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The Green Aftermath

“Two posts in one day??” you say with a gasp! I know, I know. I can’t help it though! I just had a splendid time in our yard gazing over all of the beauty that came out of yesterday’s Tropical Storm. And thank God it was only that! Otherwise it would probably be a different story. I think the plants around here needed a drink, and they got it. Also, I realize I’ve been posting an abundance of plant pictures lately. I promise this isn’t turning into a gardening blog (not that there’s anything wrong with those at all!) I guess it’s just that time of year.

Basil in a claw foot bathtub

Kim and Roger’s Back Yard

Last Saturday Daniel and I drove over to his parents house to get some pots and soil, which is only about 3 minutes down the road from us. We had to go to the back of the yard where the shed was to get the pots, and I was quickly reminded of how much I love their back yard. It is quite spacious, and has such a warm personality. It’s so silly how we forget about the simplest and sweetest of pleasures. I am looking forward to spending lots of summer days and evenings in their back yard, playing with Abram and enjoying my family.

This is my favorite accessory of their back yard. Kim had an old claw foot bathtub going to waste in her shed, so a few years ago she took it out and started planting basil in it. Now each year around this time, it is FULL of basil leaves. It’s so pretty.

This is also a favorite of mine. This tiny red car belongs to Daniel’s Uncle Jerry. He drives from Fort White to the house to get his lawn equipment, and parks this car here during the day. Then when he’s done, he leaves his truck and lawn equipment here and takes the more fuel efficient red car home.

This huge deck provides many hours of play time for Abram, and it’s also where we had our wedding reception. A beautiful venue, whether used for play or party.

So what about you? What places, sometimes forgotten, do you enjoy most?

 

 

My Tattoo Collection

I’ve managed to grit through a small collection of tattoos over the years, and I intend to expand said collection. Currently I have 4 pieces, all in different areas. None of them tie together, although each one has a spiritual reference which allows them all to flow. I’d like my next piece to either cover a calf or perhaps my other free shoulder/arm. I’d really, REALLY love a piece all about Florida and perhaps have it look like an old post card. We’ll see.

Anyways, here’s what I’ve got so far and a snippit of why I got it!

Ahh yes, the first tat. I forget I even have this one sometimes. It’s not the easiest one to see. Between the summer of 06-07, I lived with my three best lady pals. We had a hilarious year, but also one of great lessons. God showed us all in different ways how He provides for us, so we decided that we were all going to get a sparrow tattoo as a reminder of God’s provision. I was the dumb one and got it in a place I couldn’t see, so sometimes I forget about that provision. Nevertheless, God reminds me in other ways.

Sadly, I have no pictures of me getting my ‘beloved’ tattoo, but I did get it with my friend Stookie. We both wanted to get something that represented God’s love for us. She got a ring finger piece, and I got this wrist piece. I had, at the time, discovered that God ACTUALLY loved me (something I had never felt before) and the word ‘beloved’ was popping up everywhere. I felt it best described who I was to God.

I definitely didn’t ease myself into this one. Sometimes you just gotta go for it, ya know? This was a complete original drawing by my favorite tattoo artist, Heather, depicting not only how God feels about me but also how he deals with me. I wanted the lyrics from the John Mark McMillan song, “loves like a hurricane, I am a tree” to be turned into a tattoo. I also wanted to incorporate John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Genie went with me to get this, as she had a little ink work done as well.

My wedding band is the last tattoo I’ve gotten. Daniel and I are not ring wearers, and so we decided to go with a creative and WAY less expensive route for our wedding bands. We realized before hand that they would probably end up looking like we got them in prison, because ink on the fingy’s is not the best choice as far as healing and aesthetics go. But the tattoos are for us, and no one else. It’s a daily reminder of my union with Daniel, and I can never take it off. So I’m stuck with him! His band says Genesis 2:18, “Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” Mine says Genesis 2:22, “And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.”

So what’s next? Who knows. There are so many ideas I have, it will take a life time to get them all. I’m itching for one, that’s for sure.

What about you? Any tattoos with particularly special meaning? Potential ink that you want to throw out there for some feedback?