Some colorful inspiration

Some colorful inspiration

Husband and I took our out-of-town guests to one of our favorite local spots: Norfolk Botanical Garden.

I love the variety of things they have growing in every season and expanse that the garden covers–we’re rarely able to see the whole thing in just one visit. Plus, everything that is growing outdoors can be grown in our climate, which means that we can get some inspiration for our own landscaping. Granted, we don’t own a house yet, so we’re not going to sink a lot of money into these beautiful plants just yet. But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream.

We both love Japanese maple trees.
We both love Japanese maple trees, and I’m especially partial to the red variety. Cannot wait to plant a few of these when we have our own home!

Miniature calla lilies.
Miniature calla lilies are some of my favorite flowers, hence my bridal bouquet…

My bridal bouquet

Black bamboo.
Husband and I both love bamboo, and this black variety is certainly appealing. We just have to figure out a way to keep it from becoming invasive!

Thistles
Oddly enough, thistles have been a favorite of mine since I was very young. I’d love to have a few of these.

Mondo grass.
Mondo grass is pretty cool.

Pineapple lilies.
This is the first I’d ever heard of pineapple lilies, but I love them!

New Guinea Impatiens
And last, but not least, these New Guinea impatiens were colorful but understated, just the way I like it =).

Dear Monday…

Dear Monday…

Dear Monday,
Dawn came early and cool today. It doesn’t feel like June at all, but I suppose it just gives a little refreshing variety to life here in Virginia Beach.

Dear Norfolk Botanical Garden,
Thank you for lending us a shady spot of grass for our Sunday afternoon picnic. You couldn’t have been more hospitable.

Picnic at Botanical Gardens

Picnicking with friends.

Dear Little Nephew,
I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to the moment you join the world tomorrow. You are precious and loved, little one.

Dear Husband,
I cherished having a whole day with you yesterday… I wish those weren’t so few and far between. I know this is a stage of life that we are going through–one that includes a lot of long hours and little rest. But thanks for giving me priority on Sunday as we rest and spend time with each other and with our Lord.

Me and Husband.

Dear Friends,
Husband and I know without a doubt that we are called to offer our hospitality to our friends and family, especially those in need of respite. We were so honored to be able to offer you a little peace and serenity, even if the weekend was all too brief. We truly hope you will come back again when you need a little more refreshing.

Sincerely,
Holly


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Dear Monday…

Dear Monday…

Dear Monday,
Why do you come so soon? I try not to dislike you, but you are making it hard.

Dear Weekend,
I loved you, I will miss you. You gave me memories, and I do love memories. Friday started off a little rocky (somehow disasters always happen on weekends, or just before holidays…so a good chunk of my holiday was spent working from home to help victims of last week’s tornadoes in Texas. Of course, I really can’t complain, hundreds of families lost their homes, my sacrifice is so small in comparison.).

But the weekend included so much productivity too (and I do love productive weekends), like vaccinations and dental work for Chappy, cleaning the house, FINALLY figuring out the trick to making our washing machine run (all I have to do is slam the lid as hard as possible, and voila, it works!), cleaning the suggie cage, hanging art/posters/photos in the upstairs guest rooms and hallway (we live on the first floor, so we’ve kind of ignored the second floor since we moved in last year…).

The weekend was also enjoyable: a Saturday morning stroll through antique and thrift stores in Norfolk with a good friend I rarely see; making it to church on time (Husband ushering has a lot to do with our new-found punctuality); an Easter picnic and walk through Norfolk Botanical Garden (thanks to my MIL for a season pass!); a long walk around Oak Grove Lake with the puppy; sipping hot tea on the porch swing while the breeze fluttered through our new wind chimes; lots of conversations, dreams, and plans with Husband; and snuggling up to watch Winnie-the-Pooh Sunday night.

Tulips at Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Oak Grove Lake Park

Dear Life,
Sometimes I complain, I grumble, I get stressed out, but in the end, I love you. I really do.

Puppy exploring the lake.

Sincerely,
Holly

Flowers at the botanical garden.


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