I heard a friend just the other day say that May is one of the craziest months of the year. SO MANY things happen in May… weddings, showers, babies, graduations, vacations, anniversaries, birthdays. It never really registered with me that it is truly a busy time of year. Last May was huge for us since we got married in the middle of the month (16th to be exact :)).
This May has easily been one of my favorite so far & one that has taught me to appreciate Springtime. Since we aren’t planning a wedding this year, I’ve been able to relax and feel connected to the freshness of this budding season.
According to our neighbors, the woman who lived in our house before us had the yard so well planned out that there would be new colors popping up through different weeks of the spring & summer. Unfortunately, we haven’t kept up with most of her plantings & the bed in the backyard has become somewhat of a rat’s nest.
My absolute favorite part about our yard at this time of the year is the peonies. I. LOVE. PEONIES. We have one bush in the backyard against our house that I’m pretty sure are called Festiva Maxima & the flowers literally smell like your great grandmother’s powder room. These are ice cream scoop shaped & mostly white with a soft pink petal on the outside edges.
We have another small bush in our backyard that I had never noticed until this year. I can’t seem to find out which variety this particular bush is. It only produced two flowers & it’s sad little frame reminds me of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. Perhaps next year this little guy will be brimming with fat, round beauties.
& last but certainly not least is my absolute favorite… & I think this variety is the most well known & desired. I see these in wedding bouquets, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, EVERYWHERE. & I am super pumped to have some of these at the bottom of our driveway, right in front of our home. I have to be the most patient about these since they are the last to bloom (saving the best for last I guess). Lately, I’ll leave for work around 8:45 a.m. & come home on my lunch break at two p.m. to three luscious new flowers about to burst forth. Ahhh I could just sing songs about these I love them so much. The BIGGEST mistake we made this year was not staking these delicacies. Peonies need & deserve very precious care, especially if you’re growing them for the first time. Angel Cheeks is how they’re known & how very soft & sweet they truly are.
I mean seriously. They’re like a confection. It looks like you could literally eat them for dessert.
This past Sunday at church, our pastor was speaking on trust (psalm 125 was our reference). He stated that The Lord has His fingers wrapped around us & we are safe in His tight fist. & not only that, but God has Jesus clenched tight in His hand as well, so there is an extra layer of protection for His followers. I had brought a few peonies from our yard to display on the children’s check-in table since I have a ton & it was Mother’s Day. I brought them with me into the service & looked down at them while we listened to words on trusting Him.
v. 2: As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth & forevermore.
I couldn’t help but relate the petals of the peonies to God’s fist. The layers & layers & layers of silky, scented petals protect the very middle of the flower; the stamens & stigma.
Part of creating home for me is finding ways around our own house that God is evident & working, & I see Him abundantly throughout our lawn.
How are you creating your home this blooming springtime?