The Sunshine along the Fence

“Take a wood-side spring outing …
your children [will] discover the magic of crocus, snowdrop, promise and catkin;
you will be charmed that old-fashioned childhood friends are still the best.”
 ~ Mrs. Sharps’s Traditions



With her little furry kitten gripped tightly in her hands, and a basket for collecting pretty flowers, my youngest daughter skipped down to the front of the yard for some birthday photos. The weather was chilly – but she did not mind (my warm-blooded daughter – who can sleep with no blankets!).

Now, where several Autumn’s ago, her big sisters had planted some brown bulbs in hopes of future springs, there is a cheerful and bright patch of sunny daffodils lining the fence. Such cheery little souls, these flowers are! I have never truly appreciated daffodils until the last few years – now my little flower-senses just adore these optimistic and hopeful bulbs, beckoning the slow warmth of spring in our area.

This week, our littlest girl, Lavender, had a birthday – we celebrated her day with cake and a trip to the grandparents for a pancake breakfast. She was sent parcels in the mail by her other grandparents and had the privilege of skipping chores for the entire day- along with choosing the weekly family night movie (which she picked The Andy Griffith Show – a family favourite).


Life is the greatest gift that could ever be conceived …
A daffodil pushing up through the dark earth to the spring,
knowing somehow deep in its roots that spring and light and sunshine will come,
has… courage and  knowledge of the value of life…

~ M. L’Engle



This lovely little lady … our sixth daughter – bright, courageous, friendly and chipper … much like the darling daffodils that line the old fence … brings many days of sunshine into our family life!

Lavender, Happy Birthday, darling. You are a flower in our life! We love you! xxoo




P.S. Have you missed me? My card-reader broke and I was delayed in writing, waiting for a card reader. Thankfully, it is working now. Lord willing, I can catch up on some missing posts – including our baby’s first birthday. My, how time rushes by! I hope you are doing well and enjoying the blissfully new days of the April season.

April 30, 2021 - 6:44 am

Katie Taylor Beautiful! Happy birthday Lavender, from all us here in NZ 🙂
We’ve never seen the Andy Griffin Show before, looking forward to having a watch of it! We all now love “seven brides for seven brothers”.
It’s very hard to find anything much to watch these days, would love if you shared any more of your family’s favourite shows/movies 🙂
Love and blessings,

April 27, 2021 - 12:51 pm

Kristal What a wonderful birthday! Looking forward to seeing more of your bright and cheerful posts!

April 25, 2021 - 1:09 am

Rachel So good to have you back! Happy Birthday to both your precious little ones. Thank you for this bright spot of warmth and inspiration on the web.❤

April 24, 2021 - 10:25 pm

Teresa @ SF Happy Birthday Lavender! I remember when you were born! Yes, I have missed your sweet post ~ Welcome back!!

April 24, 2021 - 6:53 pm

Lynnea It’s always a pleasure visiting you here! I love reading your writings and seeing your photos. These pictures showing the tenderness and gentleness of your lovely “birthday girl” with her kitty are very heartwarming!
I love daffodils, too…our little patch of them just recently burst open – so beautiful!

April 19, 2021 - 3:05 pm

Regina Happy birthday to both your sweet blessings. I can’t believe your baby boy is a year. It doesn’t seem that long ago.

April 18, 2021 - 1:51 pm

Debby in Kansas USA Glad to see you back, and with such darling pictures.
Daffodils have always been a favorite of mine. Not only are they cheerful, they smell so good! I didn’t get many this year. I think they need to be divided. First thing on the fall list!

April 17, 2021 - 7:34 pm

Annie Lovely words, and happy birthday to your sweet daughter! I have indeed missed hearing from you – I am glad that all is well!