Spring

February is probably my least favorite month.  It’s cold, rainy and dark and I am always looking forward to spring.  Sometimes the plum blossoms bloom later in the month.  Sometimes they wait until March.  Either way, that is the first sign of spring in this part of the world.

I usually spend February doing some projects around the house before spring arrives and calls me outdoors.  For some reason this year, I’m a little anxious for the appearance of spring.  I’m even thinking about spring cleaning early!  =O

Yesterday, I packed away my Christmas village and today I put out my cherry blossom dishes.  If you’ve been here long, you know that I absolutely love the cherry blossoms.  They should be here the end of March.  That season will be extra special this year as I will have a special guest from the USA to share them with.  Can’t wait!!Hutch.jpg

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

~Genesis 1:14

Bloom Where You Are Planted

 

Bloom where you are planted,
Shine where you are sent,
Know that God has used you here,
Just the way He meant.

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Love where you are living,
Serve where it’s His will,
Know that God has plans for you,
Only He can fill.

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Grow where you are going,
Weep when you’re in pain,
Know that God restores your soul,
Makes you whole again.

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Pray when you are breathing,
Laugh when you exhale,
Know that God is near you,
Never will he fail.

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Cherish all the memories,
Make a brand new start,
Know that God has placed you
Forever in our hearts.

—A Missionary’s Poem

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*It’s plum blossom season here.  Shortly after they finish, the cherry blossoms with begin.  This is my favorite time of year here. =)

Spring is here…

…once again!  I love this time of year!  This was the first time I was able to enjoy the weeping ume (plum) trees.  They smelled heavenly.

This picture was fun!   We asked a man to take it for us, so he made us follow him to the “perfect” spot and posed us like a professional.  We had a good laugh over it!