Week 21 ~ My Own Tree

Everyone is so busy these days! Busy with work that has to be done, office or home; busy with making sure that children all get to their various activities; busy with obligations! In other words busy! What does busy mean? Well… having a great deal to do; occupied with or concentrating on a particular activity or object of attention; full of activity or excessively detailed or decorated; fussy! Actually the last one usually has to do with something such as a scene, wallpaper, pattern, etc, but it can also apply to our lives!

Sadly most, if not all of us, get so busy with our lives that we forget to live! We have become a society of ‘have to haves’, and ‘I need…’! Our children all have to have an extra curricular activity! Therefore parents are running around from work, home, etc to take Johnny and/or Jane here and there! What ever happened to the extra curricular activity of playing outside with family and friends??? Whatever happened to using the creative, imaginative genes that God gave us?

Technology is wonderful! Progress is great! Unfortunately, because of the great technology and progress, parents are having to work harder, longer and usually both of them working, to keep up with Jones-es! Now our lives are more about things than they are about living! Families are so busy they usually don’t even have time to eat together unless it’s at a fast food place or on the run! And how often now do you see families just playing together or sitting in a park having a picnic and enjoying each others company?

Years and years ago I had a friend tell me that everyone needs their own tree…a place, real or imaginary, where they can go, be quiet, listen to the sounds of life around them and just think and appreciate how blessed they are by God! We also need to take the time to enjoy and spend time with those we love! And most important of all ~ we need to slow down, take the time to look around us at what our Daddy aka God has done for us and just talk to Him and listen to what He has to say to us! Your world will not crumble if you slow down sometimes and find your own tree!

Here are some pictures of my tree! This is one place where I can spend the entire day listening and fellowshipping with my Daddy! Here there is total peace, tranquility and God’s beauty all around me and the rest of the world is put on hold! 🙂

Have a blessed day and go find your own tree! ♡

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~

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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 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 13 ~ I Am Thankful

I am thankful that each day is a new day! Yesterday and it’s challenges and temptations is gone! Tomorrow you can’t do anything about so don’t worry and fret about it! Today is here, so make the most out of it and count each blessing! Don’t look back and don’t look ahead! Today is the day for accomplishments, successes and triumphs!

Remember, yesterday is gone! Tomorrow never comes! There is only Today!

Have an abundantly blessed one too!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 6 ~ Want to Have Fun While Running Errands?

Running errands is not my favorite thing to do! I want to get in and get out and get back home! Well, the other day when DH and I were on our weekly trip to Son’s home to spend another fun-filled day with our youngest Granddarling while his mommy worked, I was praying! (I seem to do this a lot while DH is driving in heavy traffic! Hehehe! He is a very good driver but not a very patient man when in traffic!) Well, when I pray it is basically talking to my Daddy and listening to Him!  Suddenly I heard, ‘Judy, start praying for ones who cross your path whether driving or just anywhere, as My Spirit leads you to!’ I smiled and said, ‘Okay!’

So that is what I have been doing! Today I had to make a quick trip to Walmart to pick up something for dinner, so I prayed for different ones as I was driving. When I parked and got out of the car, someone crossed my path, I was led and I prayed! This went on as I walked the isles looking for what I needed! Now, when I pray, I talk to my Daddy, but like under my breath with my lips moving. Therefore to others it seems I am talking to myself! I had so much fun because when someone would cross my path, I would smile, nod my head in recognition of them and pray! Hehehe! I know they thought that lady is going around talking to herself! Oh, if they only knew that they had just been held up to the Throne of God by that lady that talks to herself! 🙂

Have a very blessed day and give it a try! It is so much fun to pray for complete strangers and the Holy Spirit will direct those prayers too! It is so rewarding because you know that He is going to answer those prayers and the people are never going to know you prayed for them! 🙂

Love and Blessings,
~Judy♡~


Week 5 ~ Continuation of ‘A Great Find’!

A couple of weeks ago I did a blog on ‘A Great Find’ and indeed it was. Today I am going to share some more photos of our treasure from that day! Enjoy!

The Barber Shop Exterior

The Barber Shop Interior

The General Store Exterior

And the General Store Interior

I hope you all enjoy these! It really was a treasure and we look forward  to going back again! Have an abundantly blessed week!

Love and Blessings,

~Judy♡~