Look what bloomed while we were away!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Last Christmas, Cam surprised me with this camellia shrub that I'd googly-eyed at the nursery, with the promise of fragrant, beautiful blooms by the next winter. 

I've been watering it ever since, expecting God to make it break out into gorgeous blooms. I leaped in the air at the first blossoms this Christmas, and then when it totally exploded in color by the time we got home from Hokkaido. The smell alone was worth the wait. And every morning that I go out to check for new blooms, I am reminded of these simple, yet spectacular truths: the promise of Spring, new life, and answered prayer.

This past Sunday evening, I lit all the lanterns and candles on our back deck and made my two guys hang out in the adirondack chairs with me. The most darling little boy in all the world decided ten minutes was enough time to be still and at rest before he'd like to be held on the move again. But it was still ten, lovely, glorious minutes awing and enjoying my Christmas gift from my love, who would fill every square inch of our house with my favorite flowers if he could.


11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I am coming to rock my baby in your rocking chair and stare at your camellia's ASAP. Love you sista.

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  2. I have a camellia in our backyard -- but we usually only get a bloom or two off of it. Yours looks AMAZING! So jealous thinking about lovely patio time -- it was feels like -10 yesterday! womp wompppppppppppppp. love -- lanneybear!

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  3. Beautiful! This is making me wish for Spring!

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  4. oh that is soooo beautiful!! i'd have googly-eyed it too!!! so glad you're getting to enjoy some bloomies this time of year!!

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  5. How gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, especially because it's freezing here in the US!

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  6. Such a special treat! I love you & how much you appreciate the little, but wondrous things!

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  7. How beautiful!! I love fresh flowers, add some candles and your loved ones and you're transported to another place altogether :)

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  8. Gorgeous! My parents had my grandparents' camellia bush (oh yes, it grew to be THAT huge!) transplanted after they both passed away. It fills their whole yard with the most lovely smell every spring :)

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  9. They are so gorgeous! I absolutely love that last shot.

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  10. These are stunning.

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  11. Amazing! My girlfriend set one of them as her phone wallpaper.

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