Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall...Winter...then comes Spring

Fall colors here have been the most spectacular that I can ever recall.
It seems most odd to be planting spring bulb now.
How can crocus and daffodils be on my mind when there is autumn all around me?
Yet...now is the time to plant and dream of the future.

My ice pansies will thrive all through the fall and come back in spring, but it is the bulbs that I consider most faithful while planting.
I tuck them in and while there are no immediate clues that something has been added to my garden, I trust and believe that even during the upcoming storms of winter, something is waiting to come forth in spring time, just when the season of darkness seems like it will never end.
I always plant bulbs prayerfully.
I pray that all will be well when the time comes for spring flowers.
I pray that troubling matters both near and far will have by then passed, and that I will remember my prayers for God's blessings and be thankful.

Next spring...next April...I envision these flowers will be in fragrant bloom as we race out our front door to meet another kind of first blossom in our lives.

The tiny seedling baby was blueberry sized when we first heard back in July.
Week by week I have marveled as I read about what was being formed in secret.
Ears, fingers, even tiny fingerprints!
The blueberry sized baby grew weekly; web pages let me know the week the baby was kumquat sized, then lemon, now bell pepper.
Changes and more changes came to the baby's form each week.
At thirteen weeks I saw via ultrasound my first grandchild's perfectly formed hand floating in my daughter-in-law's womb, my first glimpse at a baby with at tiny hand cupped around the face like one peering into the distant future.
Fall....with color splendor observed at a distance
Winter...with pristine black and white beauty observed in stillness
then Spring...with color and fragrances best observed up close.
I too am peering into a distant future and with quiet trust am waiting for that what is being created in lives all around me to be found to be safe and blessed come spring.


ellen b. said...

Oh girl! What wonderful news...
Congratulations to all!!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

It is so amazing and beautiful to see these little ones while they are still safely tucked away inside!

Vicki said...

What a beautiful way to announce your news, Jill. I am so happy for you all!

Ocean Soul said...

right there is the reason to lose the 'punk' feeling! How exciting to see that hand stretched up...almost like it's waving to y'all! "Hello, here I am, get ready Grandma!"

Kathie said...

Hooray!! what sweet news! Congratulations!!!

Yay about the camera - I hope I can pick up some tricks from you Jill. I still am feeling my way around. Don't quite know what I'm doing but I keep clicking and trying different shots. I hope to get that lens for Christmas :) Does it take macro? And long distance? I know so little . . .

Lovella ♥ said...

I love this post too! Oh what a wonderful season you have before you!

It is so wonderful to pray for a child that you love so much already and see those most beautiful ultrasound photos.

I am so happy for you!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations! The first grandchild is so special and it will be such a blessing to hold them in your arms this Spring! Enjoy all the preperations!

Judy said...

How exciting is that! Thanks for sharing your good news with us. You are in for a wonderful time of your life.

Dawn said...

Doing a happy dance for you Jill!!!!