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.  


16 comments:

  1. Breaking my self-imposed rule to not comment first just because I am so excited to see you here! You have a way of weaving a tale with joy and beauty. It struck me as I looked at the photo of you beautiful ladies that God takes more delight in all of you over the beauty of flowers, fields, and mountains. Those truly were created for your pleasure, but His is in you! Beautiful photos and always beautiful truths shared. A very blessed Easter to you and yours.

    (I asked John what he most needed for food to make Easter special for him and three guesses what he said...I see no mention of it here today, though. =D )

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    1. Oops! I didn't look closely enough at the final photo...a different presentation so mistook them for cupcakes. Ha!

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  2. Loved all your photos and news of the month!!! That first bouquet is just gorgeous -- some of my favorite color combinations. Someday I will get to Vancouver. :) We are behind with spring. I have some mini daffs blooming but that is all. Looking at the roadsides today there was not one hint of green in the shrubs or trees. Love that gorgeous blue dye from the red cabbage!!! You are making me hungry for Paska. Haven't made any since we've been gluten free and now some of us dairy free :( Food isn't the same without those :) Enjoying the last of two weeks of spring break and getting ready for 24 here on Sunday. God is good!!! Blessings to all of you!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your busy and beautiful month of March with us. We are very slow coming into spring here in the east, as you probably know. The snow is still piled up but is slowly melting under the sun and with the wind. Have a blessed Easter weekend. Pam

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  4. The lovely month of March in your world was a pleasure to see and read about. A very Happy Easter to you and yours!

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  5. Looks like you had a lot of fun in March. Times spent with friends, some time away in Vancouver....love the shot of you two looking at the night lights in the city. You had your photographer long:) How fun that must of been to share a bit of time with your kids. Pretty flowers, beautiful walks, and really sweet little Easter arrangements. You were a natural once again on BT. Thanks for sharing your March. Easter blessings to you and your family.

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  6. What a wonderful summary of your busy March 2015! It struck me how your words are so full of kindness, calmness and truth. Your conference in Vancouver must have been a very interesting one this year ..... it looks like you enjoyed your time in the city! I love the picture of you enjoying the city's night scape and lights. You look beautiful in all the pictures. Lovella, you did such a great job on BT and are a wonderful ambassador for the egg marketing board indeed! I have to ask - where ever did you get the beautiful paska wrappers/cups. Did you make them? I've looked everywhere and can't seem to find them anywhere. They look so nice!

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    1. Rosella, you are such a kind friend! Thank you for the encouragement... again. OH.. I wish you lived down the street, I would so gladly share some of my paper cups with you. I found them throughout the year at Winners/Homesense. If you google paper cups you will be able to find different brands of them and possibly order them online. I have also seen them at kitchen stores, but they are of course a bit pricier there. They work so great for Paska because they paper it cardstock weight. I give them a little spray of Pam to make sure the paska comes out easy.

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    2. Thank you dear Lovella. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for them. Hope you all have a blessed Easter Weekend!!

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  7. Funny, when I see these photos, how much of our month has overlapped in experiences and how fast it has gone by. Somehow the first months of the year
    always seem to drag for me, but this year has been a better! I am so glad you were able to celebrate your anniversary in a balmy Vancouver, doing things that you love to do!
    I wish you a most blessed Easter as you celebrate with those dear to you this weekend! Yes. so thankful for the cross, the empty grave and HIs abiding peace.

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  8. Happy Easter to you and yours, Lovella!

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  9. Such a lovely re-cap of your month. The trip to Vancouver with its sunshine and blossoms looks like it was a particular treat. Like the others, I found the photo of the two of you very sweet.
    I wish you and your family a blessed Easter.

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  10. Yes, it truly a blessing to be part of the friendship that you have shown in this group. Where did we come from and look where we are now. I too loved that photo in your hotel room...now who took it? Looks like others of us have appreciated your decor through your eyes. I too have loved the idea of paper cups....thanks for sharing yourself with the rest of us.

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  11. So how did I miss this post? I finally came looking to see if you had perhaps done a re-cap of March through your lens...and here it was! So many fun events and blessings documented beautifully, Lovella. Great photos all around...the sights of Vancouver, the beautiful blooms, times with friends (loved those outings), your Easter decor and good shots of you and Terry. Oh...and I love the one of your kids in Van!

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  12. What a beautiful photo essay. Your chocolate cakes look fabulous, as do the cupcakes. (Can you tell I love desserts? :))

    Thanks for sharing all this beauty with us.

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  13. Honestly, I feel like I just opened the pages of my new Victoria Magazine this morning, with my visit here to your blog. The pictures, the documenting, and the message behind it all, was such a blessing to me. You are a gifted lady, and you have a special, humble way of sharing your gifts. I liked all the people, the food, and the flower pictures! I liked the ones of you and your husband, and want to congratulate you on your anniversary. You guys look so good!
    Thanks too, for sharing your wonderful group of friends and all the fun adventures you all do together.

    I also want to tell you that I have good friends here that are chicken farmers, and that makes your post even more interesting to me. You would probably love spending time with them, because you all have so much in common. One more thing, my daughter and her children are now raising a small amount of chickens that lay blue eggs. They are doing it for their friend who sells them at his market stand. There is a big market for them in the city right now. Their blue eggs look like the ones you colored for Easter.

    Thanks Lovella, for sharing all that you did.

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Thank you!