Rest for the Weary: A Labor Day Thank You

To all men and women who labor to make our world a better place, Thank You! There is no job so small that, when done with charity and a smile, it cannot have a positive impact on others.

Today I dedicate this post to my sweet husband whose life work brings much satisfaction … and much stress.  To clear his mind on the occasions when he finds himself at home, he heads outside to “play in the dirt.”  (I much prefer to play in the dishes and linens, but I love using his living treasures in my tablescapes!)

As written by Elizabeth von Arnim in her 1898 book Elizabeth and her German Garden, “After all, if you work all day in God’s sunshine, when evening comes you are pleasantly tired and ready for rest and not much inclined to find fault with your lot.”  My husband seems to agree that there’s something about working in God’s sunshine that stabilizes the mind and spirit. If you’re a gardener, I suspect you understand ...

So as a tribute to my sweetheart of 20 years — and a thank you for his hard work and tireless dedication to our family — I’m sharing some of his and God’s handiwork from this year. … Some of my favorite “pinks!”









Safe travel, rest, and happy memory-making to all on this holiday weekend!  In your spare time, follow me to these great parties …

Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound


  1. I vote for the peonies!

  2. Everything is just gorgeous. I am a huge fan of peonies. They are extremely difficult to grow here, but my mother managed to do it.

    I just love how you said that you play with dishes, and he plays in the dirt. Funny… that’s probably what you both did as children, too.

    Great post. Great PINK post!!

  3. I just LOVE all of your flowers. My husband plays in the dirt by trade (he farms) but I love to play in the dirt and the dishes. (However, I do wash between the two). I wish my garden was a lovely as yours. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Gorgeous! Thank your husband for blessing all of us tonight! 🙂

    hApPy PiNk SaTuRdAy!

  5. OMG! Stunning photos! All of the flowers are so beautiful!!

  6. Hi,Thanks for to visit my blog. I’m very glad you know my country. We’re lucky we live in special countries. Do you speak Portuguese? I have a hard time to explain myself in English.But ,I try.I am also a follower of your blog.Hugs.

  7. How gorgeous and delightful!

    Welcome to Pink Saturday.


  8. Happy Pink Saturday! I love your pink flowers! I am thinking of more tulips for the spring garden – can’t wait to get some – I love peonies and hydrangeas! Such beauty! Thanks for sharing,

  9. This is a beautiful post. I love those stunning flowers!

    Thanks so much for visiting my Christmas blog-it is so lovely to “meet” you!

    Best wishes,

  10. I want them ALL!!! They are exquisite.

    Have a beautiful safe holiday weekend.
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  11. Love your garden pinks!!! You are such a talented lady! Love your tablescape ideas too! Thanks for sharing your many talents with us.
    This Monday I’m starting a ‘Meet Someone New Monday’ post and will feature different blogs. Can I feature you on one of my Mondays? I just love your blog.
    ~ Julie

  12. This is beautiful. I am hosting a 50 dollar CSN Giveaway on my blog. I would love for you to stop by. Thanks Anu!

  13. Love those peonies!!

  14. Such a very beautiful flowers. I also planted these flowers in my flower garden. Have a beautiful safe holiday weekend.