Enchanted May in Michigan

Italian LandscapeDo you ever find yourself pining for someplace you aren’t, Italian Villaor longing to roll in that luscious green grass on the other side of the hedge? Visiting Fam in ItalyIt was a little sad to leave our kids in Italy, Geraniiums in front of Clock Towerespecially knowing that Michael would return in a couple of days
and that both Stephen and Joel were staying on for a couple of weeks more. Italian CountrysideVacation is a lot more pleasurable than work, isn’t it? Wisteria on wooded lane*However, there’s no place like home, even if I did need to pull weeds
and Alan had to cut the grass so it wasn’t too long to roll in! Grace and fam in ItalyWe left 3 of our 7 family “units” in Italy, Alan with Sammybut we’ve already been able to reconnect with our GR familyAlan with Dan's family…and what a blessing it is to have Daniel’s family close! Lilacs by Tanglewood CottageOur house may be a “Tanglewood Cottage” rather than an Italian villa,
but it’s home sweet home, and I love it! Wisteria and forget-me-notsWe don’t have roses blooming yet,
but we had all the wisteria and sunshine one could hope for,Lily of the Valley. and Honeysucklejpg and even if our windows aren’t framed with jasmine, our lane is heavy with the scents of honeysuckle, lilacs, autumn olive blossoms, and lilies of the valley. Female Red-winged blackbird fliriting 5.26.16We don’t hear the sweet sound of the cuckoos in the woods, Blackbird singing out my windowbut we do hear the red-winged blackbirds calling loud and sweet.  Mother Duck and 3 ducklings by dock+10 5.26.16Mama Duck has hatched six fine ducklings, Robin's nest by tea roomand a robin is nesting right outside our tearoom! Muskrat carrying leaves and grass 5.26.16I heard a theologian reminding us yesterday that God has given us this world Lilac with honeybeeto tend as his garden in anticipation of “coming attractions!”Autumn Olive blossoms I loved that. Flowering CherryBrianna told me that the boyfriend of one of her sisters
is hiking part of the Pacific Northwest Trail this summer, Flowering Cherry blossoms on groundand he always takes trash bags to clean up as he goes. Sweet rocket in woodsIsn’t that awesome? Sweet rocket by swampI hope wherever we live, we find joy in our surroundings
and are willing to work hard to make them more beautiful, Violetsso that life seems “enchanted” no matter where we live.  Elaeagnue umbellatat (Autumn Olive)“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15, and I don’t think His intention has changed).

LilacsFor the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. Isaiah 51:2-4

2 responses to “Enchanted May in Michigan

  1. So true!! Thanks for a beautiful blog post!

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