|Daffodils still blooming-- 4/3/20; They don't know there's a wicked Virus out there!!!!|
As I write this, I am experiencing a very different Easter Sunday from most years. There was no church services and no family dinners. However, George and I (although here alone at home) were fine today. We had our own Easter Devotions; we watched a service by Rev. Franklin Graham with music by Michael W. Smith; and I spent most of my day listening to Easter Hymns (courtesy of You Tube) as I re-lived many memories of days-gone-by.
I especially enjoyed my two favorite Easter Hymns/Videos: "Hail Thee Festival Day" and "Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today". I even shared one of these videos on Facebook on Easter Sunday. BUT--I also listened to more beautiful hymns/music. When my mother's favorite hymn ("In the Garden") started playing, I had to shed some tears just thinking about how much I miss her (and Dad)...
BUT--through all of this today, I know now that my Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, brings me so much HOPE... Even in this time of trouble in our country and world, I KNOW that I have Christ is with me and that all of us, through HOPE, will come out of this pain and hurt, and will be stronger and have a better future ahead for us... God Bless us all!!!
Here are some pictures of our April so far!!!!! Hope you enjoy them!!!
|A beautiful Pink Tulip in our yard, 4/3/20 (We are usually at Biltmore this week checking out the Tulips and Azaleas. Glad we have some to enjoy at home!)|
|We have two beautiful Red Bud trees in our yard... This is a close-up of one of them, taken on 4/3/20.|
|Our new Bird Kitchen, 4/5/20; We moved our feeders to the backyard since they have made such a mess on the deck --including some wood damage, thanks to the Woodpeckers!!|
|More EXCITEMENT: We are getting some leaves on our big trees.... Yeah!!!!! (4/9/20)|
|On a beautiful evening in the Glade, these little does are getting a little rest!!!!! (4/5/20)|
|The Hosta is growing!!!! (4/9/20)|
|Our Pink Dogwood tree is blooming and SO pretty!!! (4/9/20)|
|Our FIRST IRIS, named BLATANT (of many to come) bloomed on 4/9/20. I love these colors, don't you?|
|Pretty Pink AZALEAS in bloom in our backyard (4/10/20)|
|Our Beautiful Front Yard with the Pink Dogwood showing off for us!!! (4/9/20)|
|This last picture is a close-up of one of our Pink Dogwood Blooms (4/9/10). I put this picture on Facebook today (Easter Sunday) wishing all of my family and friends a Happy Easter...|
April is usually a 'travel' month for us whether they are long trips or just day trips... April in the Smokies is a gorgeous month---new spring growth and flowers, little bear cubs running around, and fewer people around (between the March Spring breaks and Summer rush). I will never take all of this for granted again!
I'll close with a question for you today: "What have you MISSED the MOST during this Quarantine time?" You will probably think that I would say that I miss our travels the most... WELL--that is a close second ---but most of all I miss my FAMILY. I cannot wait to see them again, hug them --and tell them all how much I love them and have missed them!!!!
Have a great week, and search for that HOPE for all of us. Hope is all around us --if we just LOOK.... It's in the flowers, the sky, the sunrises/sunsets, and even while watching the little birds making nests and feeding their young.... God's blessings on YOU.