A little longer

Earth laughs in flowers

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Linger.”

Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end. What is it you love about these times? Why do you wish you could linger forever?

There are many times I dare to linger

To stay when I really should go

When it’s time to bid loved ones farewell

My heart yearns, but the clock is my foe.

In a garden resplendent with dew

Where the scent of the rose doth abound

Where the butterflies light on the leaves

And all manner of beauties arise from the ground

My most beloved place to linger

Where I know all is well with my soul

Is in the presence of Almighty God

As His love makes me feel pure and whole

by:  Lisa Daffin

The milkweed lesson

I love to work in my yard.  I find it to be calming and restorative as well as invigorating.  Today, it was a windy day, strangely chilly for South Florida this time of year.   We have milkweed in the butterfly garden and the wind was picking up milkweed pods and scattering them haphazardly about the yard.

I began to think how they are picked up and slung around, bruised and sometimes broken, torn into pieces, yet they flutter about doing good, throwing seed to and fro.

It reminded me of us.  We can learn from mistakes, grow from struggles, keep the faith and still yield some good fruit that is beneficial to others.  Nature always teaches if we just stop to observe.


Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in pictures

This year has been a busy one, filled with many road trips, fun-filled days in the sun, trips to Indiana, California, Texas, Washington, Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia and D.C. There are always so many photo ops when you travel as much as I have this year.

When I was home, I enjoyed capturing our beautiful FL sunsets and some of the abundant wildlife. We enjoy riding around in Big Cypress NP and taking pictures, looking at the deer; I was shocked to get such a good one of a bear.  The dolphins always come up behind our boat, but I have never been able to capture one in mid air, so I think that is my favorite shot this year!

My daughter and granddaughter were here with us part of the year as her husband finished up his 2nd tour in Afghanistan.  We enjoyed celebrating my granddaughters 2nd birthday together. While she was here we created a butterfly garden but I didn’t begin to see butterflies until they returned to CA, so I took the photo above and asked her mom to show her. Anyone who is a grandparent will understand my obsession with photographing her.

My love and I enjoyed fishing together and we celebrated our 19th anniversary.  He and our youngest entered a fishing tournament together and we spent lots of time watching her play softball and volleyball.

This has been quite a challenge; to narrow down in just a few pictures – It was a great year; lots of family time – I am truly blessed!

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