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The Joys of Yard Art...

I can’t believe it. I have yard art in my back yard! In case you are wondering what is yard art, I will try to give you a quick definition. Yard art is decorative accessories for your yard that can come in many forms and mediums. Often times you will see a statue of St. Francis in someone’s garden, or perhaps a reflection ball. Both are nice and often have symbolic meaning for those who enjoy them in their yard.  I have always enjoyed yard art in other people’s yards, but never really saw myself spending hard-earned money on something as silly as yard art.

I have worked for 17 years on a large shade garden in my backyard. The work is hard, but I love the colors and textures that bloom every year. Red bud trees, bleeding hearts, hostas , impatiens, and even wild strawberries bring color to the dark green of the shade garden. I love the preparation of clearing the garden every year for new growth. But who would have known that I would make way for metallic ants!

I tried being conservative, placing a bird bath just so in my garden. But frankly, it was kind of boring. I really wanted something cute, something that would start a conversation to those who visit my backyard. Yesterday when I added my new yard art my neighbors had to come see what it was–already a conversation starter!


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."