Posted in Photography Corner

Just a Photo


This is an Amaryllis hybrid. It was growing in one of the gardens at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona.

Posted in Photography Corner

Just a Photo (Or Two)



I have to thank my friend, Audria, for sharing her flower expertise with me. I had no idea these where called Bleeding Hearts, although that makes perfect sense!

Posted in Blessings Corner



I have never had my own tulip bed before, but last fall, my youngest son and I planted I don’t know how many tulip and crocus bulbs into one of the front yard flowerbeds. We spent hours clearing the bed of weeds and then meticulously planted bulb after bulb, spacing each just right, and hopefully in the right direction!


In a way it was a bittersweet task because we were planning to sell our house this spring. I couldn’t help reflecting that I was doing this more for potential buyers than for myself. Or so I thought…


Long story short, something happened in January which changed the plans we had already put into motion (we’d been looking at potential land to build on, had a professional designing our dream home, etc.), and now we are not selling and not moving. A couple of days ago, my oldest son called me outside to show me these first yellow buds. I was thrilled to see the hopeful beginnings of my first tulip garden. These aren’t the tulips, though. I think they are the crocuses. They are what we planted on the border around the tulips.

All these photos were taken on the same day. My poor baby crocuses!

But I digress- I felt guilty at first for being relieved. We’re not selling! We’re not moving! We get to stay in our lovely home here, in a beautiful valley I’ve come to love. It took me several years to feel at home here, but now I feel completely at home. Suddenly, staying seems meant-to-be. And I feel… hopeful.


I think life poking through the ground, after sleeping for months under a blanket of snow, is hopeful. Springtime, with it’s renewed life, is hopeful. (Now, if it would just stop snowing here!) But, most of all, Easter is upon us, and that is as hopeful as life gets because it’s about the only being who could give us true hope. I’m looking forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is the start of Holy Week. It’s snowing here today on Palm Sunday, but little yellow buds are sprouting also.

♥ Have you been getting snow as well? Do you have a tulip/flower garden? Do you feel hopeful when you see signs of spring? Are you preparing for an Easter celebration? I’d love to hear your thoughts. ♥

Posted in Places We Visit

Our September Visit to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park spans parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and is the first of fifty-eight national parks here in the United States. We visited Yellowstone for a few days last September.

There are several waterfalls and cascades within Yellowstone.


There are all kinds of wildlife in Yellowstone, including elk, buffalo, moose, bears and wolves. We did not see any moose, bears or wolves, although we did visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. But, we did spot an elk in the forest and it was fun to watch the herds of buffalo. Always stay a safe distance from all wildlife, and if you hike in Yellowstone, carry bear spray and know how to use it.


Yellowstone is full of amazing sights! Geysers, mudpots, steam vents…


Old Faithful


We discovered that visiting Yellowstone in September was just as busy as summertime. If you go at a busy time, be patient because driving through Yellowstone gets slow-going and the most popular attractions stay packed with tourists. It wasn’t too crazy, though. We stayed at Stage Coach Inn, in West Yellowstone, and found it to be a nice hotel.

♥ Thanks for re-visiting Yellowstone with me! Have you visited Yellowstone? What is your favorite national park? ♥

Posted in Places We Visit

Our September Visit to Earthquake Lake

View of Quake Lake from the visitor center. From this distance it looks like any other lake.

Earthquake Lake, nicknamed Quake Lake, is located in Montana on US hwy 287. This past September, David, Marcus and I stopped at the visitor center on our way to Yellowstone National Park.

Visitors can hike a short distance from the visitor center to the memorial boulder.

This lake has a tragic backstory. In August of 1959, an earthquake caused a major landslide which also blocked the Madison River. Can you imagine witnessing this 3,000 ton boulder flowing along the slide? Apparently it was studied and found that it had not rolled, nor had it fallen in a tumble sort of way.


While some people made it to safety on the night of the earthquake, 28 people who were camping or living in the area at the time, lost their lives. Some of their stories are told at the visitor center through displays and a movie.

We were fascinated by this rock wall near the memorial boulder.


All around the lake, “ghost trees” poke out.

This lake is excellent for fishing and we did see a couple fishermen among the tops of the trees (sounds funny doesn’t it?). I was wondering if they ever got snagged or how difficult it was to row out and cast.

♥ Have you ever visited or fished Earthquake Lake? Stay tuned for photos of our visit to Yellowstone National Park. ♥