All of my landscaping classes have finally come to a halt. I cannot say I am any better off than when I started, but I can say that I am pretty confident that most of what I have done thus far in my own yard may have not been the greatest idea. Being from the East Coast may have injured my “vision” a bit for massive trees and budding green everywhere. I am learning to cope with a more realistic approach to what is Utah gardening. Until said time when I can own my own piece of farming heaven, I will be content with trying to tame my very own wild yard. Cheers!
Grateful for Easter and my Savior this time of year. Even though my napkins were folded bunnies, I still don’t under value what the true meaning of this time of year is. “Because Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind it’s possible for each of us to live again with God.”
There are too many people who I owe “thank you” cards to. Most of them deserve a pretty lengthy letter, chocolate covered strawberries, and a large hug in person to finish it off. But sometimes that just isn’t possible. In my bitter old age I have become quite the cynic of technology. I don’t want to email, text or “Facebook” people who matter to me, but rather send them something real. A hand written letter, a photograph and even a lovely little thank you card. What can I say, I miss the simpler days of checking my mail box instead of my email.
I have the privilege to donate my “I am a Child of God” print to the Spivye Family Auction which will help them adopt and bring home Andrew, a sweet special needs child. Visit there Facebook page to see the my print, as well as all the other great items they are auctioning off.
This is the time of year when I embrace the holiday season and dance around my house singing the charming tune “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Of course, I can easily get to the “Five Gold Rings” part but admittedly anything higher seems to get lost into all sorts of rambling rubbish. However, this year I’ve decided not only to learn the real words of all twelve verses but come to an understanding of just where this idea of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” really came from. After a little bit of digging I was surprised to find that the “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is in fact from the evening of December 25, until the “Epiphany” on January 6. Now perhaps I’ve lived in a bubble my whole life because this was NEWS to me.
As my findings continued it was becoming clear that the meaning and history of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was much deeper, richer and more spiritual than I had ever thought. Many believe that the song was written in England (era:1558-1829) at the time when Catholics were prohibited from any practice of their faith by law. By writing this song, it helped young Catholics learn about their faith by memorization without having the fear of being caught with anything in writing that could get them put into jail.
Each verse in the song is a hidden message linking back to the teachings of their faith. Over time many of the ideas have been commercialized and tainted into something worldly. An example of this is the phrase ” True Love” which is NOT referring to a husband, wife or any other nice person you know but rather God Himself.
This year I’ve started a new tradition in our family. I’ve made an Avant Lantern Banner to represent each of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. We will start by celebrating on December 25 and end on “Epiphany” January 6, with a Kings Cake Feast and Christmas decoration removal. Stay tuned for more on the true meaning of each day and how my family and I spend our “Twelve Days of Christmas”.