Sunday, February 8, 2009

Beauty in late winter

Spring is not quite here yet, but the almond trees are already in blossom, and our little yard is covered with wild flowers. Today, I saw a tortoise creep out of hiding and feast on fresh leaves.

I remember this time last year, my sweetheart and I were planning our wedding. What a busy season it was, full of so much joyful anticipation. During one of those days, we came here, to look at the little house that would eventually become our home.

We didn't know that within a year from then, we would already have our little love, Shira, in our arms. What a precious blessing.

In two days, we'll have elections here. Everyone will have a day off work, and I look forward to having my dear husband here at home. Rest and relaxation in the middle of the week are a rare treat.


lady jane said...

I'm praying your elections bring about excellent leadership, Anna. I pray for the peace of Israel, most precious to our Lord God. While the world crumbles, God stands firm with Israel dearly at His bosom.

Such a beautiful blossom - is that picture of a fruit or nut tree?

The Lord bless you and keep you and yours, dear friend.

Mrs. Anna T said...

It's an almond tree - picture taken by my sweet husband.

I'm afraid I see no possibility of a worthy, godly leader for us right now. I only hope for the lesser of two evils.

Deborah said...

Anna, that is exactly how I felt before our elections (U.S.) in November. Although I still oppose all of my president's policies--I really do think it's all of them, not just most of them--I have been comforted by my practice of praying daily for him. My prayers include that God will speak wisdom into his life, guide him to make the right decisions for my country, and stand in his way when he tries to do things that are not good for my country. Maybe similar prayers will help you to experience peace with whatever outcome your elections bring.

Those pictures are beautiful! They make me want to visit Israel.

Jacqueline said...

The almond blossoms are so beautiful!

We have had so much snow and so many snow storms this winter that spring seems like something that may never happen!!

The children love it and are constantly out sledding in our yard, cross country skiing,playing under the fir trees and hanging homemade animal feeders in them to attract some "new friends."

All this sounds so lovely and it is!But it would be so nice to open the windows again and feel the warmth of the sun,the sounds of the birds singing, to not have to bundle children up and warm up the van in order to go anywhere!

We have so much snow that our country roads are rather like snow tunnels.It's fun, but I long for spring!

Enjoying your beautiful almond tree blossoms reminding me of the spring to come!

Dragon Petals said...

The more pictures you post of Israel, the more I would love to visit it. It looks like it is so beautiful there. :)

Stephanie said...

Such a year you've had!

Lily Among Thorns said...

Israel is such a beautiful place! Almond trees always produce such beautiful flowers, don't they?

I'll keep you all in my prayers during this election time. May His will be done.

vbacwarrior said...

This has nothing to do with your post, but I wanted to tell you that I am pregnant with my third child and we've decided to name her "Anna". Her middle name is Lily.

Deanna said...

Dearest Anna,
Hello from the Flinthills of Kansas America!

I am so impressed with your blog. Especially with you and the beautiful attitude you have about married life with children and home.

When I married at 19 years of age, with in the first year of marriage we had our first born. I was too much of a liberal minded women's libber at that time to completely enjoy these most precious blessings from the Almighty.

I will praise HIM for removing the veil that was on my blinded eyes and ignorant and arrogant mind sets.

Congratulations to you and your husband on your marriage, the home you have together, your baby!

Thank you for being so candid and sharing such sweetness.

Slice of life said...

Lovely picture of the blossom. Absolutely beautiful when we are surrounded by snow.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,
It always amazes me when I think back on how different my life is now than it used to be. Seven years ago I was not married with no children and now I'm a wife and mother of two. How much richer my life is now. We live in Alaska where there is snow on the ground for six months out of the year. We won't see flowers for three or four months. Do you get year round flower and crops in Israel? What in your opinion is the prettiest time of year there? Holly

Seraphim said...

That is a lovely picture at the bottom, Anna... it reminded me instantly of my visit to Israel, quite a few years ago now. Even then, I noted it as one of the loveliest places I have visited on this earth - and that impression has never faded.
I'd love to visit again someday, but alas it is a bit more of a journey from England than it was from Cyprus (where I lived when I went before). You'll just have to enjoy it for me! ;)

Anonymous said...

Ah yes....a mid-week break really is a wonderful treat. :o)

The pictures are lovely, & the weather looks so balmy. We are quite deep in snow here yet, so Spring seems very far away. But I am perusing the seed catalogues, & of course, I have high hopes for my vegetable gardens this year.


Bethany said...

What a beautiful picture, Anna!

Susan B said...

Your husband takes some beautiful pictures. You have had such a wonderful year! Many blessings to your sweet family. Praying for your elections.

Erik said...

Almost spring? Our snowiest month isn't even till March! What are winters like in Israel?

I haven't been stopping by much lately, but did want to finally offer my congratulation on the little one! Children are such a huge blessing. I spent the first two weeks of my boys life sleeping while he was nursing and then he was handed back to me and I held him in one arm and played a video game with the other while he slept (o= It worked out well, cuz he wouldn't sleep unless he was held, and I found a game I could play with just the mouse.

Aelwyn said...

Thanks for posting these beautiful photos. Living in the far north, it is uplifting to see some winter greenery - and FLOWERS! Sigh... My little Miriam said the other day, "I want to go pick flowers." We keep telling her the time will come. Only a couple more months.