You can imagine my pleasure last week when Darling Daughter 1 and I visited a nearby botanical garden. The day was perfect--cloud cover to cool us but no rain. I'm sharing the photos I took and will share Darling Daughter 1's photos later. Her photos are much more professional than mine.
|That's a white swan grooming herself on the lagoon's bank|
"The most important word in the English language is hope." Eleanor Roosevelt.
Wise woman, and I so agree. As a romance writers, I sell hope through my books. Readers know that no matter how hard the obstacles, the hero and heroine will overcome to reach a happily ever after conclusion. Their success inspires readers facing their own obstacles. Reading a story with a foregone conclusion gives the mind a break while the reader enjoys the read.
|Pink poppies with roses |
in the background
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." -Helen Keller
And who better to know that a woman both blind and deaf? If she could succeed, there's hope for each of us!
|Poppies and snapdragons with |
lavender near the hedge
"No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Jeanne Bice
So true. Stop rehashing the "if onlys" and "I should haves" thoughts that drive us nuts. Begin with today. God gives us a brand new begining each morning. Don't waste it.
|A fountain donated by|
friends of the garden
"Spend some time alone every day." the Dailai Lama
This is important. If I'm not comfortable with myself, how can I be comfortable with others? Sometimes we need to be still and think, evaluate, and/or pray--maybe all three.
|Walking trail through the gardens|
Because this is a sacred season to those of us in both the Christian and Jewish religions, I'm sharing my favorite Bible Scripture: "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord...plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Isn't that appropriate for Spring and this religious weekend?
Please return on Monday when my good friend Celia Yeary will pay a visit.