I love spring! And I think spring just might have finally arrived here. The weather has been a bit crazy…beautiful breezes and short-sleeve temperatures one day and the very next day will bring bitter winds, horrible rains or even sleet and hail! But, despite the fluctuating temperatures, everything is budding, blooming and turning green! And I am never awed by it all! I come by my nature appreciation…well, naturally. My family, on my dad’s side, is a long line of green thumbs and lovers of all things botanical. My grandad had a gorgeous yard full to the brim with azaleas and other flowering plants. My dad’s yard was no exception. Our yard was always immaculate and sharper than a Tiger Woods golf course Every season, Dad would ooh, awe and gush over the latest explosion of blooms. “Look at those forsythia…or dogwoods…or redbuds.” “Did you see those jonquils coming up?” And on and on as if he were seeing them for the very first time. And, now, I hear myself doing the very same thing. Unfortunately, I totally did NOT get the green thumb gene…and I am more than a little disappointed about that. But the love – the want to – is still there. I especially love that all these buds and blooms remind me of my dad. Oh, how I would love to have him working along side Hubbie and I as we attempt to work wonders in our own little yard. The new buds also remind me of new birth – the promise of new life. And that reminder makes Heaven even more real…and even sweeter as I know I will see, not only my Tyler, but also my dad, my mom and many others one day. And, who knows, maybe soon!