In Monday’s post (The Drunk Drawer – It’s Genius), you saw only a little corner of the kitchen in the small country home we visited with my parents. It’s a perfect example of how sometimes our home may not be grand, but there are always gems in the mix that you can truly l-o-v-e to live in.
You must know…always on my mind are ways I can help you to see “creating the home you love to live in” as a process, as nothing to do with your bank account, and as totally your place of refuge – something that comforts you and your family. No one else matters. Truly.
It’s not about what your neighbors have…the size of their house…what they have that you wish you had. It’s about finding contentment with all that God has given you, taking time each day to reflect on those blessings…and be thankful.
As we went around the side of the house, this is what greeted us.
And even more. Pretty purple and white flowers with a baby Magnolia tree! You don’t see many Magnolias this size, but how often do we get to see a new one?
No one in our group knew the name of the white bush beyond. I took a close-up because I loved the way the white fringe danced in the wind.
I looked it up in my Southern Living Garden Book and discovered it’s called a fringe tree (Chionanthus). You probably already knew that. (The fringe-y blooms should have been a clue, right? Ha!)
Across the back yard and down toward a pond, I saw something I’d never seen for real before – only in pictures. Cyprus knees.
As PAM (Painter Artist Mom) and I lagged behind around the pond, I caught sight of something else I’ve never seen before – HH walking with HBD (Handy Builder Dad) pond-side and talking about something serious. Seriously!
The weather was a little cool and breezy, but it was very peaceful and so…nice.
The natural beauty of it all was truly a perfect scene. Water rippling in the breeze….
Can you feel the serenity?
So many Cypress trees in one pond!
I could have stayed there at the pond all day – slide the boat in the water and climb in. Sit. Float. Ponder.
Hey, is that how the term pondering started?
I didn’t want to leave, although we had more on our agenda. Another vision of that pretty fringe tree was a wonderful parting gift.
Thank you for walking alongside us, PAM and I, as we strolled around the pond.
At home again this week, I had a nice surprise. One day, there were two.
And the next, there were more. Peony blooms galore!
Do you enjoy seeing the layering of a flower bud? Or, am I the only one?
The following day, those layers burst open with happiness!
Amazing, isn’t it?
Do you have a quiet pond nearby? Do you get to enjoy it often?