{3Js} Water Kids

The first pool day at Grandma’s this summer was a blast!

Jordan and Jacob cleaned the pool with Grandma and filled it up. The water was so cold!3Js pool candace rose 1When Jacob woke up from his nap he was delighted to see the pool full and the slid pulled over. When he slid down the first time…

He.

Was.

Not.

Impressed.

The water was COLD!

The three boys asked to turn the hot water on for the pool. ha!3Js pool candace rose 2 AJ garden candace rose

Before You Die

Dear Cyclamen,

Welcome to my house. You are beautiful. So unique. It exciting to have a non-green plant here. I have a spot all picked out for you. I took a picture to remember your unique beauty. The website I looked you up on says you are easy to care for.

But I want to warn you…I kill plants. No matter how I try, I can’t keep them alive. You are going to die a slow, painful, probably sudden death. I will either water you too much or too little.

I hope you prove me wrong and thrive here. I hope to see you live a long life.

Only time will tell.

cyclamen candace roseSincerely, Me

Not Looked For

A few months ago, these verses were read at church. They captured my imagination and I have been rolling them around in my head for a while. What awesome things from God do I miss each day because I am not looking for Him?

Isaiah 64v1-5

Isaiah 64:1-5

Oh that you would tear the heavens,
    that you would come down,
    that the mountains might quake at your presence.
As when fire kindles the brushwood,
    and the fire causes the water to boil;
Make your name known to your adversaries,
    that the nations may tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things which we didn’t look for,
    you came down, and the mountains quaked at your presence.
For from of old men have not heard,
    nor perceived by the ear,
    nor has the eye seen a God besides you,
    who works for him who waits for him.
You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
    those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned.
    We have been in sin for a long time.
    Shall we be saved?

{Springbrook} A Decade

I’ve grown up walking the trails at Springbook Nature Center. It’s always fun to go back through the pictures and see how it has changed over the years.

Sadly, a few years ago, my backup hard drive crashed and I lost 15 years of digital files, and only one only picture of Springbrook was on my computer. I was looking through my pictures earlier this year and realized it had been 10 years since I took that one saved picture!

I waited and waited, and went back to Springbrook exactly 10 years after and took a picture in the same spot to compare.Springbrook 2005-2015

Surprise

Last year when this tree blossomed in our back yard, the blossoms lasted less than a week and the leaves withered up soon after.

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This year we didn’t expect anything. One day the leaves started poking out. The next week buds had formed and soon after we had blossoms all over.

What rejoicing!

cherry_blossom_blue_sky_candace_rose The storms and wind brought down the blossoms quickly this year, but the leaves are still there!cherry_blossom_candace_rose

Happy Fourth of July! I pray you have a blessed and safe celebrations.