Forcing Spring

At or about this time every year, I start longing for Spring.
Maybe it's because I grew up in Florida and we typically skipped winter and went straight to summer.
Maybe it's because I'm a lover of color and plants 
and the brown, bare branches and dry, golden grass seem like everything is lifeless.
Maybe it's because I miss all the activity of wee critters being hatched or born out in the yard. 

I thought I'd bring Spring inside and force some amaryllis bulbs to soothe my warmth-lovin' heart.
They're supposed to be red and white striped and I bought them 
in the after-Christmas clearance section at Wal-Mart for $1.25 each.
I set them on an antique tray I found at Goodwill.

The sign with my favorite word on it came from Marshall's Home Goods; it was a whopping $3.

The soup tureens were just collecting dust up in our kitchen cupboards,
so down they came to be filled with dirt and a top layer of decorative stones.

These are real nests, that I found either on the ground or abandoned, 
so don't worry that I stole someone's home.
There's a nest right now in our front door basket that I think 
still has a family of Carolina wrens in it so we've left that one alone.

This poor butterfly was found on our driveway and I kept its wings to remember
how we all get transformed into loveliness through God's grace.

I can force Spring in my dining room, 
but the rest of the outside world will have to wait on God's timing.
Which is always perfect.


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  1. Thought-provoking post! Love your display!!

  2. Love the butterfly, so beautiful Great vignette. Hugs, Marty

  3. OH, I start longing for Spring about January 2nd. Maybe because I am a Southern girl and you never know if it's going to be 65 or 15 from day to day, or maybe because I spent part of my childhood in the Middle East - perpetual Summer. Or maybe because Spring reminds me of the rebirth we have in Christ. I love your idea of making a little Spring in your home!

  4. So sweetly simple. Love x 18.

    It's been spring-like here in Manila, where it should be seriously warming up for summer (officially today!). But it's been the coolest December and January on record, I think. I'm ready for spring, too, in the States. I'll get to enjoy some of it in early March in So-Cal.

    Hugs and happy highways,

  5. I remember, when we lived in North Carolina, how I longed for Spring about this time of the year. (How can the shortest month of the year last soooooooo long?) However, I also remember watching for those little green buds and couldn't wait for the pretty yellow daffodils to peak through the snow! It won't be long now and the warm Spring temperatures will bring flowers and green leaves. (Except, here in Florida, where it is already in the 80's AGAIN!)


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