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 ♡ ~

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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 9 ~ What is Beauty?

Today there is so much emphasis on how we ‘look’! Are we thin enough? Are we a size 0? Do we look young enough? And the ridiculous, stupid, unrealistic list goes on and on!

Now if God wanted all of us to be the same size, same weight, same height, etc, He would have created us that way! I am tired of girls/women so thin that they look like a skeleton and as for plastic surgery…well there is a reason it is called plastic surgery! Yes, we have become a Nation of obesity and that needs to come to an end, but we certainly don’t need to become a Nation of plastic skeletons walking around!

What has happened to us? Well, in case you don’t know it, satan comes to steal, kill and destroy! And he uses all kinds of ways that are ‘enticing’, ‘fun’ and ‘pleasing’ to our natural selves! Years ago you very seldom saw an obese person outside of a ‘freak show’ at the carnival. Then came more and more of ‘unhealthy’ foods that we flocked to because they tasted so good! The next step was to supersize all the servings! Next to top everything off, came things such as remote controls so you didn’t have to get up to change channels or adjust volumes, computers, etc., etc ~ anything to make us more sedentary!

satan ( I realize I did not capitalize ‘satan’ but I never do!) is very sly! All of these ‘wonderful’ things changed our way of living, our health and our attitudes. Next the world becomes obsessed with ‘looks’! My mother had 2 favorite ‘sayings’ when I was growing up! #1 was, “Beauty is only skin deep” and #2 was, “Pretty is as pretty does“! These are very simple sayings, but oh, so true!

Beauty is not about the outer you! It is about the real you…the inner you! The real you is the spirit you! The outer you is your housing, which will grow old, wrinkle and one day die. Oh, we have to take care of the outer you by living a clean, healthy, active life or it will be destroyed prematurely, but the inner you is what God sees and what others truly see! Your spirit never ages, it matures, and it is what lives for all eternity! So today, let your beauty…the real you…shine through for all to see!

Have a wonderful, healthy, happy day Supersized with love and the Beauty of the real you!

Love and Blessings,

~Judy ♡ ~