Dear April


Dear April

Dear April

your moods switch so soon

One minute you part clouds

and shower down sunshine

upon petals open in bloom

A moment later you stop

and tug curtains tightly shut

to rain down torrents

of melancholy drip drop

and broken trust


Dear April

I understand your way

the need to shut down

and hide behind the gray

where smiles fade

to melancholy drip drop

while we hope and wait

for our faith to trade

 these tears and thorns

 for jewels on a crown



Wendy ❀ 2015




 They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

“You are worthy , our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”

Revelation 4:10-11




I live in a temperate rainforest region.

It’s a temperamental place

where the weather changes its mind

in the time it takes me to don my walking shoes and coat.

Life is like that too.

But grace rains down on us—lots of it.

And God is so good—always.


What’s the climate like at your place?

Keeping a personal  journal helps me sort out

the moodiness of life.


Here’s my latest vlog about keeping a personal journal:


Showers of Blessings ~ Wendy ❀




49 thoughts on “Dear April

  1. Sounds and looks beautiful where you live Wendy. Calgary has a drier climate. I am a fan of dry heat. Loved the climate of Kamloops and could easily live in Arizona. <3
    Diana xo

    1. Diana, I have my moments when I miss the extra sunshine of Kamloops. <3 But the ocean and the mildness of summer and winter has won me over. I'm a West Coaster through and through now–plus my babies were born here and they consider themselves islanders too. One must keep active here or moss will grow on you. ❀

        1. Oh my, you’ve brought back memories. I mention tumbleweeds in the first line of one of my writing projects. I remember watching them cartwheel down the road. It seems like a whole different world now. ❀

          1. Kamloops has lots of cowgirls and cowboys. Even I had a pair of western boots once upon a time. I miss the friendliness of my hometown–so unpretentious. <3

  2. Kansas is tempermental, too! And, boy, it can affect my moods, too! Lol But so right, one day we trade the tears and thorns for jewels, and His grace is ever present! Blessings, dear friend!

    1. Thank you, dear Marisa. Yes, it’s amazing what we can endure in the presence of grace. I can’t imagine life without this blessed hope. My before picture was colorless. ❀

  3. Beautiful post Wendy and those photos are stunning. Here in England this month we can have three or four seasons in one day; April is definitely in a crazy mood. 😊 Hoping May will be a little more sane!

  4. Sweetness, Wendy. We’ve been getting lots of rain here in Texas. Unbelievable. The back property is mushy … have to definitely walk in boots. And you amaze me … before a word is on my tongue, you have “50 bloggers like this”!! 🙂 I think I need your blogger help. 🙂

    1. Dear Shelli, some of my older posts have zero likes. It took time to get noticed–my 3rd blog anniversary is coming up soon. Tagging my posts with poetry, nature, photography, and Christian helps people find what I like to share–it’s also what I like to read too.

      I wish I was an editing genius like you are. My dear husband still managed to find weak writing in a chapter I’d gone over a zillion times. But I am so glad he offered to help (Having a 3rd agent request to see my MS has stirred up his interest too). ❀ I love your writing, your photography, and your heart. Count me in as part of your tribe. <3

      1. Aw … you are definitely part of my heart tribe, Wendy. My husband is really good at connecting missing links, too … when I read my story to him on the way to Disney, he helped me so much. I took a hundred notes on the way there for ideas to improve it. And he helped me with a sub-plot. That was fun. He doesn’t often dig into the weeds with me, regarding the book, but when he does, I benefit. 🙂

        1. One of my favorite inspirational authors, Catherine Marshall, reluctantly married an editor. I’ll bet she was glad she did. She didn’t want to start a new family–she wanted to write. But she managed to do both so very well. I would love to have met her in person. ❀

    1. Bless you, Gene, for allowing God to sow within your sorrow. I need to read your memoir. Your words always touch the heart. And you’ve inspired a haiku:

      Blooms will burst open
      when we allow God to sow
      within our sorrow ❀

      1. Thank you Wendy, I’d be happy to send you a copy, It is a raw and honest account of what its like to lose a child and struggle with faith as a result.

