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A Splash of Color!

When our children were little, our family spent one early-April Sunday afternoon, driving from one greenhouse to another to another to another–looking for any kind of living flower I could buy to plant.

I still can’t figure out why the older I get, the faster the years go by–but the slower the winters go.  So I just needed to see some sign of life.

Our kids were getting crabby–a very rare occurrence, of course! But they couldn’t, for the life of them, understand this futile mission. My husband patiently explained the situation to them. “Your mom has a clock inside of her from when she was growing up in St. Louis,” he said. “And when the clock says ‘April,’ there should be flowers.”

I quickly learned that Minnesota greenhouses don’t have flowers to plant that early. But I was used to a lush, green lawn in March and flowers in our garden by April. So, even though I’ve lived in Minnesota longer than I lived in Missouri, I often have to find real, vivid, beautiful, colorful, living, growing, blooming flowers–somewhere!

When I need a little early-spring color, one of my favorite places to visit is the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul, about a half hour from where we live. There, I take photos of all the gorgeous colors in the conservatory’s spring display in the sunken garden area. There, I sometimes just sit and relax and breathe in the sweet aromas of the fresh blooms. There, I thank God for such a lovely treat and retreat–while I wait for green grass and a garden or patio full of color.

I think we all need a splash of color–a bit of hope or encouragement–from time to time. Maybe you’re trying to find your place in a “gray world.” Maybe you’re struggling to forget something painful in your past. Maybe you’re a fulltime mom or you’re trying to manage a home and a career. Maybe you’re a man or woman looking for practical ways to keep yourself and your family growing stronger each day. Maybe you’re a writer struggling to reach your audience or improve your craft. Maybe you’re usually on cruise control, but sometimes you hit a bump in the road.

Where do you go for a splash of color during the “gray days?” Where do you look for a bit of encouragement?  My greatest joy is to encourage others to triumph through faith and invest the gifts God has entrusted to them. So wherever you find yourself today, I hope you’ll discover some encouragement here at this website. I’m a person with a lot of interests and passions. So drop by anytime and see what’s new. The welcome mat is always out.

What’s your “everyday” like? What would you like to see on this site that would be relevant to your life? I’d love to hear from you. Write to me:  joyce@joycekellis.com.

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