eating bread . .and the garden

Earlier this morning I posted that I was making Jill's bread recipe. I thought I would quickly post our lunch. OK . . .are you making the bread yet? It is so crusty on the outside and wonderfully chewy and soft on the inside. Does Terry look happy?
We were supposed to wait until it was completely cooled but we didn't quite make it that long. The only thing I did different, is I let it sit on floured parchment paper instead of a Tea Towel.

This is where I started this morning's post.

Today I'm making the bread that Jill posted yesterday. I started it in the afternoon and it is now having its final rise on the counter. It's easy peasy and you must give it a try. It should be called bread for beginner bakers. I smile when I read some of the young blogger moms and remember when . . .girls, give this one a try, there is nothing like the smell of bread baking, to make your home feel homey.

In a few minutes my friend Kathy is coming with her daughter Adrienne . . .who is coming with her daughter Summer . . . .to see the baby chicks. Three generations of girls. Mothers and daughters . . .

I'm terribly excited to see them. Kathy I see regularly but I haven't seen Adrienne and Summer in a while. Such fun.

When I walk around my garden I thank my Heavenly Father for all the beauty. I thank Him for my family. I thank Him for my friends . . .what special gifts . .each one of them.

I thank Him for my husband who loves me . . . O Lord . . .I have so much. You know my heart Lord.

This morning the chorus . . ."Blessed Jesus, come to me . . .fill my soul with songs of peace. As I come to you alone fill me with your love."

Do you have a song in your heart this morning?

Is it overflowing with joy . . .or bleeding with sadness?

Is your burden heavy? Do you bear it all alone?

Sometimes I wonder about all of us blogging together, who are we and what fills our days when we walk away from our computers? I wonder about the people who read my blog everyday and I'll never know or meet.
I'm so encouraged by so many of you. So many encouraging comments. I'm truly grateful.

Please don't think that my life is perfect or that my heart knows no pain. I'm just like you . . .

These are my random thoughts . . .this is who I am.
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  1. You could have a wedding or tea party in that there garden! Generational friendship is so precious and more so with our mobile society. Sometime the praises of God's goodness just flows, burbling like a stream. Other times the silence is like a dry creek bed...either way, the goodness is there.
    Enjoy your friends and give the baby chicks an "ooh" and "ahh" for me. They are safe from Tigs, he's glued to B. who is down with the same flu everyone else has or has had. The FOC would never wander when his hero is down the quilts.

  2. How beautiful is God's garden that He shares with you ..and the garden of God in your heart that you share with others!!
    Today is truly a beautiful day filled with the goodness of God!
    We are blessed!

  3. Your garden is looking fabulous!! Terry looks very happy with lunch. How fun to have lunch together often. I noticed Considering Lilies is not linked - did you still want to link me. It's good. I'm enjoying meeting your other blog friends and think I will add some to mine as well. It's hard to know where to start though :)
    Happily gardening,

  4. That bread sure looks good Lovella! Yum!! and the flowers so pretty...

  5. A little bit of heaven on earth! Thanks for sharing the view from your world!

  6. Mmmm. Cheddar cheese. That is definitely something I miss here in Argentina. The bread looks scrumptious too. I think I might just have to try that. Love your garden. It is fun to live spring vicariously through you Lovella. Missed you while you were away.
    Blessings, Leana

  7. Lovella, thank you for sharing your thoughts. There's a strange comfort in knowing that others go through similar struggles and burdens... this is a reminder to us all that there's a real person behind the idyllic blogging. How wonderful to know that God is there with us, no matter what our trials may be.

    Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing them.

  8. That bread looks sooo good...I am going to try the recipe!
    I love your pictures, I am way more into using my digital since I tapped into your have inspired me!
    Lovely the perennials are just starting to show.

  9. Beautiful, beautiful pictures Lovella. You are getting VERY good with the camera... =) I need to get out into my garden with the camera now as so many of my blooms are opening. Will make for some pretty pictures!

  10. I love the lilacs! your garden is such a splendid blessing!


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