Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thank-you and Today's Photos

I need to start this post by saying a huge Thank-you to each of you who encouraged me with your kind words.
I always thought that many of my friends lived in my computer,now I know that for sure.
Your kindness and continuing prayers are overwhelming.
I have tried to remain upbeat and positive on the blog,but I realize that I must be real,let at least some of my feeling show.
Here is a trio of hearts for each of you.
This plant is called Bishop's hat,for the shape of the flowers. 

A friend gave me this Fern Leaf Peony two years ago.
I had always wanted one,but they are sooo expensive.When she discovered these on her new yard,she immediately knew that they should grow in my garden.
As you can see the buds are almost ready to open,I can hardly wait.This is the first time they will be blooming for me.

This little Fuchsia plant is hanging right beside my door.
I like the raindrop on the bud.

Look what I planted this year.Sempervivum.
I have seen these on Betsy's blog,and now I can enjoy them in my own garden.

Walking through our local park I noticed the new growth on the trees.This is an Oak tree coming to life.

I am really bad at identifying most trees,so I don't know what this is,but I like the colors.

Here is one more picture of my Fuchsia.
No,this is not sideways,this is exactly how the flower is growing.All I have done with this picture is crop it a little.

All of the above photos were taken today,as well as many others.I just wanted to share some of the sights that me me smile today.Each day brings with it some tears,but also often,some laughter.For this I am thankful.

Thought for today:
What better answers are there
To prove God's holy being,
Than the wonders all around us
That are ours just for the seeing.     

50 comments:

  1. Hi Ruth, You have some beautiful and interesting plants in your yard!!! I love to see all the new growth of the trees and plants.

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  2. Hi Friend, So glad you have some Sempervivum... We still love ours... Yours is so pretty...

    Love your Fuchsia. I had one last year but it didn't make it through the winter even though I brought it inside. I'd love another one sometime.

    YES--you need to stay REAL. Express your feelings to us.. We are all good listeners....We can't do much to help, but we can listen...

    Hugs and Prayers,
    Betsy

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  3. wow, beautiful photo's today, it would be hard to pick a favorite.

    i did love the one with the droplet of water, but they were all really awesome.

    i am so happy you got out today and enjoyed nature and so glad you are updating here.

    thanks for all the kind words and visits, i always enjoy hearing from you!!! xo

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  4. Wow, thank you Ruth for sharing all these fantastic photos with us! I simply love that droplet on the fuchsia - it's got a reflection in it!!Too Cool! That fern leaf peony is very special! I do miss my oak tree - should really drive around to that house sometime just to see how it has grown!

    Hugs!!

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  5. Ruth, This is what is so great about blogging. You can pour out your feelings and they are read by people who care. Everyone who sees your blog doesn't care, but the ones who care keep reading and take your troubles and joys into our heart to share. We support you pray with you. That is what God is all about - God is all about relationships both with God and with God's people. We are called to realize our relationship with all of Gods creation and to want the best for all. That is what I wish for you - the best.
    nellie

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  6. Your pictures today are exquisite. Every one is beautiful, especially the fuschia with the drop of water.

    What an honor and joy it is to share with others on here. It always just blows my mind that we live in this time and this place and have this blogging community to uphold and care for each other. Thanks for sharing Ruth. Diane

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  7. Good evening Ruth...
    There truly is beauty all around us..we just need to take the time to enjoy it...
    I loved every single picture and especially the one of the rain drop.
    A beautiful capture....
    I am sending you a big hug..
    shug

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  8. Dear Ruth, Finding friends in your computer brought a funny picture to my mind--I'm thinking we all look like elves :}, and your photos make me think how God's seeds of hope grow best in the dark places of grief. Thanks for sharing your life so honestly. hugs to you . . .

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  9. These images are stunning. Your fuchsia is beautiful, and the rain drop is just crystal clear, even to the reflection in it.

    I hope you will grow more comfortable sharing your joys and sorrows with those of us friends who live in your computer.

    I'm sure you've heard this saying before, but it's a good one to be reminded of: Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

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  10. Ruth, wonderful shots! Oh how I love the rebirth os Spring! Life's renewal?
    Thank you for your photos. I would like to think that I am one of your friends in the computer!
    Blessings on you.

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  11. you brought tears to my eyes with that quote. :) thank you for sharing such gorgeous beauty from your own yard. and i'm glad you feel you can let your hair down here - you ARE among friends; some who know you very well and some who just know you a little but can still relate to your heartache, your adjustments to your changed world, and the beauty and love you convey through photos. :)

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous photos, Ruth - perfectly capturing some of the wonders that He created for our pleasure. Only the fool says in his heart "There is no God !"

    I hope you have a peaceful week, and may God strengthen and comfort you as you call on Him.

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  13. Ruth, your macro photos are always so wonderful... beautiful, and I too got several new sempervirens for the rock garden this year. Blessings to you dear lady.

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  14. Lovely series! That last photo is breathtaking. Thinking of you....

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  15. These images are just stunning. The water droplet so precious.

