Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tablescape Thursday!

I'm joining everyone else over at Susan's @ http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ for Tablescape Thursday! Everyone is doing it so be sure and go over there and check out all the beautiful tables!!!
My sister was in town for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I was sick with a sinus infection some of that time, but as soon as I got well we made our traditional trip to Old Time Pottery! Yes, blogging is turning me into a dishaholic! I bought 6 of these plates! I loved them! They look so summery to me! They were only a $1.99 each! They're marked "Home Goods". I bought the green and white ginham napkins too! I already knew exactly what placemats I would use. A friend gave me these for my birthday one year! I think it looks like a picnic!

I originally had my white Southern Living At Home bowls on top of the plates but I decided I like just the plain plates...no charger, no salad or bowl...just the colorful plates! The little pitcher was my grandmothers. I just thought it looked good with the plates! The red pottery vase is from Southern Living At Home! And the fleurs are real! Do you see the little frog? Just a touch of whimsy!

The stemware I bought at Old Time Pottery last winter! The flatware is our Oneida we got when we married! We're a tad low on forks now! (25 years later!)

Thanks for stopping by! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I've got some Blooms!

It's another Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan @ ttp://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com

This is my second time to participate. Last week I showed you some of my front and back yard but not much was blooming. But now the daylilies have burst open!

Hope you enjoyed your visit! Maybe by next Wed. my front flower bed will be blooming! Now be sure and go visit all the pretty outdoor scenes over at Susan's! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Blogland's Next Top Model!!

Yes, it's true! I am Blogland's next top model! (LOL) Some of you may remember that I did a photo shoot (that's what we call it in the biz!) last fall for Diane magazine. Diane magazine is the magazine that "Curves" puts out 4 times a year. And they selected me for one of their Body Love sections in the magazine! Can you believe it! I still can't! I originally said I liked my boobs best because when I was skinny...a long time ago...they weren't bad, but being fat only added to them! (LOL) Of course I was being funny! So seriously I said I loved my arms...yeah they're still too big but because I work out at Curves they ain't too flabby! But mostly because you use your arms to give people hugs! They liked me, they really liked me! And today we received the magazine! I'm a celebrity at my own Curves! The owner is going to have a special magazine signing! I told ya'll that I wouldn't really look like myself because they did my hair totally different and my makeup totally different! But that's my blouse I'm wearing! It turned out better than I thought! I'm not too embarassed! So as promised I'm sharing my magazine shot with all my friends in Blogland!
Oh! did I tell you I do runway too?! One of the members of the Curves I work at did a fashion show and tea for the mother's and daughters at the alzheimer's daycare she volunteers for and she asked me to model! I got to wear 2 beautiful outfits! And here we all are!
The lady to the far left is my friend Teresa that hosted the fashion show, then my friend Debbie, moi, and my friend Shelby. They are all members of the Curves where I work! I love that place! I wanted to buy that top but it was $149 dollars!!!!!! Yikes! See what a giant I am compared to everyone else! Alas, I was not born with a petite bone in my body! Well, I hope you are all properly impressed! (LOL) That's all the bragging I'm gonna do about that! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hi! This is my first time to participate in Outdoor Wednesday! Outdoor Wednesday is hosted by Susan @ http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.comWe've had a very rainy Spring this year! I finally finished planting everything I was going to plant this year. I took these pics of my front yard. Hopefully soon I will have some before and after shots once all my perennials start blooming and the annuals fill in some! I'm really trying to make Tootsie proud of me!

This is my front yard. I used to fill this flower bed with begonias every year but I decided last year to make it into a perennial flower bed. I have 3 kinds of daylilies, purple cone flowers, black eyed Susans and various others I just picked out at the nursery and didn't pay attention to the names. I filled in with some double bloom impatiens, coleus and pink begonias. Dusty miller and blue salvia come back every year. I really hope everything blooms well this year!

A little closer look from a side angle.

This shot is from the side of the front yard and encompasses the flower bed on the other side of our creek bed. I wasn't thru cleaning this bed out and I've got to do a little work to it so I'll save that for another Wed. You can see a little of the creek bed on the other side of the oak hydrangea.
Here's my little pond. Yes, I've had fish in it before and I've had plants in it, but the fish attract racoons or get caught in the pump and the plants were getting too big! I like it without them. You see more of the water.

Here's a little of the backyard. I'm trying to little by little extend the flower bed around the pool. Last fall I planted some ferns and wild phlox and a purple leafed bush I can't remember the name of! I bought the bush at our zoo's plant sale and my best friend gave me the phlox and ferns from her yard! All the daylilies are from my father-n-laws daylily collection he had when they retired in Arkansas. They moved back to Memphis several years ago because of his health and he came over and got daylilies from me this time!
Thanks for dropping by and be sure to go over and check out the other outdoor pics at Susan's!