May 09, 2012

Sister Love

Big Sister Diamond showing a lot of love to Baby Sister Chanel.

8 May 2012 ~ Chanel's First Day Home

Introducing "Chanel"

my new puppy


Born: 18 March 2012
Breed:  Shih Tzu

Dogs have given us their absolute all.  We are the center of their universe.  We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. 

May 06, 2012

May 01, 2012

Happiness List

1. Falling in love.

2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3. Chocolates, and lots of it!

4. No lines at the supermarket.

5. A special glance.

6. Getting mail.

7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer. 

11. Chocolate milkshake.

12. A bubble bath.

13. Giggling.

14. A good conversation.

15. The beach.

16. Finding a 20 dollars in your coat pocket from last winter.

17. Laughing at yourself.

18. Eye contact with someone you love. The eyes says it all!

19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

20. Running through sprinklers.

21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful/good looking. 

23. Laughing at an inside joke. 

24. Friends. 

25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you. 

26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).

28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

29. Playing with a puppy. 

30. Having someone play with your hair.

31. Sweet dreams. 

32. A hot shower.

33. Road trips with friends.

34. Swinging on swings.

35. Yummy dinner.

36. Making chocolate brownies (and eating them...!).

37. Having your friends send you “I miss you” cards.

38. Holding hands with someone you love.

39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change. 

40. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much-desired present from you. 

41. Watching the sunrise.

42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day. 

43. Knowing that somebody misses you. 

44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.

45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.



by Linda Hogeland

The tulip has great strength as it pokes up from the sod

The strong green leaf surrounds the bud and acts as a fa├žade
Then as the leaves spread open and the colored heads appear

The beauty of God’s planning often cause my eyes to tear
The jagged edge is lacy as it gently opens wide

And as it does, you will be blessed by the beauty found inside
The stamen stands so proudly in the center as on cue

And the colors vary greatly in the star shaped colored hue
Their splendor is a statement, yet in a simple way

They give a casual beauty to a lovely new spring day
I clip each color gently as I picture my display

I gather quite a bounty and they form a big bouquet
They grace my table sweetly as they stand so straight and tall

And then with time they curtsey and they take a humble fall
It’s like their bowing over to give their quiet nod

To their talented creator, to the Great Almighty God
Each time I see a tulip, my heart is drawn to Him

So I think I’ll plant more tulips… and let the praise begin! favorite flowers

Tulips are one of the world's most easily recognized and loved flowers. The meanings of tulips coupled with the immediately identifiable shape of their colorful blooms make them a comfortable flower choice. They are not too elegant, too romantic, too big, too small, or too bright; the tulip is always just right. They are like a favorite pair of jeans or your mom's fresh-baked cookies, in that the meanings of tulips express genuine coziness and comfort in all of the right ways.
The tulip originated centuries ago in Persia and Turkey, where it played a significant role in the art and culture of the time. Most likely commenting on the Turkish tradition of wearing tulips in one's turban, Europeans mistakenly gave tulips their name, which comes from the Persian word meaning “turban”. As Europeans began taking to tulips, the flower's popularity spread quickly, particularly in the Netherlands where a phenomenon dubbed tulip mania set in at one point during the 17th century. Tulips became so highly prized that prices were sent soaring and markets crashing. Tulips are now grown throughout the world, but people still identify cultivated varieties as "Dutch tulips."
The meaning of tulips is generally PERFECT LOVE. Like many flowers, different colors of tulips also often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love, while purple symbolizes royalty. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful eyes.
With all of the sentiments and meanings of tulips, it's not surprising that their popularity continues to endure. The wide range of colors and varieties available allows them to be used for many occasions. In addition to being a favorite for cut flower arrangements, tulips can also be given as a potted plant. The growing and caring for of tulip bulb gardens and plants is a rewarding pastime for many flower lovers. As one of the world's most beloved flowers, a gift of tulips is a sure delight, enchanting in its beauty and simplicity. Oh yeah, tulips only bloom once a year…so unique, so elegant, such a wonderful sight!