Sunday Inspiration: Be thankful

be thankful

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.

If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, never, have enough.”


We spent 13 years in the Washington D.C. area before moving to Florida, and this time of year I miss the resplendent cherry trees that are blooming now, not to mention the dogwoods, redbuds, and azaleas that always light up the spring.

Of course, I’m also thankful for the beauty that surrounds me here in Florida, which is never-ending. Right now I’m watching our gardenia bush beginning to set buds beside my front door. How long before its flowers scent the air? Anticipation is a joy.

What part of spring do you most love? What sign of the changing seasons do you wait for each year? And don’t you wish we could walk between these cherry trees together?


  1. Joan Leopold on April 7, 2019 at 10:35 am

    I miss many of the Northern springtime blossoms. On the other hand, I am thrilled with one of my cactus plants this spring. I bought it a few years ago at a house sale for $2. It has now developed into a magnificent plant. I have over a dozen new paddles starting and will have over 2 dozen vivid yellow blossoms soon. My custom orchid wagon is filled with blooming orchids. Best of all, we both feel good and enjoy the good life. Have a wonderful day.

    • Emilie Richards on April 7, 2019 at 11:00 am

      Orchid wagon? I’m thinking I need to know more.

  2. Nancy Lepri on April 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I love the Spring as it denotes rebirth and a chance to start fresh. The warmer weather and God’s portrait of flowers and blooming trees promise happiness too. And I have to add, I’d love to walk through the cherry blossoms with you, Emilie! ?

  3. Shanna on April 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

    The frog songs mean spring to me.

  4. Sharon Forbes on April 11, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I live in Northeast Florida and I always love to see the azaleas and dogwoods bloom in the springtime herem it really gets pretty colorful here in the spring!

  5. Jane Dougherty on April 14, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    We have lived in 11 states, crisscrossing the US several times. Spring in each location was magnificent. In Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina nothing could beat the dogwood, red bud and azaleas. New Jersey had fantastic forsythia and Pennsylvania had lovely day lilies. Washington State and Idaho had unbelievable lilacs. Indiana and Illinois had an abundance of daffodils and tulips. We are into the tropical growing area in Florida so we do not see the typical spring flowers, but the poinciana in May and June is breathtaking.

  6. Lynn Ross on April 19, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    The first sign of spring that I look forward to and what I love the most is the tender green beginning to show on the trees, then all of the wonderful greenery that follows. I breathe it in and absorb it with everything in me for as long as it lasts, and I dream of it during the fall and winter. Next, I love the beautiful flowers and blooming trees, especially the Bradford Pear trees that line a lot of streets here in Toledo. And I would love to walk through the cherry blossoms with you, Emelie. I have never seen them.

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