        1. Gene, I downloaded a sample portion days ago but only just read it last night. I got hooked and have already purchased the e-book version. You amaze me with your ability to make me laugh in one chapter and then cry in the next. Your writing is too poignant to resist. I’m hooked on memoirs now. The novel I was reading will just have to wait… Thank you for the offer–but the postage would have cost you way more than it cost me for the e-book. Bless you, friend. ❀

          1. Thank you Wendy, I would welcome any comments you might have after finishing it. I have benefited greatly from following a few select bloggers like yourself and highly respect your work.

          2. Gene, if the rest of your book is anything like the first few chapters I’ll be saying some 5 star words–like wonderful. I’ve been drawn to memoirs lately. I’m a slow and savor reader, but I’ll let you know when I’m done. ❀ The “Chicken” cacciatore story had me in stitches. 🙂

  5. Wendy, I not only like your writing, and savour your photos, but the wonderful dialogue between you and the readers can inspire also! April has been a little cooler than normal here, but the flowers still bloom. Some mornings they are flattened to the ground from the cold night, and then they spring back (pun intended). Weather so often affects us, but that metaphor does no service to the presence and grace of God Who holds us at all times. Though I am consciously working on it, I still find the early apostles’ attitudes truly something to strive for – they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for the cause of Christ! So whether the weather is wet, warm, wild or wonderful Jesus never changes. So why worry, eh? (I’m working on that, too, and my wife is my tutor supreme on that lesson).

    1. I agree that our goal should be to “rejoice for being counted worthy to suffer for the cause of Christ”. It sure beats the pain brought on oneself by plain old stupidity. But even our mistakes can be woven into the tapestry of grace. Your wife sounds wise. You’re the second husband I’ve heard this week hold his wife up as a good example. 🙂 There is no higher praise than that of a spouse (in my opinion). Blessings. ❀

  6. Beautiful post and pics as always, Wendy. <3
    I am not sorry to see the end of April here in Newfoundland. This past week has been steady rain and fog, and I'm sick of it. Bring on the May flowers, please!

  7. I live in England, in the north, where we experience all the seasons in one day. It can even snow in June! But I love it and thrive on it. I am proud to say I live in an intemperate region!

  8. Hi Wendy, your flowers are so beautiful. And you really are a gifted writer. I journal too, first thing in the morning where I talk to God about my fears, dreams, passions, etc. Similar to what you suggested on your vlog. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Tracy, for taking the time to watch the vlog. I’m glad to hear you also journal with God. It’s my favorite part of the day, and I feel out of sorts when I miss it. ❀ I’m curious if you ever sketch in your journal–your art is so beautiful.

      1. It’s my favorite part of the day too…and it’s so quiet. I feel out of sorts too if I miss a day. I do jot down my art ideas by way of messy doodles (for my eyes only). LOL Have a lovely weekend, Wendy. 🙂

  9. What beautiful thoughts and amazing pictures, Wendy! Soul-moving. 🙂 I was just thinking about how quickly my boys change moods. I love that they are still transparent, though it is sometimes hard to get a read on how they are when moods switch so fast.

    Our climate is high plains-like. We’ve had a temperamental April as well. Snow, sun, 70 degree days and 30 degree days. Rain and sun and rain and sun within a few hours. But I wouldn’t trade it. They say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 20 minutes. It’s bound to change.” Great post!!

    1. Thank you, dear Jeanne. One of my sons is especially perceptive to anyone’s mood change in our home. He notices if I’m hiding something or feeling a bit off. My daughter thinks he’d be a good counselor–I agree.

      I’ve really enjoyed seeing the winter, spring, and ocean pictures you’ve been posting (and those charming doors). Blessings to you and your beautiful family. Enjoy the weekend. ❀

  10. Wow, what gorgeous photos, Wendy and as always your content was wonderful. And I loved the scripture verse from Revelation. I live in north central Texas, but then you know tha already. And from October to June, it’s a fairly nice place to live. But July, August, and often much of September are AWFULLY HOT, HOT, and HOTTER. Then I wish I lived elsewhere and after coming in from trying to doing anything outside, I often tell my husband that if I show up missing he should only start looking for me farther north. Love and hugs, N 🙂 <3

    1. Dear Natalie, you always make me smile. <3 Maybe we could meet halfway and have tea together and go on garden tours. Enjoy the mild weather while you have it–I don't enjoy desert conditions either. ❀

    1. Thank you, Kath. Spring has definitely sprung here. The birds have taken over our garden–it’s such a delight to watch them. ❀ I love your bird drawings.

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