Against All Odds

66 thoughts on “Against All Odds”

    1. I know, right? I would swear that squirrel who was watching me garden, got pooped out from all I was doing and couldn’t stay awake. LOL You have a great day too, Shruti! My backyard is so filled with peace. I’m also seeing something never before seen. Orioles, who are very territorial, are now allowing another Oriole to feed with them on the same feeder at the same time. The birds are learning how to get along better …. another example we all can live by. BIG (((HUGS))) and much love to you and your Maa!! xoxoxoxoxo

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  1. Oh Amy, what a glow. These pictures, and your garden are absolutely beautiful. Your immune system is firing well dear lady, as is that same health in your garden and the lovely critters within it 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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    1. So thrilled you felt the GLOW, Mark. We have so much LIFE here and between the blue sky and the sights and smells I am intoxicated. Oh yes I am! I am breathing the freshest air I’ve had since I’ve walked this earth. Drinking deeply of HEALTH while walking in love. There is this Thrasher with a mate in our yard who just is playing games with me, not allowing me to get a picture. I will win them over. I will! SMILE!! Have yourself a glorious glowing day, dear friend. We have another gorgeous sunny day and yes I will be enjoying it as much as possible. Oh for the JOY!!! Much love to you! xo

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    1. Aw, Dee, bless your heart. Thank you so much for encouraging me to keep on “clicking away”. I am very touched by your words. May you have a really great weekend!! Much love to you! xo

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    1. You are very welcome, Lisa. Yes isn’t that squirrel just SO cute and wring your heart? He grabbed mine … I watched him for a long time before I decided to take his picture. We do have the power and strength within all of us in which to guide us, but most people have not learned how to listen to that small voice. May you have a great weekend!! Much love to you! xo

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  2. Wow! Just wow! I looove this post, saving it for later. Your blog is amazing and precious Amy,🌼 that first photo of the upside down looking pinks then the animals and flowers, wow🤩

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    1. Jude, when I saw your comment, my heart literally soared! Your enthusiasm and your genuine realness I can feel and so appreciate especially in these days when so many are guarded. Those upside down pinks are from my Bleeding Heart plant. These pictures represent the peace and beauty found on our property. I am so thrilled by your reaction!! Thank you so much! Much love to you! xo

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    1. I love Bleeding Hearts too, Tim. I was exhilarated to see them this year. I honestly didn’t think they would. Yes my neck of the woods is greening up and gaining more and more color and mass every day! Oh for the JOY! Have a great weekend!! xo

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  3. What a splendid post Amy. You are a blessing for each and one of us. Beauty, strength, and kindness are your names.
    ““Take my example and apply it to your own life. No matter how many times others attempt to destroy you, reach deep down to find the power and strength that yes do exist in order to overcome the Destroyer that encroaches at night.”
    xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you, Gabriela! So many of us are dealing with grief and anger and depression over something that none of us would ever have said could or would happen. It is vitally important for our wellbeing on all levels to keep those happy hormones plentiful. I do my best to do just that in both my private life and here.
      Bless you from the bottom of my heart for saying, “Beauty, strength, and kindness are your names.” You’ve touched me in a place so deep there is no name for it. Sending you so much love and big hugs!! May your weekend be sunny, bright and light in every way possible! xoxoxoxo

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      1. My pleasure Amy. “It is vitally important for our wellbeing on all levels to keep those happy hormones plentiful. I do my best to do just that in both my private life and here.” You are right Amy. And you are doing plenty.
        “Beauty, strength, and kindness are your names.” I believe that. I feel that deeply.
        May you be blessed too Amy.
        Love and big hugs right back to you.
        xoxoxo

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    1. So many are in need of healing, healing that will be a long process. So many still are reeling unable to fully grasp the horrors we have been living through. I do my very best to continue to live in a world of beauty, peace, and love as well as bringing that world here to my blog. Bless you for your comment. May you continue to heal and may your heart know peace today. Much love to you! xo

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      1. I’ve had many years of practicing a state of peace even while walking through hell. I’ve learned that to not be in peace within my heart is what I classify as hell. Yes we all have our own demons to quiet, this too I know. If I helped in any way to assist YOU to calm yours, then my mission is complete. Tally ho! (smile) Thank you again for leaving such a magnificent comment that encourages me. Bless you!! xo

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      2. Right at this moment, we all need our scars to heal,the scars which are always left unseen; when one ponders over it and tries to find his/her inner self, and gets lost, complimentary and inspirational words can actually make one’s life better.

