Here we are again with gratitude for another weekend! I had a lot extra to be thankful for this weekend since I had the opportunity to fly up to Maryland to visit my family for my sister's 50th birthday. She came up with the marvelous idea of going up to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Most of the exhibits are indoors, so this wasn't as nippy for a Florida girl as you might imagine. I was amazed at the varieties of orchids they had on display! I'll let pictures and captions tell the rest of the story.
My present to my sister was a photo montage of about a dozen pictures from the time I was a baby and she was a toddler until the one below, which my mom took on Saturday at Longwood Gardens. Here we are with our sister-in-law.
My grandma is doing well at age 96.
My mom takes such marvelous care of her!
I am so thankful for my sweet mother and grandmother!
I zoomed in on this cardinal in mom's tree.
I love the contrast of lichen and snow
at the base of this tree.
I took the picture when I arrived at 10 PM,
knowing the snow would be rained away by morning.
Just enough of a snowball to toss at my sister and mom.
Someone has an optimistic sense of humor,
but it took us a minute to figure out what it meant.
What is a "bok" anyway?
Just read the letters, and you'll get it, if you haven't already.
The Conservatory at Longwood Gardens
My parents, brother, sister, Grandma and I
The Ecuadorian band of four brothers, Andes Manta, played for about an hour in the ballroom. During one song, it sounded just like a rainforest!
Needless to say, I am very grateful
to spend three days with my beloved family
and one day with beautiful flowers!
Thank you, God!
P.S. You can find my other five related posts here:
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My trip was a little one compared to
the Grand Adventure that two of my daughters
are having in Italy right now!
Check out their latest blog posts
(including pictures from France and Monaco) here: