Getting Crafty


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Late into the night on Sunday I was able to finish the cleaning, meal preparations, and Christmas gift for our H family gathering Monday night.  I paid for it dearly this later evening however!

Nonetheless, this is my best work:  an outdoor Christmas, Winter, and Spring planter that combines a dormant/upright holly bush (Ilex Sky Pencil), hidden mini daffodil bulbs (Tête-à-tête) below the surface, exquisite holiday silks, and battery-operated/synchronized  LED lighting.  In the Spring the recipient will remove the sparkly finery to allow room for the bulb shoots to emerge then follow-up with flowering annuals in May.  The finished planter stood about 4 feet tall from the base to the tip of the wooden spikes.  Yeah God!

This design was inspired by the Dirt Simple blog of Deborah Silver, owner of Detroit Garden works.  She is my inspiration of late for all of my landscaping, potted planter, and flora decorating dreams for sure!  I hope you go to her website and check it out.

Guess we had a “Christmas tree” after all this year!  :JJ

After the Wedding

Many Christian weddings call upon the Apostle Paul’s marvelous description of love to help us know what love really looks like.  Sound familiar?

1 Corinthians 13

New International Version (NIV)

13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

When you see love in action, you know that it truly exists.  While love is the hallmark of God’s gift of marriage, we know that it exists in many other relationships too.  I must write that I have seen it again today like so many days these past five years.  To see love as created by God himself, is to fully be alive.  To feel loved by another, is to know that God exists.  To love in return, is what I can do to say thank you.  To love before I see it, before I feel it, before I can give it, is to become an instrument of the Lord.  All are humbling and wonderful.

Today was a particularly difficult day.  More noxious symptoms occurred than usual and many continue at this moment.  And yet I feel no less loved than any other day from my beloved husband, Steve Horney.  He is my Jesus with skin on today and for that I am more than grateful.  I . . .   I . . .   I . . .    All I can say is thank you and I love you too!

If you were not in my life, my dear Stevers, I would have my Heavenly Husband to help me through this day.  He knows what days this has been true in my past and what days He will be my Rock in the future.  Wow.  Today I have both.  God is good.  All the time.  God is good.