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  16. Beautiful pictures. I also must just be me on the blog, otherwise I find it hard to write about things. I hope you enjoy your week.

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  17. Hooray for Ruth..
    I love this post Ruth.
    I'm drawn to the three leaves, because I've been trying to captured the vivid green color of the leaves in our garden. Especially when the sun shines on them.
    Many Blessings to you.

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  18. Beautiful pictures Ruth. Love to see the beauty in all of nature waking up around us and the lush of the green grass and the trees after a rainfall. Especially love the waterdrop hanging from the fushia...and yes we do all have friends inside our computer..great to have you as one of mine..

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  19. I can't wait to see that bud open, these photos, all of them are stunning and really gorgeous. you reminded me i want to get semp like you and Betsy. beautiful post ruth

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  20. Good Morning, Ruth,

    I was so glad to see your blog. Your whole blog today speaks of new life, new growth, and the overwhelming love and care that our Heavenly Father has for all of his creation..including us.

    All the pictures were neat, but I especially liked the raindrop, particularly when I made it larger and could see the trees reflected in it. To photograph raindrops with neat refleactions is not always easy.

    God bless your day!

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  21. Thank you for sharing your smiles with us. Your macros of the fushia are gorgeous. I hope you enjoy your semps as much as we do.

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  22. Thanks for sharing your joys with us. You do lovely photography.

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  23. Beautiful images Ruth...
    So glad you are feeling the love and support. Sorry I missed your return call... will try you again soon - but heading out now...

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  24. These are beautiful, Ruth! Love the purple and red one. Hugs to you from me and my mom. :)

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  25. Such beautiful photos Ruth! I am so glad to see you embracing life in the midst of your grief. I'm sure that Jake would want it that way. Take care my friend and keep looking up.

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  26. You take exquisite photos ... that little raindrop reminds me of the tears that mix with our joy.

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  27. You brought a smaile to our faces today...thank you. The Fern Leaf peony is just beautiful!

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  28. Ruth, Beautiful photos. I'm glad they made you smile because they sure put a happy feeling in the hearts of your fellow bloggers. Thank you for sharing your lovely post. Hugs Mickie :)

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  29. Fantastic series of photos, Ruth!

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  30. Beautiful photos! The second one is my favorite.

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  31. thank you for visiting me again. My plants aren't near as drought tolerant as they need to be right now. We have been juggling sprinklers and are already tired of it this year. Your photos are always delightful. Betsy got me on semps too!

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  32. What a beautiful post Ruth and your flowers and photo's are gorgeous.

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  33. What beautiful spring flower close-ups, Ruth. I'm glad you're going out there and looking for the beauty in God's creation and then sharing it with us. I think spring is the most beautiful time of the year (after it finishes snowing!)

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  34. I like the bright colors of the flowers. Ruth, you are a strong woman to keep going during this season in your life.

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  35. Those are beautiful Ruth. That Fuchsia is really unique....so gorgeous.

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  36. Thank you for sharing such beautiful images!
    Yes! It is nice to know that you can share yourself on your blog and many welcome you!
    Congrats on your POTW
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  37. it is sad that many pass these wonderful images by and take them for granted, as they do many things in life.It is only when they aren't there that they finallt miss them.

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  38. your post over flows with beauty, sending light to you~

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  39. Oh my goodness.. Just so beautiful each and everyone. Your a very special Lady . Im so glad you share.
    xo

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  40. And Ruth I love the Hearts in the first . How fitting . So many hearts gather here.
    Much Love

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  41. Wow - these shots are exquisite!

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  42. Your fuchsia is stunning and my favorite picture, you are so talented! And I have never heard of a fern leaf peony, that is an amazing sight. I am glad to see you again, I realize your pain must be boundless. What can we do but pray and trust? This life ends, which is a veil of tears, for a much better one, but those who are left are struck dumb with sorrow. All my love to you, Ruth, You continue to be an inspiration, truly.

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  43. As always another beautiful post. You should always feel fee to let yourself go and vent your grief and frustrations. It truly helps. You need never apologize for anything.

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  44. What a wonderful friend to share what she knew would mean so much to you! Lovely photos here. I'd forgotten how pretty the foliage of bishop's hat is. Hope you enjoy a lovely weekend.


    The Gardening Life

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  45. These are beautiful. The water droplet reminds me of tears after a rain, before the sun comes out again. Praying for you Ruth. I've never met you, yet you're so near and dear to me. God bless.

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  46. Amazing Picture's, Friend!

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  47. Ruth, I loved looking at your pictures (enjoyed taking a stroll through your garden with you)! Just wanted you to know I dropped by a few weeks ago, and saw a comment that had been left by "Dorothy" on your blog. I clicked on her picture and visited her blog. You will never believe, but she & I do not leave far from each other. I am enjoying getting to know her - and just to think you introduced us. :)) And you are hundredssssss of miles away. Have a wonderful weekend. When you cross my mind, I will remember to pray for someone to encourage you, as you are walking this new journey.

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  48. Oh so lovely Ruth! I especially LOVE the little droplet!!

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