Week 19 ~ Saying Goodbye :)

Well, a lot of the Spring Blooms are saying ‘Goodbye’! Poppies and Irises are both leaving beautiful, sweet memories with us until next Spring! So in tribute of the gift they gave us of their brilliance and the joy they brought, I present some of my lasting memories of them!

It is ‘Goodbye’ for now, but they will be back next Spring to bless us again! Have a blessed, ‘full of blooms’ day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 18 ~ What Makes Clark Gardens Special?

What makes Clark Gardens one of the most beautiful Botanical Parks in the entire Country? Well, at first it is the beauty of the lush greens, the colorful blooms everywhere you look and the design and layout of the Gardens! WOW! But this is not what truly makes Clark Gardens so Special!

Clark Gardens is the dream, love and hard work of Max and Billie Clark! Billie wanted an English Garden and Max wanted to build it for her! This became the Channel Garden at the entrance of 35+ acres of magnificent beauty! From there the Gardens grew, with Billie’s inspiration and  designs and Max constructing it with the help of John Holder! Then you also have the staff who helped create this Little Bit of Heaven!  This creation known as Clark Gardens Botanical Park started in 1972 and was ready to be opened to the public on April 20th, 2000!

Welcome to Clark Gardens

Today Clark Gardens is one of, if not the, most beautiful, tranquil places on earth! It is tucked away down a country road surrounded by woodlands. There is something always blooming and the greens are so lush they look as if they had been painted! But all of this is not really what makes it so Special…it is the people! Max is a humble, friendly, warm man who loves people and is genuinely happy to see how thrilled the visitors are with the Gardens he and Billie created! Then there is the staff! Quite a few of them have been there for over 20 years building, maintaining, caring for and loving the Gardens! Now if you have to chose one thing that makes Clark Gardens so special it is…LOVE! You can feel it as you stroll through the Gardens with varieties of birds singing their songs, a gentle breeze blowing through the trees, the sweet aroma of all the different blooms, the sounds of the peacocks, ducks, geese  and oh, yes…the Guineas aka the ‘Busy Bodies of Clark Gardens’! But you truly feel it when you see a ‘worker’ of Clark Gardens and they give you a big smile and wave! They are not just staff, workers or employees, they are part of the Gardens; they love the Gardens and if is part of them! Without the people of the Gardens who helped create it, pour their hearts and love into taking care of it and constantly helping it grow into something even more magnificent, it would be just another Botanical Garden Park! Max along with his staff work the Gardens every day pouring their love into every thing they do!

Max and his faithful companion, Chocolate

A small portion of the Channel Garden

The Clark Gardens’ Train Station

For more information on Clark Gardens you may go to: http://www.clarkgardens.org/

Have a Blessed Day filled with love and Sonshine!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 17 ~ Beautiful Blooms Blooming

How can anyone look at these beautiful creations of our Daddy and not believe in Him? When you look at the intricate detail of each bloom, how can you not recognize His handiwork? I am so thankful that my Daddy loves me so much that He surrounds me with His beauty in everything!

Have a wonderful day and remember to stop and smell the flowers! 🙂

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 14 ~ New Season ~ New Blessings!!

After last summer’s worse drought in Texas history and a ‘second quick’ winter we have been so blessed! We have had wonderful soaking rains that have filled our dry lakes, renewed our lands and refreshed everything in sight! Last Saturday we (my DH and I) went driving down to Ennis, Texas to the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails (roads that twist and turn for about 25 miles just east of Ennis)! It was the most beautiful sight and just the beginning! Not even ‘full bloom’ season yet! So…I thought I would share some of that beauty with you!

We Texans are very proud of our State and especially the beauty of our Texas Bluebonnets! God is so good! Hope you all enjoy! 🙂

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 12 ~ A Little Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 11 ~ Signs of Spring

These are a few signs of Spring from one of my favorite of all places on earth…’God’s Little Bit of Heaven in Texas’, Clark Gardens!

Have an abundantly Blessed Day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


A New Year! A New Beginning!

Some people make New Year’s Resolutions, but I don’t! I like to reflect on the past year and seek ways to grow and opportunities for new accomplishments for the new year! I love watching God work and I just want to draw even closer to Him and enjoy watching Him work in my life and the lives of others!

There are so many things I want to accomplish in 2012 so I am praying about them, listening to hear and seeing which way my Daddy leads me! I just know that it is going to be an exciting year because I feel an excitement in my spirit!

One thing I am going to do, is post more often on my Blog! I am setting a goal for a once weekly post! Okay, I am committing to a weekly post!

Last week Paul and I took a ‘day trip’ to Old Fort Parker, the site of the kidnapping by the Comanches of Cynthia Anne Parker in 1836. We both love old historic sites and it was a fun day! I am going to start posting more of my photos from these ‘trips’ to share!

   This wasn’t part of the Old Fort, but on grounds near by! Love old log cabins, buildings, etc.

Also love trees and paths and roads! Especially when they make an arch over the road!

Then there are also bridges! 🙂

 


Fall Is In The Air!

