Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March 2015

March was filled with beauty all around me in the beginning of newness of yet another season opening up outside. 

I always love to imagine God's joy in giving us beauty every spring and never tiring of making it spectacular.  

March began with our annual Pastors appreciation dinner that is always hosted by our friends Richard and Dorothy at Sweet Dreams. 

Linda, Anneliese and I all baked the exact same cake for dessert and ...
they were pretty delicious. 

My little daffodil bulbs that that I leave in the soil all year long and come up faithfully for the last 15 years or so were blooming beautifully to welcome March.

We went into Vancouver for our annual egg producers meetings and enjoyed a walk through the market at Granville Island.  I love looking at beautiful food.  

We had exceptionally sunny and warm weather and felt very blessed for that gift.

We walked a lot every day and stopped often to take selfies ...
especially on our anniversary. 

Every morning we got dressed and walked to English Bay with our breakfast that we had found on the way. 

The porridge did not come on our little holiday with us.  

We got all dressed up for the annual banquet which is always fun to do.

Two of our kids came part of the time and enjoyed a few days in the city too.  

In the evenings we looked at the beautiful Vancouver lights out our window.  

The magnolias  were blooming everywhere. 

I wanted to just camp underneath the trees and enjoy that fragrance.

Vancouver is always fun to visit and I recommend you come when it is sunny which is a bit of a stretch to plan since the beauty of the foliage is due to the rains which occur fairly regularly in spring.  

Anneliese and her H invited all of the mennonite girls in the valley over for an appy and dessert night.  It was so much fun to catch up with those that could come. 

The early magnolia trees were blooming mid March and have nearly now lost all their petals. 

My nose has been a bit runny and my eyes have done a lot of tearing.  
On the news one day, they said the tree that is most likely the culprit for early allergies is this one.  I walked past it on the yard and sniffed and wiped. 

We put in a new hedge around the east side of our property. 
I thought I would document it so that when we wonder what year we planted it...
like we do with the hedge on the west side...
we'll know. 

The mennonite girls planned an outing to La Conner to go see the daffodils in their glory. 

The fields of daffodils and tulips are something to behold.  

We all put on our rain boots prepared to walk in the mucky fields and even Julie was willing to put on disposable bags to get those pictures up close. 

This is how they put the tulips to take to market.  

Pretty girls! I love them. 

It's a lot of fun meeting together with girlfriends that want to be together and appreciate each other.

The flowers were amazing.  

In the meantime, I was growing wheatgrass in egg cups for the TV segment I did at the end of March.

Egg Farmers of Canada asked me to show an easy way to poach eggs for a crowd and so I practiced the recipe they gave me and enjoyed the challenge of putting together an interesting and beautiful display. 

I found that natural dyes really are beautiful!  Turmeric powder, green cabbage and beets make for pretty eggs.  

I bought a fine tipped white felt pen and hard boiled some eggs for my hubs to decorate. 

I think my favorite eggs were these simple blue ones that were the result of red cabbage.

I am now anticipating the upcoming weekend and the time spent with family at Easter.

I have so much to be thankful for this Easter.

These days  I am reflecting on Christ's work on the cross for my sins and joyfully realizing anew that his grace has given me hope for eternity with him.

I  thank God for the cross and the empty tomb and his saving grace.

Wishing you and your family a joy filled Easter.