Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring - a time of renewal and reflection


This was first written in longhand, in a notebook, in our recently finished screened room off the back of our little cottage, while sipping a cup of coffee this morning. Birds were chirping. Spring is most definitely in the air.

Sunlight was hitting the tops of trees, clouds were gently drifting in the sky from the west. The temperature was just right. A beautiful morning. A time of reflection and thankfulness.

Sixty-one years ago on the first day of spring, a tiny baby girl was born a month prematurely. She was placed in an incubator and since she weighed under 5 lbs. they kept her in the hospital until she gained weight.

Sixty-one years later this spring baby is very thankful to God the Great Creator and Giver of all life, for her life. Thankful for joys and love, and lessons learned.

She is thankful for the love she and her DH share. He is her best friend. They met on her 17th birthday, and married 3 1/2 years later.

She is thankful for the memories of living in Spain as newlyweds. They traveled around Spain during the 3 years they lived there while her DH was serving his duty in the US Navy. When he was discharged, they traveled 10 countries in Europe by Eu-Rail carrying backpacks, canteens and cameras.

She is thankful for the little cottage they have lived in since coming home from Spain. Thankful for their little compound with a workshop for DH and other outbuildings, and her gardens. The gardens have grown from one to several through the years and working in them gives her much joy.

She was thinking all this as she sat in the cool morning air.

Spring is a time of renewal, new beginnings, joy, color and song.

Every day is also a time of renewal, new beginnings, joy, color and song. Each new day is a gift.

To end this post, this little spring baby, grown into a woman, wishes you all Peace, Joy, Thankfulness and Love. Not just for springtime, but for always.







Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


15 comments:

Linda said...

It sounds like you have much to be thankful for. It's good to remind ourselves of these things. I know I am much more content than I was in my younger years and for that I am grateful. Linda

joey said...

Beautiful birthday wishes!

Kit said...

How lovely! May you enjoy a very special birthday! Love, Kit

sweet bay said...

Happy Birthday! How wonderful that you have been able to experience living and travelling in Europe.

L. D. Burgus said...

Happy Birthday. It is a wonderful reflection that you share with us. It is so great to be able to put it into words what you feel. Even though I am not a sole gardening blog, I appreciate you stopping by once in awhile. You and one other person are my connections to the world of Florida.

Thelma said...

Happy Birthday!
The world is a better place because 61 years ago that little baby lived. I hope you had a wonderful day filled with special memories.

Debbie's Garden said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE a morning with the birds, flowers, sunbeans a cup of coffee and time to reflect. A perfect way to start every day.

Your time in Spain sounds wonderful.

ChrisC said...

What a wonderful post!!! And Happy Birthday!
ChrisC

Floridagirl said...

What a beautiful life story, Flower Lady! How wonderful to share your birthday with the birth of spring!

tina said...

Happy Birthday to you! What a wonderful post. You paint an idyllic picture. And it is so wonderful you and your DH have been married so long. Congrats are definitely in order!

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

What a beautiful love story. Thank you for sharing a bit of it. Have a happy birthday. My DD was born today, and I have been wandering back through the years to that special day too.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Happy Birthday! What a sweet post! And a sweet life...
Rene'

Kimberly said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!!! I'm glad you have shared your story and your thoughts. You have much to be thankful for, and have given us a glimpse of your blessings and joy. What a wonderful post! :)

Sharon Lovejoy said...

and a belated birthday wish for you to always have peace and joy and a house full of love.

Joys!

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

FlowerLady said...

Thank you all for your wonderful birthday wishes. They are really special to me. I'm looking forward to a quiet celebration with DH on my 61st first day of spring.

FlowerLady