Tuesday, June 11, 2013


This is our first Spring/Summer here in CNY. When we moved in last August the landscape was green and blooming, so I was pretty sure I knew what to expect this year. We live in a nice little neighborhood, with an active HOA, close to the village and not far from highways that will take you anywhere. But when you're sitting in my backyard, it feels like you're tucked much farther from any neighbors thanks to trees and shrubs lining the property. A family of deer live back in those trees & shrubs, so we have to plant with their appetites in mind. (Read: I've got enough mouths to feed with our grocery budget.)
I drove around this Spring admiring the peony plants all over town; jealous of those driveways-lined and flower beds boasting the paper-like flowers. They're everywhere! Isn't that the way it goes when you want something? It seems like everyone has it.

Honestly, the weather this year has been a bummer. We are all disappointed in the rainy, overcast skies and how they dampen our plans and moods. If I let myself, I start counting the many beautiful and entertaining attributes of our former hometown in VA. In no time, I've spiraled into hating where I live and myself for leaving such a lovely place.

One afternoon recently I had to get a hold of myself. I have got to appreciate what I love about here and now. I've struggled toward the elusive bloom where you're planted challenges for as long as I can remember. So I began a mental list of good, unique to this area, and this time of life characteristics on which I can focus. By the time I started down the hill to my house, I had many things to be thankful for and to keep my mind off of what I used to have that I miss. 

And then I pulled in my driveway.
In the distance: bright fuchsia, baby pink, and white paper flowers!
They hadn't been there before.
Or had they?
How could I miss them?
Up close, right in my own front yard was at least 10 peony plants!  
So many heavy blooms had already weighed them down into what looked like piles of the prettiest flower!
And once I started looking, I found more.
Right in my backyard.
Because I was looking.

"For the Lord is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. 
The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right."
 Psalm 84:11 (NLT)
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