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Hang On Little Tomato!

Day 155  June 4  2014


In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not yet the end. -Fernando Sabino

Hang On to the Vine!

Hang On to the Vine!

Just want to say how nice it feels to be finally home!  The last few months have been quite a roller coaster of ups and downs.  I have been grateful for the many uplifting and encouraging songs but one, in particular, got us through lots of doubtful, confusing, and even painful days.  “Hang On Little Tomato” is a song about just listening to His advice and hanging in there when “change is hard and not so nice”.

Now we have our very own little tomatoes  growing on the back porch and their yellow blossoms continue to give me hope and encouragement as we move forward to create a sanctuary of peace in our new home!

“Hang On Little Tomato” -by Pink Martini
The sun has left and forgotten me
It’s dark, I cannot see
Why does this rain pour down
I’m gonna drown
In a sea
Of deep confusion
Somebody told me, I don’t know who
Whenever you are sad and blue
And you’re feelin’ all alone and left behind
Just take a look inside and you will find
You gotta hold on, hold on through the night
Hang on, things will be all right
Even when it’s dark
And not a bit of sparkling
Sing-song sunshine from above
Spreading rays of sunny love
Just hang on, hang on to the vine
Stay on, soon you’ll be divine
If you start to cry, look up to the sky
Something’s coming up ahead
To turn your tears to dew instead
And so I hold on to his advice
When change is hard and not so nice
You listen to your heart the whole night through
Your sunny someday will come one day soon to you
(“Pink Martini is a musical group that was formed in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale in Portland, Oregon. Describing itself as a “little orchestra,” its music crosses genres such as classical, latin, jazz and classic pop.”  Wikipedia   My life was culturally and joyfully enriched seeing them in concert at Wolftrap last summer with my good friend.  Thanks for introducing me, Kathryn!)

You can find some Pink Martini music, including Hang On Little Tomato HERE

God’s First Temples

Day 153 June 2, 2014
New Beginnings

The groves were God’s first temples. -William Cullen Bryant

Baby Anjou Pear Ripening

Baby Anjou Pear Ripening

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life…When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult… Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. …Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. …Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”  ― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. -Welsh Proverb

The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber. The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky. -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands


Joy in the Air

Day 116 April 26, 2014

“Something in the air this morning made me feel like flying. . . ” ― Eileen Granfors


Rainbow spotted on I 81 today made me smile with joy!

“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”  ― Frederick William Faber

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”  ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”― Emily Dickinson

You [God] will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy”  Psalm 16:11

Joy Blooms

Day 114 April 24, 2014

“Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie


“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”  ― Iris Murdoch

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”  ― Susan Polis Schutz

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”  ― Shauna Niequist


Unconfined Joy

Day 113 April 23, 2014

“…let joy be unconfined…” ― George Gordon Byron

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“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.”  ― John Calvin

“Children take joy in their work and sometimes as adults we forget that’s something we should continue doing.”― Ashley Ormon, God in Your Morning

“So there was great joy in that city.”  -Acts 8:8

Scatter Joy!

Day 112 April 22, 2014

“Scatter joy!” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“…when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy…” -Job 38:7

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success… The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  -John 15:11

Easter People of Joy

Day 111 April 21, 2014

 “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”  ― John Paul II

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“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”  ― Seán O’Casey

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”  ― E.E. Cummings

 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. -Matthew 28:8


Come to the God Celebration!

Day 60 March 1, 2014

God, you are my God. I celebrate you. I praise you. -Isaiah 25:1


Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! -Philippians 4:4  The Message

If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines. -Robert Brault

A Celebration of God’s Love:

  • Study what the Scriptures say about God’s love and acknowledge that the loving words are about God’s love for YOU!

  • Look for how his love shows up all around you in your life…big ways, small ways, loud and soft ways, winding and bumpy ways, smooth and straight ways!

  • Tell other’s about God’s love for them and invite them to the party!

  • Welcome everyone to the table…God does!

  • Love everybody as God loves you!  Open the gifts contained in your heart.

  • Share your God-given gifts with everyone else – at the party, in your family, community, and even the whole world.

  • Pray, praise, sing, and play.  Make a joyful noise, giving thanks for His wonderful love.

  • Leave the celebration with a full and grateful heart.  Remember to say “thank-you, God” for all you have received.

  • Celebrate!             -Trish Hernandez

Celebrate Every Thing!

Day 59    February 28, 2014

“Celebrate who you are and what you stand for. Give wings to your dreams and live your aspirations. You’ve got only one life- live it in the best way you possibly can.”―Roopleen

Image 4“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection.

And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. -Luke 15:23,24

Celebrate Being Alive!

Day 58   February 27, 2014


“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey!” –Barbara Hoffman

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“Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.” ―Joanne Harris, Chocolat

“Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t.”  -Richard Bach

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” – John 15:11