherish his love and antics always. Losing a pet is never easy. In time, I want to get another cat, but for right now, because we have an ongoing situation with a coyote that has become a predator of domestic animals, I am going to wait.
Today I went to help a friend clean her daughter's home, as her daughter has cancer, and has been in a cancer center treatment for the last several weeks. She has no immune system because of the treatments. She is coming home, and needs to have her living quarters cleaned and free of anything that would inhibit her immune system. As I worked with my dear friend, we talked about many things. My friend is a precious prayer warrior and as we finished cleaning, we prayed together. It was a really sweet time.
I know that we all have our private struggles, and difficult things to face, and some face giants in their lives. It always makes me thankful that no matter what our struggle, sorrow, or situation may be... if we turn it over to the Lord, the situation changes, and we can look at it with a different perspective. As I was preparing to leave, my friend and I both felt encouraged, and I reminded her of the scripture that says "He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think." Her face lit up, and I know in my heart that the Lord is with her in this situation and all will be well.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Isn't it wonderful to walk with the Lord, and to know that no matter what situations we face in life, we have a hope in Him that reaches beyond the darkness and despair of this world, and it turns the sorrow we face here on earth, into a joy that cannot compare!
If you don't have this hope in Christ, this peace that passes understanding, this joy that turns sorrow into something beautiful, I pray for you today, that the hope our Lord Jesus Christ brought into this world will transform your life in a powerful way.
Another scripture comes to mind as I write this:
because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,