Sunday, April 18, 2010


Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!  I worked in the yard for hours yesterday, weeding, cleaning up mulch beds, trimming, etc.  Needless to say, the muscles are feeling it, but that's alright.  The Lord couldn't have given a more perfect day for that kind of work...not a cloud in the sky, cool and breezy -- it was glorious!  He and I had a great day together.  Don't you find times like that wonderful for thinking, praying, listening and reflecting?   

I had taken these photos last Saturday, as I knew the tulips wouldn't last much longer.  I have had so much fun with them...from the anticipation of watching for the first one to pop through the soil, to the excitement the day I noticed not one, but 20-something of them!  I began calling them "my babies."  Every day I walked down our sidewalk, or pulled the car into the garage, I'd look at them growing and it never failed to make me smile.  I'd often say, "grow babies, grow!"  My hubby even started saying..."Did you see your babies, today?"  How incredibly beautiful and perfect that they began blooming on Easter Sunday.  I have enjoyed their brilliant color and beauty every day since then. 

Flowers have always fascinated me.  Such a beautiful reward for the hopeful heart who plants a seed and shows some love.  That is to say nothing, of course, of their incredible display of God's creativity.  

April Gifts

Your dawn of sunshine does impart
The warmth of spring upon my heart. 
Forsythia sprays its radiant hue
Against your sky of cloudless blue.
Rows of tulips on the lawn
Sparkle as they stretch and yawn.
And as we mark the moving hours,
Clouds roll in with sudden showers. 
But not with sky too dark to be
Without some hope for all to see
At the very end of day
The sun peek through to leave its rays.
O April day, you seem to know
How to coax the flowers to grow.
Your sun and moisture in good measure
Give another spring to treasure. 

~ Elaine B. Porter
(from Ideals Magazine)


NanaNor's said...

Sunday greetings Tracy, Love the tulips-oh to have flowers already-here in Colorado I'm afraid of planting them too early for fear of another snow. Love the poem as well. Have a glorious day!

Melissa Jo - mjp photography said...

absolutely beautiful Tracy...God is so awesome! God Bless! Mel

Diana said...

Tracy, these are BEAUTIFUL!!!

Barbie said...

I am especially fond of tulips as they were my grandmother's favorite flower. I love all of the different colors God makes them in!

Karen said...

Those are gorgeous!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Just as I would have expected...this type of beauty growing in your flower beds. So exquisitely beautiful...the Master Gardener grows things just for us to enjoy.

Hope your week is a good one my friend.

Yolanda said...


Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Oh sweet friend!!

I guess I'd get a moving on my spring yard work! :-)

Jennifer said...

Your babies are beautiful!! Such a sweet reward:)

covnitkepr1 said...

God's creation...wonderfully captured.
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Susan said...


They were just beautiful!! Enjoyed this.

Hope you are doing well...

Love you♥

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

Tulips don't last very long...but they are a very special gift!

Lea said...

I've been wondering how they turned out! Can't believe I missed this!
GROW BABIES GROW. lololol THEY SURE DID!!! They're all gorgeous but I love those pretty pinks the best! I love how papery tulip petals are.
Hey have you seen FRILLS tulips or Parrot tulips? Check em out... I'm gonna order some this fall and go to Lowes like you said!!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Beautiful indeed! What lovely, simple extravagance we find in a flower... another way that God's paints his world with creativity!


Outsourcing Cagayan de Oro said...

They are beautiful. It's enchanting to look at.