Happy Passover

‘Eden’, climbing rose

Passover is an annual reminder of liberation, learning, and lifestyle, a repetitive cycle of transcendence.

The rose featured in this photo is ‘Eden’, a climber. May we also reach higher levels as we grow.



Welcome Spring!

Although a tad chilly here in Maryland, I welcome the first day of Spring! Since purchasing my new home with a modest yard near a river, I pre-ordered five roses from various rose vendors and bought four more from Home Depot. I look forward to sharing photos and tips this glorious garden season.

Joseph’s Coat, a climbing rose.

Four Weeks Till Spring!

The most wonderful time of the year is rapidly approaching — just four weeks till Spring!

Yesterday, I purchased two large container pots and organic potting soil as well as fertilizer for my roses. I have three different roses arriving in the coming weeks plus one already well-established in my new yard. I purchased this home over the winter months and am anxious to see what prior owners have planted. Once I make note of the colors that pop up, I can better design the garden. Until then, I will likely plant the roses in pots though until I can commit to a garden design. Thus far, I am thinking of a cottage-style garden anchored by white roses. How exciting to have a fresh canvas this upcoming Spring!

Despite the lingering winter, remember to be ever-blooming!


Happy Passover

What a joy it is to celebrate the exodus of the Jewish people and decorate my home this Passover Spring season! Celebrating our “crossing over” or exodus from personal captivity as well as having empathy while pursuing justice for those still in captivity is an important tenet of Judaism. As a survivor, I speak out against domestic and familial violence this year and every year until there are #nomore victims. May those suffering from various forms of captivity choose to be ever-blooming despite the good, the bad, and the bugly…despite life’s prickly pain! Moreover, may God use each of us to remove the “leaven” of such adversities from our homes and society (Exodus 12:15, 19-20), while pursuing justice for those awaiting an exodus of their very own!

Happy Biblical New Year

Although the date on our Gregorian calendar will be different each year, at sunset on Friday, April 5th, 2019, also known as Nisan 1 or Abib 1 in the Hebrew calendar, the New Year has officially sprung! According to the Bible, the Biblical New Year begins in Spring. Makes sense considering all the new life blossoming in Spring.

Exodus 12:2 “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” (NKJV)

Scripture then goes on to describe the events of Passover and the Hebrews/Israelites miraculous exodus from Egypt by crossing the Red Sea (see Exodus 12-14).

Deuteronomy 16:1 “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib  the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.” (NKJV) See Exodus 13:3-4 also.

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