Botanicals + Window = Patio Decor

Remember the list of projects I had brewing about a month ago? I have been checking them off one by one.

No, that's not true!

I have had up to three or more activities going all at the same time. It hasn't been orderly or organized at all.

Does anyone else start one job and get side-tracked into several others at the same time? That is how I work, seldom staying at one task until it's complete, but veering off into multiple other chores that seem to jump out at me as I walk by.

Eventually, this-that-and-the-other does get accomplished but getting there may look scatterbrained. I am sure it is not a professional approach and I am not proud of it, but that is the plain truth on how I tend to operate.

Speaking of veering off-course...this is a post about patio decor and I will now get back onto it!

I found free printable botanicals on a blog I follow ( and loved the black and white simplicity of them. My response was, "I must try these pretty p…

In Heavenly Places

"Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust Him, and He will help you."  Psalm 37:5
There it is again - Trust Him - just like the words I read yesterday. I've been asking and He is answering. I feel like I'm in school again!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart,  do not depend on your own understanding."  Proverbs 3:5

My faults are ever before me yet the Lord picks me up and sets me in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. He tells me to trust Him. His knowledge of me is at a level of intimacy I cannot fathom. He sees my failings yet promises to help. I cannot fully grasp this kind of attention, love, and commitment.

I've been noticing a pattern of seeking God for direction, answers, and wisdom, after which I proceed in the way that seems right and clear and proper, only to come up with negatives and wrong turns and imperfect choices.

Now what? "Do not depend on your own Him."

It seems to be the current lesson plan in thi…

April Ambitions

“Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions.  I'm so glad I have such a lot.  And there never seems to be any end to them...  that's the best of it.  Just as soon as you attain to one ambition  you see another one glittering higher up still.  It does make life so interesting.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

I stepped outside with tape measure in hand to search for just the right piece of wood for a new project when my neighbor lady caught sight of me and asked if I could spare a minute to take a look at her undertaking. She motioned me to follow her to the back of their property, where she is forming a slope around her mailbox and sowing grass seed on it. We discussed whether or not this would effectively keep water out of her garage.

From there, we wandered over to my patio and beyond, exchanging ideas on how to make this or how to fix that, and how pleased we both are with our nesting doves. I am blessed with the best of friendly neighbors!

It's April, that time of year …

Saugatuck Sand Dunes

Upon her first glimpse of sand dunes, Jacquelyn took off running up the slope Delight in every fiber of her being!

The excitement level was rather high for both of us when we finally crested the last hill of our climb up the winding path through the forest and caught a view of this seascape spread out before us. It may be perplexing to some, but a discovery like this can send us into exclamations of delight. It is our very first time to see the dunes!

It's only sand dunes. What is the big deal?

The thrill of a splendid new view  An adventure into unfamiliar lands  The romance of walking in places  We have only read of until now
What can I say? Though it be ever so far away or in the state next door, even right in our own village, Jacki and I find pleasure in the discovery of beauty all around us.

On this morning we were in search of the sand dunes near the cute little lakeside village of Saugatuck, Michigan, less than half an hour from Holland. Getting there took multiple rerouti…

Vacation in Holland, Michigan

Heading North may seem a little strange at this time of year. After all, it's too early for tulips in bloom, flowering trees, swimming in the lakes, or a good chance of balmy climes. But those were not the deciding factors on this mini vacation. It was scheduled around our daughter's Saturday off work. I threw in a birthday celebration for the children as another good reason to go just now, as we are in between their February and April birthdays.

This is our first Airbnb experience, although we have used sites such as HomeAway or VRBO on previous trips. I found a lovely home in Holland, Michigan, and consider the lodgings excellent for location, price, and charm. The welcoming living room (above) greeted us upon arrival and the kitchen exuded a cheery aura the next morning. A sparkling French press created a strong and bold cup of coffee. We were off to a bright start on this first day of adventure.

One problem we did have (which I communicated to the hosts) was less-than-imm…