Sunday, May 1, 2011

Newsletter - 5/1/11

Hello Dear Friends!

© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - White Oak at Ash Lawn-Highland
We've been having beautiful weather here in Central Virginia and I've been thoroughly enjoying every minute ... well, not the runny eyes and sneezing I get when my last HistaBlock herbal allergy formula runs out.  I am grateful to have found something that works because I work on the screened porch and like the doors open all day.  We also sleep with fresh air coming in too.  After a long winter, I'm always happy to breathe in fresh Spring air from our woods in the back.

This past Thursday we decided to take a break from work for a couple of hours to drive down the road to President James Monroe's birthday party at his estate known as Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville, Virginia.  It's about ten miles from us, so it was a nice country drive on a beautiful day after a morning of rain.  The place has some really huge trees!

Well, of course he wasn't present since he had urgent business elsewhere [grin], but the celebration included free admission for locals.  His place is near Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, but I love the Ash Lawn-Highland setting much more.  Less busyness and a more peaceful setting.  Less crowds too!

© 2011 Donna L. Watkins - Pickerel Frog
I took a lot of pictures and added quite a bit of historical information, so you can view the Ash Lawn-Highland photo album which includes another visit we had there for a breakfast picnic on my birthday last year.  This visit begins on Page Two of the album with the cow.

Things are blooming around here and it's exciting to see Bluebird Cove (our name for our home) come to life again.  

We've seen two new frogs we've never seen before.  A mating pair of Pickerel Frogs and a Northern Leopard Frog.  I love seeing something new to me that God created.

Squeek has been doing well and we're sure happy about that!  Thank you again for your prayers and thoughts of her.

To all those mothers out there, especially the ones who are not honored on Mother's Day, remember that you did your best and that you did the job as unto the Lord.  We can never be perfect mothers, but we can humble ourselves before God and family and pray that God fills in the gaps.  One of my prayers if that Jesus will be the bridge between the love we gave and the love of God that we should've been displaying daily.  It's said to be the toughest job in the world, parenting, but it is God-ordained so He will fill in the gaps.  Keep praying and never give up hope!

Have a grand and glorious Spring!

Love and Hugs,

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