A Nice Day In My Office

Today, April 18

DSC_7996Thanks to four volunteers (Lois Keller, Lois Wells, Josh and Jason Diffenderfer) we labeled and prepared 2,692 individual Highway News & Good News for mailing ~ between 9:00 am and 10:30 am.

I told them that we were glad nobody forgot about it, because if Cerwin and I had to do this job alone, it would take four-and-a-half hours.

Truly, many hands make light work.

Cerwin had the 14 bags at the Lititz Post Office by 11:30. So if you receive a copy in the mail, it is on its way.

If you do not receive this magazine in the mail, you can read them online at http://www.transportforchrist.org/highway/

The May issue (the one we mailed today) will not be available online for a few more days.

DSC_7991Lois Wells noticed these flowers (grape hyacinth) on my blog the other day ~ from my walk-around-the-block photos ~ and brought me a bouquet from her yard.

DSC_7994I experimented with no flash (previous picture) and flash (photo above) to show you the pretty bouquet.

Thoughtful people bless my life.

Thanks, Lois.

York-Adams Chapter ~ TFC Dinner Concert

Saturday Evening, April 12

1 (1)We arrived early to set up the projector and display table.

When we were finished with the setup, I had opportunity to photograph the pretty flowers on each table.

1 (4)They were donated by Cremer Florist, Hanover, Pennsylvania.

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1 (5)Then I checked out the silent auction ~ and did some bidding of my own. However, I was outbid on every item on which I placed a price. :)

1 (6)There were delicious-looking baked goods. Cerwin thought he wanted the apple pie (third from right) ~ and bid on it several times ~ but somebody wanted it more than him and kept bidding higher. I think it went for $30.00!

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1 (8)Marie and Grace were in charge of the silent auction and pleased that its benefit to TFC was $574.00.

2 (1)Bill ~ the chapter’s contact person ~ welcomed the 190 people in attendance just before the meal.

2 (2)He mentioned that the evening was a special honor to Jim (photo left) the former contact person who was killed last fall when his ultra-light plane crashed.

2 (3)Pastor Larry from East Berlin gave the invocation.

2 (4)The Dover Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary cooked and served an incredibly delicious ham and roast beef meal.

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3 (1)Following the meal we were blessed by delightful gospel music by Choraliers & Pearl.

3 (2)Left to right, Carol, Kim, Dorothy, and Pearl.

Carol and Dorothy are sisters. Pearl is their mother. Kim is a family friend.

3 (3)Mark (brother to Carol and Dorothy) and his wife Jamie.

3 (4)Carol and Tim’s daughter, Hannah, was on stage for one song. Tim was in back of the room running the sound system.

3 (5)Brian presented a challenging message ~ reminding us that we (the church) are the “bride of Christ.”

He gave a visual that has stayed with me ~ of a careless bride with uncombed hair and a tattered dress ~ saying there isn’t a bride in the world who would stand before her groom like that.

Yet we are often careless about our soul and spiritual appearance, wanting only to be coddled and entertained, and instead of serving the King of Kings with dedication, faithfulness, and humility, we allow bitterness, jealously, and all kinds of other emotions to take over our lives.

3 (6)Pastor Larry and his son played two songs before the Choraliers came back on stage for the closing songs.

3 (7)It was a delicious, delightful, refreshing, and challenging evening.

The Daffodils In Our Yard

They are adding the color of yellow to our mostly brown woodlot.

Daffodils (1)They will always remind me of my dad.

Daddy loved daffodils.

Some of ours came from his daffodil bed.

Daffodils (3)From the Internet:

Daffodils are attractive trumpet-shaped perennial flowers that bloom from bulbs during the spring.

Daffodils (2)They are considered to be one of the most popular, colorful and vigorous flowers of spring.

Daffodils (4)In the language of flowers they symbolize rebirth, new beginnings, and friendship.

Daffodils (5)The name “daffodil” is derived from an earlier “affodell”, a variant of Asphodel. The reason for the introduction of the initial “d” is not known.

Daffodils (6)Daffodil flowers belong to the Amaryllidaceae family and the genus Narcissus.

Daffodils (7)There are 50 species in its family, and around 13000 hybrid varieties.

Daffodils (11)They are native to meadows and woods in Europe, North Africa and West Asia, with a center of distribution in the Western Mediterranean.

Daffodils (10)Naturally they grow in woods, grassland and on rocky ground.

Daffodils (8)In Europe these beautiful flowers are grown commercially in the Channel Islands, Great Britain, Isles of Scilly and Holland.

Daffodils (9)Daffodil has one flower per stem.

Daffodils (12)The Daffodil flower has a central trumpet-shaped corona (also referred to as a “trumpet”) surrounded by a ring of petals (often called the perianth).

Daffodils (13)The basic color is yellow but Daffodil flowers also may range from white to cream to pink, apricot, orange and unusual lime green.

Daffodils (14)The Daffodil flower is used as the March birth month flower and the 10th wedding anniversary flower.

Daffodils (16)I remember this poem – from somewhere in my childhood.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Daffodils (15)Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A Poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

One Evening Last Week

Wednesday, April 90It was a cool, breezy evening, but the beautiful sky drew me outside.

1cThe sky was filled with interesting clouds.

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2 (2)I walked to a spot ~ just a short distance from our house ~ where I had a good view of the valley and the setting sun.

2 (3)Then took pictures of what I saw.

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2 (9)Yes, I can see that many farms from the road in front of our house.

7I didn’t have to move from the spot to watch the sun set behind the western horizon.

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9Back in our driveway.

Springtime Variety

Early April

DSC_6941I am enjoying springtime more than ever ~ after the l-o-n-g winter…

DSC_7205…and seeing flowers with fresh joy.

DSC_7193Sunshine on flowers is delighting my eyes.

DSC_7222Early one morning a pair of mallards came waltzing through our yard ~ also aware that it is springtime.

DSC_7727Cerwin raking and picking up thousands of nuts and shells from our shellbark trees ~ left behind by resident squirrels is another sign of springtime in our yard.

DSC_7429Then came April showers to nourish the earth ~ promising even more flowers.

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DSC_7423At the end of one rainy day last week we were treated to a delicious meal by Jeff and Chris – along with her mother ~ at a local restaurant.

It was refreshing and relaxing.

Thank you.

DSC_7441As always happens ~ the sun came out again ~ bringing even more flowers to bloom.

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My entire being is enjoying the love, hope, joy, warmth, rain, and flowers of springtime.