I picked these daffodils yesterday–they’ve just recently started blooming. They were growing by the side of the road, and I just had to pick some! I love the variety–some are bright yellow, some are soft yellow, and some are soft cream. My favorite, though, are the daffodils that have creamy petals with vivid orange centers.

Do you have daffodils in your garden and are they blooming yet?

I’m linking this to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener and Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.

Spring Colors


I love the colors in this photo I took of hydrangeas, my favorite flower! I thought I’d call out some of these colors and make a spring color palette! These would be great colors to decorate with…or even create artwork or crafts with.

Hope you are enjoying the arrival of spring! :)

I’m linking this to Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener.

Beauty Seen


Beauty seen is never lost, God’s colors all are fast.

JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, American Writer, 1807-1892

The beautiful colors in God’s creation never cease to amaze me! I took this photo with my little 3GS iPhone…the pansies were much more stunning in real life, but this is a nice remembrance of what they looked like! Do you grow pansies in your yard?

Enjoy your weekend!

Wedding Flowers and Songs


I took these flower pictures awhile ago…the daughter of a friend of mine had pretty bouquets in mason jars displayed at her wedding reception and I couldn’t resist taking pictures of one of them. As I was going through my photos last month, I came across these pictures and was going to post them, since it was June…because June is the most popular wedding month, right?


Well, I discovered that is changing…July has been the most popular wedding month in recent years, followed by August, September and October. So it seemed appropriate to post these pictures in July!


As I was thinking about some of the weddings I’ve been to, I remembered some songs I really liked that were sung at them.


None of these songs I’m mentioning are very new, but they are beautiful songs–maybe you’ll remember some of these.  Click on the song titles if you want to listen to them.

God Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts; this was also recorded by Selah, and their version is more like what I heard at the wedding I went to.

The Prayer by Josh Groban, performed with Charlotte Church

I Will Be Here and Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

Remember Me by Mark Schultz, performed with Joy Williams (sung when the bride and groom took communion)

What are some of your favorite wedding songs? What songs were sung at your wedding?

The Sweetest Sounds

 The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.

WILLIAM GOLDSMITH BROWN, American editor and writer (1812–1906)

Wishing you a blessed and beautiful Mother’s Day!




“Come to Me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept My teachings and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.”

MATTHEW 11:28–29 (NCV)

The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 byThomas Nelson, Inc. 

Linked to Think on These Things.

A Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.

I PETER 1:3-4 (NIV)

New International Version (NIV) Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011, by Biblica

Praying you have a joyful, hope-filled Easter!

Black Bean Chicken Chili


I was searching for a chicken chili recipe and couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I came up with this recipe. I really love this chili! It tastes great and it’s healthy, too! It’s a little different from your typical chili…with chicken instead of beef, and lots of tasty ingredients like onion, garlic, tomatoes, corn, black beans, and fresh cilantro. I think this recipe could work with ground beef, too, if you prefer that over chicken. This chili is so nice and thick… it’s thick enough to serve over rice if you want. And it’s great when you top this bowl of chili with a heaping helping of fresh cilantro and shredded Monterey Jack cheese or Cheddar cheese…yum!

Here’s the recipe…hope you like it!


Makes 4 servings

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (1 lb.) package boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, uncooked and cut into chunks (about 1/2″ or a little smaller)
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice, fresh-squeezed or bottled
  • 1 (15 oz.) can corn, well-drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4.5 oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • dash of salt, if desired
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese, for garnish
  • finely chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

In a large saucepan (a 4-quart size works well), heat olive or canola oil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, garlic, and chicken chunks in oil for 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center (if you’re having trouble cutting the chicken before you cook it, you can cook it first and then cut it into chunks).

Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, and lime juice; stir until mixture is well blended. Add corn, black beans, and green chiles, stirring until blended. Next, add ground cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and a dash of salt if desired, stirring until blended. Then stir in 2 Tablespoons of the chopped fresh cilantro, stirring until it’s well blended in the chili mixture.

Heat chili to boiling, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in bowls and garnish with finely chopped fresh cilantro and shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese.


You can also serve this chili over rice if you’d like to. It makes a great meal on a chilly day!

What is Love?


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.


New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica

Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day as you celebrate and enjoy special moments with those you love!

Christmas Joy


When I hear or see the word “joy” at Christmas, I’m reminded of the beautiful traditional German carol, HOW GREAT OUR JOY.

While by the sheep we watched at night, 
Glad tidings brought an angel bright.
How great our joy! Great our joy! 
Joy, joy, joy! Joy, joy, joy!
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high! 
Praise we the Lord in heaven on high!
There shall be born, so He did say,
In Bethlehem a Child today.
There shall the Child lie in a stall,
This Child who shall redeem us all.
This gift of God we’ll cherish well,
That ever joy our hearts shall fill.

These simple words echo the prophecy from Micah 5:2: Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me One who will be Ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.*

This Christmas, as we celebrate the One who came, may your heart be filled with joy!

How Great Our Joy, translated to English by Theodore Baker, arranged by Hugo Jungst.
*Scripture from New International Version [NIV] Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.