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Gardening

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These fine May Days find me gardening. Violas and pansies are always the earliest annuals planted here at Harmony Hills.  They do not mind a bit of frost and even thrive in cooler temperatures. They have the sweetest faces and come in so many varieties.  Mr. Bunny was happy to take his place once again among these beauties. As warmer weather arrives more time is spent outdoors weeding, digging and planting.  There is always garden chores to be done. So for now friends I am off to the garden. Have a lovely week. Hugs Debbie    "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Gen.2:15 (NIV)

"My Mother's Prayers Have Followed Me"

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There Is an old hymn that comes to mind today..."My Mother's Prayers Have Followed Me". My beloved Mom was a woman of prayer and I know she prayed for me throughout her life. Today I am so grateful for all those prayers. Hope you will enjoy hearing this song. God Bless! "...and do not forsake your mother's teaching."  Prov. 1:8b (NIV)    

Gone

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April is gone and May has returned.  I confess friends this is one of my  favorite months.  Yes the bluebells and the daffodils have faded but there are some lovely tulips stepping up to take their place. The dogwood are giving us a lovely show... azaleas too. In the midst of  all this beauty I have begun to paint again. Seeing the spring flowers blooming gave me back the desire to pick up my brushes. Sometimes there are certain seasons that inspire more than others - perhaps this one is mine. So even though April is gone let us welcome May. Have a lovely week dear ones. Hugs! Debbie "I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit."  Lev.26:4 (NIV)

Cheer

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There are certain moments that bring us cheer. When I spotted this visitor yesterday I had to smile. Is it any wonder the bird feeders are empty so quickly? He knew he was caught but that didn't seem to phase him.  Breakfast was over and it was time for lunch. For sure he will be back for dinner. Hope he brought you a little cheer.  Have a happy week. Hugs! Debbie "An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up."  Prov. 12:25 (NIV)

Daffodil Tour

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For many years our county would sponsor a daffodil tour during the month of April.  Folks would meet at a designated place and pick up a map.  They then were able to travel at their own pace along scenic country roads. There were historical places to stop and visit... spots of fun activities for old and young...as well as refreshments being served.  It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon .   Unfortunately it was one of those annual events that came and went ... not sure why, but I miss it. Today I am sharing a little daffodil tour of mine for all those of you who love these spring flowers. Over the years there have been so many new varieties offered.  The pink cups are one of my favorites. Love these frilly centers... and this orange one really catches attention... and are not these wee white ones sweet?    As you can see the daffodils are one of those flowers that is easy to grow and never disappoints.  Once they are planted in the fall spring blooms are almost guaranteed.  I

My Father's World

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 In April when the Peach tree begins to bloom... The Daffodils blossom... and the Blue Jay stops to visit I am reminded of that lovely hymn - "This is My Father's World. Amy Grant does a lovely rendition of this song. Hope you enjoy. Have a lovely week dear friends. Hugs Debbie "Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.  Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever."  Psalm 111:2-3 (NIV)

Spring Arrived

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 This week spring arrived.  Abundant sunshine, warmer days and glorious blooms testify this lovely season has come for her annual visit.   In the midst of life's happenings she appeared. It was as if I went to sleep one night and awoke to find the daffodils in full flower shaking their heads and tossing off winter's chill. How appropriate was her timing as we begin Holy Week. I will leave you with one final picture that I captured one early morning as I was "looking up".   It gave me hope and may it do likewise for all of you.   "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16 (NIV) Have a blessed week and all who are celebrating- a wonderful Easter.  Will be back in two weeks - God willing! Hugs Debbie

Renewal

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Spring to me signals renewal. After a long winter I am more than ready to be renewed. Even though the trees have not yet dawned their green garb...it will not be long until they will be showing off their leafy finery. The pussy willows are not shy.  They are coming out in full swing to greet the season of spring.  Yes renewal is on its way. Have a great week. Hugs Debbie "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Seeing Signs

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Finally we are seeing signs of spring. The crocus are beginning to bloom...   This one lone snowdrop is working its way up through the remaining fallen leaves. The violas that hubby brought to me last spring are coming out of their long winter's sleep. Yes friends I am seeing signs of spring. May all of you who have experienced ice and snow and zero temps be seeing those signs as well. Have a blessed week.   Debbie "Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." Song of Songs 2:12 (NIV)

