I picked this post because I love the ocean and haven't been in a while. I the hubs and I need to take a little road trip.
I love living in the Pacific Northwest. I adore our little valley. I like how we are just a couple of hours from the ocean...wouldn't want to live there for the simple fact that it is so windy and chilly. In the Umpqua Valley the temps are more temperate and we don't have a lot of wind. BUT...I do love the ocean.
The vastness of the ocean is awesome. It helps me put things in perspective...how big the world really is...and how small life is.
It can be calm, but never still...or...
rough and angry...
The lighthouses are wonderful to see...and remind me of my lighthouse...my beacon of light in the dark, stormy times...Jesus my Saviour.
Around here the flowers are starting to bloom, the trees are flowering, and it i raining. When I go out to Growing Crazy Farm to do my baking for Little Wellspring, I can smell all the fruit tree blossoms...and boy do they smell good. It is also great to see the veggies being planted and coming up. I can hardly wait for the CSA to get going.
Saturday was the first day of the Umpqua Valley Farmer's Market. There was quite a bit of produce available. I heard at least one of my favorite farmers sold out. That is great to hear. We are enjoying the produce, which is beets, kale, parsnips, etc.
In my yard my rhubarb is going crazy. I have one plant that is ready to pick.
I also bought some plants for transplanting. I plan on redoing my stump planter and a few others this year. I will post pictures when I get them done.
Other than that not much has been going on in my life, just work and then home. I'm hoping to get some new pictures taken and maybe do something interesting or fun or...I don't know, more than work and sleep in my recliner. Something I can post about that doesn't put you to sleep. Until then...
Another repost from a couple years back. I have been thinking about this one for a while now. At my church, where I work in the daycare/preschool, there is a little creek that runs through the property. It is well maintained and always reminds me of this with all its little nooks and crannys. I love how nature always brings my Savior to my mind.
He Hideth My Soul
A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me; He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, Where rivers of pleasure I see.
Refrain: He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life in the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand, And covers me there with His hand.
A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away, He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day.
With numberless blessings each moment He crowns, And filled with His fullness divine, I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God! For such a Redeemer as mine.
When clothed with His brightness transported I rise To meet Him in clouds of the sky, His perfect salvation, His wonderful love, I’ll shout with the millions on high.
This is one of my favorite posts because I love my neighborhood. So, since these same flowers are starting to bloom, I thought I would share them with you...
An Afternoon Walk
As my dear husband and I went walking today I decided to take my camera along a take a few pictures of the lovely trees and flowers that are blooming.
The magnolias are just starting to open. These are one of my favorite flowering trees.
The Dogwoods are flowering all over town and it makes a lovely sight to see the varying shades of pink and the white.
This is a sweet little bush with a dark pink flower.
A Camellia. Another one of my favorites.
My Peonys just starting to poke out of the ground.
A flower bud on my Clematis. This will be a large white flower when it blooms.
My rhubarb, just about ready to pick.
My Voodoo Lily's getting a good start. They should bloom the first part of June.
It is so nice to walk through such a beautiful neighborhood and see God's creation. He has created so many beautiful and interesting plants like the Voodoo Lily. It starts looking like the picture above and ends up like the next picture.
I love it when this blooms, at least to look at. The smell is horrific. It smells like something crawled in the garden and died, but I would not get rid of it for anything.
I hope you are all enjoying your days as spring draws ever closer.