I am so happy…Fall is in the Air! There are more and more signs every day! Hallelujah! I am  going to share some of those signs with you that I captured at Clark Gardens last Tuesday! Now these ‘children’ are called Scarecrows, but these guys are definitely not scare anything! They are cute, friendly and happy go lucky! Enjoy… I did! 🙂

Have a Blessed Fall Day! 🙂

Love and Blessings,

~Judy♡~


Do You See the Beauty…

Do you see the beauty around you or do you only see the ugly? When my Daddy blessed me with His gift of photographing Nature, I prayed, “Father, please let me see the beauty around me through Your eyes.”  He always answers our prayers! When people started noticing my photographs, I would have a smile in my heart whenever anyone would say, “You have such a good eye”! You see it’s not my eyes seeing the beauty around me…it’s my eyes seeing it through His eyes!

In the beginning I was asking to see the beauty around me in Nature through His eyes, but it soon changed to seeing the beauty in everything around me through my Daddy’s eyes! You see, I learned a long time ago to be specific when I ask my Daddy for something! I don’t want to see everything through His eyes, because He sees the beauty, the love, the goodness, but He also sees the ugly, the hatred and the evil! It is too easy for all of us to see the latter with our own eyes!

I have always been known as a person who loves laughter, who looks at the glass 1/2 full, etc, etc, but I am also a very strong person who does not like hypocrites, lying, immorality, etc. and unfortunately don’t mind letting you know it! Now that I have asked my Daddy to let me see the beauty in everything around me I find myself not noticing all the ugliness as much!

God is so GREAT! He does answer our prayers! I am so happy to be my Daddy’s Girl! Now I would like to share some of the beauty I have seen around me through my Daddy’s eyes! You can see a lot more at www.thefatherscreations.com

Love and Blessings,

~Judy♡~


God’s Little Bit of Heaven in Texas – Part III

Well, it is ‘officially’ Spring! Spring has been springing at Clark Gardens for almost a month! It is so much fun each week to see the new blooms and blossoms! One surprise after another! Bluebonnets, Peach Blossoms, Apple Blossoms, Pear Blossoms, Plum Blossoms, the first Iris and Azalea! And then of course, Tulips, Pansies and Daffodils! It is like watching the earth waking up from a winter’s sleep!

Bluebonnet-Texas State Flower

Ornamental Apple Blossoms

Pear Blossoms

Not only is the plant life waking up, but the Clark Garden’s critters are feeling the Spring springing too!

This is definitely one of my favorite times of year! After laying dormant for several months things start to slowly come back to life! Flowers pushing through the earth, birds building nests for their young, leaves and blossoms spring forth on trees! And, yes, you can also see a difference in God’s 2 legged creatures aka humans! 🙂 Spring does that! It brings out life and fresh ideas, dreams and hopes for all of us! Now scientist would explain it as something to do with the moon, tides and other ‘explainable’ things! NO! It has all to do with God! He set everything up way before scientist were even thought of! 🙂 And when He did set everything up, He knew exactly what He was doing and why! We are not meant to have everything explained to us…we are meant to love, have faith and TRUST our Heavenly Father, or as I call Him, our Daddy! The animals don’t have to have everything figured out…they simply follow the instincts that God placed in them! We all could take lessons from the animals our Daddy created!

We humans make things so complicated in our lives, starting with The Word of God! When we read the Bible, instead of asking first to have understanding, we analyze it, give our interpretations (called theories) and then argue over whose theory or denomination is correct! God created a perfect world with perfect weather, perfect animals…everything perfect! Then He created man because He wanted to have someone to fellowship, walk and talk with! He gave this man dominion over all the creatures He had created. Then man wasn’t satisfied to have God to fellowship with, so God created woman for man as a companion! So here they are in a perfect world with only ONE stipulation! They could do any thing…ANY thing but this one thing, so what do they do…they disobey God’s one stipulation! Now, think about this…God created the entire world with every living creature perfect, every detail perfect in every way! Then He creates one man and one woman, folks that is 2 people…only two! They are tempted by satan (oh, I don’t capitalize his name because I refuse to honor him in any way!) and are not satisfied with the perfect world they were given dominion over, so they disobey God! Now He could have wiped them out and started all over, but our God is a loving, patient, merciful, good God and He didn’t!  If you think about this in this manner maybe it will help you to see how my your Daddy loves you! How no matter what you do, all you have to do is turn to Him, call upon Him, ask His forgiveness and except Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Oh, yes, He sent His only Son into this world to share His love with everyone and to take on our sins, diseases, poverty, worries…everything that doesn’t come from God…upon His perfect body, die on the cross for us, descend into the pit of Hell and be Resurrected to sit in Heaven at the Father’s right hand to intercede for us! Do we really realize how blessed we are? Why, after all this, is it so hard to have faith in our Daddy and to trust Him in every situation? Do we not realize that after all He has done for us, there is nothing He will not do for us?

I don’t know about you, but I love my Daddy, I love Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and all I want to do is walk with Him, talk with Him, listen to Him and be an obedient child! I’m not perfect, but I know that my Daddy knows that and He will correct me, but He will do it in love! I have faith in Him and His Word and I put ALL of my TRUST in Him because He created me, He loves me and He will never leave me or turn His back on me! I am a child of the Most High God, my Father, my Daddy and a continuous work of His polishing, refining and shaping into what He wants me to be! I am blessed beyond measure and you can be too! You see, God created you, He loves you and He will never leave you or turn His back on you! Welcome to the family! 🙂

Love and Blessings,

Judy♡