March Happenings

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Sharing some March happenings in my part of the world. We are seeing blue skies with sunshine after a long dark winter. Black-capped chickadees  regularly show up for lunch.  Also sparrows gather waiting to get their fair share. Even this flock of wild turkeys made a quick visit. On another subject this month's bookshelf has two books I am reading.  Both authors are new to me.  Will give an update when finished. Have finally returned to the studio to do some sketching and painting.  It has been a while.  Thinking spring's arrival will help bring some needed inspiration.  Well friends this is some of March's happenings at Harmony Hills. Hope you will share what is keeping you busy this month. Hugs! Debbie "I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine."  Psalm 50:11 (NIV)

Journals & Love Letters

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 In sorting and cleaning out my Mom's home my brother and I discovered these two journals and love letters.  The journals span the years of 1984 through 1992.  Mom began the first one two months after her mother - my grandma had passed away.  She wrote about how much she missed her.  They had always been very close and the loss left a huge hole in her life.   Some entries were brief describing the weather and the happenings in the family.  Friendships and gatherings filled many of the pages.   Travels and various adventures were described in detail. The love letters were much older.  They were kept in a bottom drawer of Mom's vanity.  They had been written by two young people who were very much in love.  Those two were my parents.  Dad was in the Navy at the time and Mom in high school.   Of all the treasures that were collected and saved during my Mother's life I believe my brother and I found the very best. If anyone questions keeping journals or special notes; you are le

"Choose Joy"

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There are certain times that a book appears to be written for one's circumstances.  "Choose Joy" by Kay Warren is one of those special books.  Some of you may be familiar with her spouse Rick Warren who wrote the "Purpose Driven Life".  It was a very popular book several years ago. Sadly Kay's book was written about a year before her son tragically committed suicide in 2013.  It was repackaged  in 2020.   She addresses the fact that happiness is often  based on what is happening in our lives but joy is something we choose even in the midst of tragic or sad happenings.  I found her transparency and honesty refreshing.  One of the major thoughts that I took away from "Choose Joy" is that sorrow and joy are like railroad tracks.   They run along side each other ...it is possible to be joyful even when sorrow or sad moments happen. This book I highly recommend for anyone who has struggled with challenging times and been depressed. To all my dear friend

New Home

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 On January 29th my dear mom moved to her new home in heaven. Even though there is sorrow, there is joy as well.  She lived a life of faith and love for her Lord, her family and her friends until the very end.  I miss her now but someday we will be together again. Thank you all for understanding why I have not posted sooner. God Bless Debbie "However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."  1 Cor: 2:9    

Stillness

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 In the stillness I hear Him whisper, "I am near... do not fear... I love you and I care." Hope you hear Him in the stillness too. Have a blessed week. Hugs! Debbie "After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper."  1 Kings 19:12 (NIV)

Word for 2021

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My word for 2021 is "Believe".   I recently wrote a post about believing.  As the month of January unfolded this word kept showing up in various ways.  Once again the word chose me instead of me choosing the word. To go along with this post I have chosen an old song "I Believe for Every Drop of Rain that Falls" - Hope you will enjoy it.  No one can do it better than Elvis! Hugs Debbie "Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."  John 20:29 (NIV)

2021 & January Pastimes

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Happy 2021 friends.  I hope that all of you have had a good start to the New Year.  Thought I would share a few of my January pastimes. This book by Dr. David Jeremiah looked like a great book to begin the coming year.  I have already read several pages and find it to be very uplifting and inspiring. Have been doing a bit of drawing and painting the past few days.  It is good to once again find some time to pursue some creative endeavors. Speaking of time I found myself working on this 1000 piece Nancy Drew puzzle.  My brother selected this Christmas present for me. (He always knows what I love!)  This gift brings back many wonderful memories of growing up.  Carolyn Keene's " Nancy Drew" mystery books were a favorite series of mine.  I am sure at one time or another have read most of these titles.  It is a great way to spend a quiet January day. Perhaps you will share a few of your January pastimes with me.   Would love to read what each of you are doing as your 2021 unfo