Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday thrills.......

Yesterday I was walking into the local HEB, a Texas grocery store chain for all of you foreigners...ok, well, those NOT from Texas. I glanced to the side when I heard this tiny little voice calling to me--"take me home." At first glance, I thought I must be seeing things, so of course I moved on over to the plants they had positioned at the front of the store. Those marketing folks got this one spot on. It was a Bougenvellia in the most gorgeous color I have ever seen.....I could not leave it there. I knew "yes, indeed", it needed to go home with me. It reminds me of a hymn, of which I'll share the lyrics:

This is my Father's World (if you know it,sing along!)

This is my Father's world,
and to my list'ning ears,
all nature sings and round me rings,
the music of the spheres.
This is my Father's world,
I rest me in the thought,
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas,
His Hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father's world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white
declare their Maker's praise.
This is my Father's world
He shines in all that's fair;
in the rustling grass I hear Him pass
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father's world,
O let me ne'er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father's world;
the battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied
and earth and heaven be one.

Maltbie D Babcock, 1901

Just shouts SPRING to me....and speaking of spring, remember to sign up daily HERE for the giveaway I've got going on......TWO giveaways in fact! Go sign up because the drawing is tomorrow!!!! It will likely be the end of the day tomorrow, so more time to enter! I've got a shopping trip planned with a friend for more equipping of the new church building we've got going on. So go enter now, you don't want to miss out....go HERE....


Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Good Morning dear friend from Texas. I came over to see what you are up to today and found a beautiful post. Love your spring flower...can't remember how to spell it. We've lived in areas where they grow and they are beautiful. I love the color of yours.

I also love this hymn! I will be singing it in my head all morning, which is a good thing!

I thought I should sign up for the giveaway on today's post, but you directed me to Tuesday.

Is it Friday yet?????????? :):)

Jill said...

Such a beautiful plant...I see why she had to come home with you. Beautiful color!

Domestic Designer said...

No wonder you had to take it home. It is beautiful! Just makes you want to dance around doesn't it? Have a wonderful day!

April said...

A definite favorite hymn of mine! Those flowers are to die for!

Stacey said...

Your bouganvilla (sp) is beautiful! Are they perennial around Houston? Not here!

southerninspiration said...

Yes, they are pretty hardy here....I have to decide where I will put it, or whether to leave it in a pot.....there are some gorgeous ones here, and they have gotten HUGE!!!


Darlene said...

I would have had to bring that beauty home too! I am so ready to have some blooming flowers! COME on Spring!!

Wendy said...

Beautiful post, lovely flowers! Thank you for putting that hymn in my heart this morning!!!

Nancy said...

Yes, that does shout Spring! It is gorgeous!

Renee said...

A plant has never called my name before. We don't speak the same language. That hymn on the other hand...speaks right to my soul. Thank you!
Looking forward to the shopping trip tomorrow :-)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I can see why you need that flower. I just may need one too,hehe. It does say spring to me and I adore that soft pink. Is that the kind with the little torns? I get two of them mixed up all the time. I lost most of mine in the winter so I need to go a shoppin'.... I love Texas too,smile.. both of my best friends live there~

Controlling My Chaos said...

It is gorgeous. Bougenvellia is one of the plants that I miss from when we lived in CA. It won't grow in Idaho because it's too dang cold. Sniff.

coco said...

I need something that shouts spring today...our temps plunged back down into the 40's! If this is the south I don't even want to think about what the north is like! Thanks for trying to help me with the create a link thing...I still don't have it figured out but I am working on it!

Robin said...

That plant (I'm not even going to try to spell, is absolutely beautiful! Those colors scream Spring! It would have had to make it's way to my house too!


Robin :o)

jenjen said...

Oh, what a pretty plant. YES - that is totally Spring! SO cute!


southern queen bee said...

Oh those are so pretty, my sister grows one every summer, hers is the dark pink, but the color of yours is so soft...MISSY

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those are beautiful!! HEB is one of my favorite things about going to visit the fam in Texas. ;)