“…to please the eye and gladden the heart….””

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March 3, 2015

Last night we received two more inches of snow followed by a slick sheet of freezing rain this morning. Gazing out  the window at the packed, foot deep blanket of white on the lawn and the foothills created by the snowplows on the curbs and street corners, it is apparent that winter is not packing up and leaving any time soon.  Oh, I don’t mind winter so much, but by March my soul is longing for more light and a break from the monochromatic grey-scale landscape.

A trip to the Orchid Show at the Botanic Gardens was just what the doctor ordered today.  The green houses were so welcoming with vibrant color and  the soft, fresh scent of flowers and  living things.  It was fun to learn more about orchids (and discover why mine have met an early demise). The variety was amazing.

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I also took a stroll through the arid desert-scape green house, which I usually do not prefer to spend much time in.  Today I found so much beauty there.

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“Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.”                      D&C   59:18,19

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I am full of gratitude today (and frequently) for the beauty of the earth and the power that beauty has to lift my spirits, inspire me and fill my soul with peace.

Love,   Mom

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