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A Stroll in the Garden

“Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heartthrob.” —Leroy Brownlow

Tulip

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Tulip

“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” —Laura Stavoe Harm

Fritillaria Persica

“My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her. ” —Jodi Picoult

Tulip

“The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” —James E. Faust

Tulip

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” —Elder M. Russell Ballard

Daffodil

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” —Maya Angelou

Grape Hyacinth

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” —Gilda Radner

Grape Hyacinth

“The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room.” —Henry Ward Beecher

Lungwort/Pulmonaria

“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” —Lance Conrad

Lungwort/Pulmonaria

“Mothers can look through a child’s eyes and see tomorrow.” —Reed Markham

Phlox

“My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” —Michael Jordan

Bleeding Heart/Dicentra

“Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne.” —Mabel Hale

Crown Imperial

“No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” —Edwin Chapin

Dead Nettles/Lamium

Stay healthy.

Stay safe.

Keep smiling.

See the world around you!

A Stroll in the Garden

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the now the primary focus of your life. -Eckhart Tolle

Iris

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Iris

I believe that in life, you have to give things your best shot, do your best. You have to focus on what needs to be done, do the right thing, not the popular thing. -David Cameron

Euphorbia

Every day is a gift from God. Learn to focus on the Giver and enjoy the gift! -Joyce Meyer

Lamium (Dead Nettle)

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. -Greg Anderson

Phlox

The focus is what is right before you – to give it your best. It sows the seeds of tomorrow. -Kiran Bedi

Veronica Perry

Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go. -Peter McWilliams

Veronica Perry

If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Iris

Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.
― Leo Babauta

Iris

Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have!
― Jeff Dixon

African Daisy

Always focus on the front windshield and not the rear view mirror. ― Colin Powell

African Daisy

I didn’t pay attention to times or distance, instead focusing on how it felt just to be in motion, knowing it wasn’t about the finish line but how I got there that mattered. ― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

African Daisy

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

See the world around you!

A Stroll in the Garden

Butterflies are nature’s angels.
They remind us what a gift it is to be alive.
-Robyn Nola

Phlox

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Butterflies can’t see their wings.
They can’t see how truly beautiful they are,
but everyone else can.
People are like that as well.
-Unknown

Phlox

How does one become a butterfly?
You have to want to learn to fly so much that you
Are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
-Unknown

Phlox

Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.
-Unknown

Phlox

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
-Jeffrey Glassberg

 

Hubby and I depend upon a gravity spring for our water.  This year the spring was not enough for the house and the gardens.  So we decided that it was time to put in a well.

We’ve waited.

And waited.

Finally, this week, this happened:

Home Sweet Home -Drilling

There is a stake showing where to drill.  Meanwhile, the excavation had to happen in order to bring in the drilling equipment (not so easy when one lives on the side of a mountain).

Looking down to our driveway (lost one pear, and one apple tree to the excavation):

Home Sweet Home -Drilling

Home Sweet Home -Drilling

Here is a photo from Sept. 15, 2011 :

Home Sweet Home...Looking Towards the Mouth of the Kettle River Emptying into the Columbia River

And April 18, 2015:

Home Sweet Home

And this week:

Home Sweet Home

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

A Stroll in the Garden

“Grace, like water flows to the lowest part.” – Philip Yancey

Gooseneck Loosestrife

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 “Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.” – Dwight Lyman Moody

Rose

 “Grace is the very opposite of merit… Grace is not only undeserved favor, but it is favor, shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite.” – Harry Ironside

Geum

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” – Aristotle

Zucchini

“Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Phlox

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. -Victor Hugo

Hosta

For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile. -Elie Wiesel

Purple Coneflower

Grace is not part of consciousness; it is the amount of light in our souls, not knowledge nor reason. -Pope Francis

Phlox

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. -Denis Waitley

Phlox

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. -William Hazlitt

Sea Holly

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. -Anne Lamott

Sea Holly

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner. -Charles Caleb Colton

Liatris/Gayfeather

Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring. -Marlene Dietrich

Liatris/Gayfeather

“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.” – John Newton

Black Cohosh

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

A Stroll in the Garden

 

Ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results. -David A. Bednar

Phlox

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Lily

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. -Samuel Johnson

Lily

For dreams to come true, it requires diligence. Believing is the most important thing! -Yunho

Lily

“The natural consequence of diligence and persistence is competence and success.” ― Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty ‘n’ Worthy African Proverbs – Volume 1

Lily

Diligence overcomes difficulties; sloth makes them. -Benjamin Franklin

Lily

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. -Arnold Palmer

Lily

Diligence is not easy, but we can’t reach our goals without it. -Henry Cloud

Thyme

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. -Abigail Adams

Thyme

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. -Confucius

Lavender

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better. -John Carmack

Sea Holly

Stay healthy!  Stay safe!