Category: Hope

fresh water

fresh water
for the lily
Good Friday

I waited patiently for the Lord;
and he inclined unto me,
and heard my cry.

Psalm 40: 1 (KJV)

Ellen Grace Olinger

Gardens

Today we have rain. The sky and Lake Michigan are the same grey color. Yesterday, we walked around a few stores, as we had different errands. At The Home Depot in Kohler, the display of plants is beautiful. They have some outside, though not overnight. We enjoy how the Spring plants in stores add their beauty and fragrance in general. Sometimes we see someone we know. This is my idea of a social life. I enjoy solitude for my art, and then being a part of community in a low-key way. Not parties, or being over-tired the next day, or after a visit. A new way for health, and going well. Being sure to walk is a part of this, and Karl keeps an eye on the weather. I am grateful for friends and art with our blogs. So much in common, with friends everywhere.

Sometimes things take time, one small step, one post, at a time. New ways of being and living, to support health and work, can be learned – and then a natural part of life. I am grateful for all who help me be well, and I follow the instructions from my Care Team.

Some poems and photos from our archives:

warmer weather
on the way
God’s gift of nature
getting ready
to color the gardens

Daffodils – photo by Karl, May 2011

Red tulip and daylily leaves – May 2015

thunderstorm
and then quiet . . .
raindrops on branches
with tiny leaves
bird songs begin

Primroses – Photo by Karl, May 2010

in the backyard
birds back
and singing
never too old
to find this new

Image: wpclipart

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lily Photos

One year, we bought an Easter Lily that had lived in a store for awhile. The shape showed how it reached for light. A nice memory, to bring the plant home, and watch it bloom.

April 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger

clear blue sky

snow melting
from evergreen branches
Easter lily by a sunny window
Poinsettia too
all part of one story

April 15, 2019
Ellen Grace Olinger

Poem by Charles A. Waugaman

GARDEN TEA PARTY

Listen to the leaves
of robin song
spill into the rain:

parched dreams expanding
and staining the
long afternoon with

poignant fragrances:
blending past and
hope with vibrant joy.

Charles A. Waugaman
WITHIN The Circle of Seasons
2003, Elin Grace Publishing
All Rights Reserved

The rhododendron photos are courtesy of wpclipart.

Acrostic Poems for Lent, Mercy, and Easter

L  ove
E  verlasting
N  ot
 emporary

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5: 4 (KJV)

M  ay
E  veryone who can
R  emember and
C  onsider
Y  our children in need

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5: 7 (KJV)

E  ternally
A  dored
S  avior
T  ruly
E  ternally
R  isen

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

Matthew 28: 6a (KJV)

Acrostics are by Ellen Grace Olinger.