A lot of happiness for $4.99

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Our weekly run to Trader Joes is one of our rituals that brings happy times. Maybe it’s their catchy tunes playing, or tons of food that is $1 or $2 or $3 (how many stores have so many things for sale that start with $1, $2, or $3!!)…maybe it’s their yummy samples…

One thing that I can safely pin all these happy feelings on is the weekly flower bouquet I choose to adopt, bring home, and call our own. I walk into the store and just like at a puppy store, they all sit there, with innocent looks just quietly unassuming and obviously desiring to be the “chosen” one that will be plucked from their flower fellowship to be brought home to bring joy to us humans.

This week, my son picked out some lovely delicate purple flowers that now grace our table and join about 10 other potted plants that are brightening up our kitchen from our weekly TJ runs over the past months.

I look at them each day and see growth, when outside it’s still grey and brown. I look at them and am reminded of the hope that Spring always brings, of new life, new color, new growth.

That’s a lot of joy for $4.99.

It’s the time of year too when my husband gears up for wildflower hunts and weekends are full of soccer games and sprints to fields of wildflower blooms to hike, camp, and capture on camera the latest color explosion. To catch your own wildflower brilliance wherever you live, check out the forestry service website: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/index.shtml

Somehow, the simple act of chasing wildflowers is so easily capable of reminding us of God’s Glory, to be grateful for all things, and to keep our perspectives in order. Happy flower adventures to you!

For more photos like this, check out www.coryjoneillphotography.com

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