Monday, February 25, 2008

The Secret to Patience

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Photo - Concrete Angel in our backyard - waiting patiently for Spring



Saturday, February 23, 2008

Leaving a gift of fragrance



Almost every morning of our 34 years of marriage, I have awakened to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
Alongside the pot awaits a tiny china cup and saucer. Not a travel mug, never a hefty mug, nor, heaven- forbid, a plastic cup. Instead, patiently waiting for me to awaken, is a beautifully hand-painted, heirloom cup*. It’s just a cup, a simple gesture, a daily, unconditional token.

Most of the time, it's the simple joys that make my heart full.

“How delightful is your love! How much more pleasing is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfume than any spice!” Solomon 4:9-11

*Pictured above: Nannie's (My husband's great grandmama) china- in all it's glory-with it's chips and stains. We do not save it for special days, we use it to make every day special. We do not store it up in safe-keeping, for, we only have today.


© Original by Janie Mills -"Leaving a gift of Fragrance" - 9 x 12 acrylic on canvas