Welcome Summer!

It’s a quiet and balmy weekend here in northern Virginia, and it feels like summer is settling in. As promised in an earlier post, here are a few photos of our garden.

Once the rain moved out, our peonies burst into bloom and our veggie plants took off.  It is a work in progress, but it’s looking good so far. My husband is a gifted gardener, so I cannot take credit for anything that is green and growing.

Today, along with BBQ ribs, we enjoyed a salad that included fresh-picked Romaine lettuce and radishes from our garden. My mom and brother came for a visit and we watched some old home movies together. Life is good. Family time is so precious. And I am reminded that freedom is never free.

What a blessing and a privilege it is, sharing this Memorial Day with family and friends. I will never take for granted the freedoms I enjoy and the sacrifices that were made by so many brave men and women in uniform.

Enjoy your holiday, and may God continue to bless and protect our troops. 🇺🇸

 

Soaking Up the Son

Today I gave gratitude for the first full day of sunshine in a week. It was glorious waking up this morning and seeing those golden rays!

Although I had a full day of indoor activities planned and didn’t have much time to sit in the sun, I was grateful nonetheless. After a solid week of soaking rain, the sun’s warmth brightened every room and lifted the gloominess I had been feeling. I heard so many birds singing and I watched from our kitchen window as the spring’s first fledgling sparrows tested out their wings and visited our feeders. They are so much fun to watch! Our peonies are responding as well, no longer drenched and drooping over onto our patio. They are going to burst into full bloom this week. I will be sure to take some photos to share.

Also on this day, the Day of Pentecost, I gave gratitude for the Son of God — for Jesus Christ who promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to all who follow him. No amount of rain can diminish its divine light or keep it from filling our hearts. It is a gift of freedom, redemption and salvation, and it can never be taken away.

I am so grateful today for the sun — and the Son — which lift away the fog and clouds in life, bathing us in warmth and light, and filling us with fresh hope for each new day. What a blessing!