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Help In The Garden?

April 12th, 2018 Sears Homes 8 comments

It seems as though winter is finally over, and Teddy and I have been spending time in the yard. She and I have been trying to figure out what type of plants we have here.

If you can help identify these two items, we’d both be very grateful.

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Teddy just came back from the groomer, so she is looking quite clean and well coiffed.

Teddy just came back from the groomer, so she is looking quite clean and well coiffed.

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When I bought the house in October, this "thing" was a bundle of twigs on the ground, and we put up a trellis for it. I thought it was wisteria, but now that the wisteria has blossomed in other places in the yard, I see that it is NOT wisteria. I would be grateful for any insights.

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Is this a flowering plant? Is it an ornamental plant?

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Because I am really concerned that I just spent $200 to put a trellis up for poison ivy (or its ilk).

Or did I just spend $200 to put a trellis up for poison ivy?

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Now flowers yet, but what is it?

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Shown above is a clipping from a fruit tree in the front yard. I suspect it's an apple tree, but I really don't know. I do think it's a fruit tree of some kind. Any insights?

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Close-up of the blossoms.

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The leaves have little furry edges.

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Teddy and I appreciate your help.

Teddy and I appreciate your help.

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Prayers For a Quick Turning…

April 2nd, 2018 Sears Homes 12 comments

To start, a quote from O. S. Guinness:

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The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before the dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation around in five minutes.

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As I sneak up on the two-year anniversary of my husband’s suicide, I seem to be struggling to survive. I am in great need of a “five minute” turn.

There are days that I think that I’m going to be okay, and other days when my sufferings are great.

In the last two years, everything has changed. The first six months after his death, I was in shock, and stumbled around - from pillar to post - trying to find a moment or two of solace. The second six monts, I was still in shock but (thanks to friends), found a rental home.

Last October, I purchased a small brick ranch in Suffolk, Virginia. Last month, I purchased a new car to replace my aging Camry. In the last few weeks, I’ve started looking through all those boxes that were hastily packed two years ago, only to find that I gave away or discarded about 50% of my earthly possessions.

My memory has returned, but most of those memories of life with him are upsetting, unnerving or devastating. There are no good memories left. They’re all tainted.

If you’re reading this, I would be grateful for your prayers for guidance and wisdom and health and wholeness.

In short, a turning of this situation.

Thank you.

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