|A local Vermont farm waits for spring and new growth.|
|The ice continues on Lake Bomoseen as the die-hard ice fishermen take risks.|
|"Walking on water" isn't for sissies, especially as spring approaches!|
|Ice is beginning to melt! We hope late season fishermen are swimmers too!|
|Not many ice shacks left on the lake, a sign of spring coming.|
|Water is flowing here!|
|A touch of green as new spring life peeks through.|
|I am so blessed, a quilter with lovely materials, no matter how undeserving.|
|Disciplined? I have a long way to go! A saint I am NOT!|
My prideful "bubble bursts" don't come easy for me and yet how essential they are for trimming my sails and helping to "ground me" regarding my human condition. How easy it is to forget that I stand on no higher ground than anyone else! Everything in life is a gift and how easy it is to forget that. Appreciating that fact is really the center of the Easter message, and if you aren't a Christian, it is also the center of any newness of spirit or life that seems to comes with spring.
My mind suddenly recalled one of my favorite folk songs, though it started out as a Shaker song, and has since been added to our hymnal at church: "Simple Gifts". I recalled its words, as best I could:
"'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free,
'Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be.
And when we've found ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained, to bow and to bend we will not be ashamed.
To turn, to turn, it will be our delight,
'Till by turning and turning, we come 'round right.
I hope you are all rejoicing that Spring is around the corner, and with it, the Easter season of new life!
(Outdoor photos all done by Tom McMillen...Thanks Tom!)