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      3. Healing from my experience is individualistic. When we are serious about healing, we will attract to us the very means to assist us to heal. I’m sharing what I know to be true for me. I’m honored that my posts are “speaking” to you. Bless you! xo

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    1. Oh, Kathy! You really made my day! Bless you! I really worked on this post giving it mass dosages of peace and deeper messages. I am so touched you think of this place to look forward to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Much love and peace to you this day! xo

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  4. Such beauty and vivid colors!! The blue sky is breathtakingly blue!! The flowers are popping and the squirrel is adorable – don’t think I’ve ever seen a squirrel sleeping!! I think every year now, it’s those blue flowers of yours are my favorite – I think it’s the color, and the white with burgundy middles – beautiful. Mother is showing off her beauty to be sure!! We will prevail – no matter what as long as we stay in our hearts and see the beauty that Mother is proudly displaying!! We need to reach in and find our own beauty – thank you Mother!! Great post Amy!! Much love, Donna

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    1. Hi, Donna! I’m thrilled you saw this post that attests that life does go on and that our spirits even challenged will survive. That squirrel I watched for a long time and finally decided to take a picture. I think I wore him out with all my gardening. LOL
      Those blue flowers are extremely tiny and every year I attempt to get them in focus perfectly. The wind is my greatest contender!
      Yes we do need to reach in and find our own beauty, now more then ever. If anything has been learned by this passage of time, it is how to go within in order to listen to our guidance. I’m so grateful that you stopped by again, Donna, to witness the world that stands around me. Much love to you!! Have a great weekend!! xo

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  5. That shot of the sleeping squirrel is great. So adorable. Your written piece really touched me . I had to come back to it a couple times. Quite moving. Thank you for diving deep and delivering inspiration to us all. Have a great weekend! ☮️❤️-V.

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    1. I read your comment yesterday and have really been thinking about it. I was so touched that you came back to what I wrote a couple of times. It was packed with “messages”. (smile) May your weekend by filled with love and peace. Much love to you, Virginia! xo

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  6. Such loveliness. Are the blooms from your garden? Bleeding hearts and forget me nots are some of my favorites. I just wanna snorgle that squirrel. So cute. Thank you for the smile, Amy.😊

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    1. Yes the blooms are from my garden, Julie. All of them. Smiling by what you told me regarding Bleeding Hearts and Forget me nots. They are some of my favs too. That squirrel I watched for a long time just gazing at him in wonder how he could sleep like that on one of our tree branches. Too cute. You are welcome for the smile. God knows, we all need smiles these days. Have a great weekend filled with love and peace, dear friend. xo

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    1. Thank you, John!! Your comment made my day. I thank these macros are my best too. I’m so happy you enjoyed my Gifts from my gardens. Have a great weekend!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Dan! With so many still not enjoying the outdoors, they do not know what they are missing. I’m making sure I am not, however. Every opportunity I get I’m outside. May you have a really good Memorial Day weekend!! xo

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  7. “Take my example and apply it to your own life.” Cultivate beauty and wonder. Endure. My dear friend, I think i lost my footing on the path, if only for a second, and your words have balanced me. Words that come from deep within have a weight that stays the soul. thank you

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    1. Honey, we’ve all been slammed and we’ve all lost our footing along the way. Know you are NOT alone in this. See the “why” and learn in order to grow in strength and wisdom form this travesty. My head is still reeling and my heart weeps for what this has done to the world at large. I’m so happy my words spoke to you. Bless you for telling me. BIG (((HUGS))) and much love to you this day! xo

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      1. You too babe peace and love 💕 you definitely deserve it hon you spread so much beauty in the world 🌎 lots of (hugs)xox Stacy Anne 💁🏻‍♀️❣️

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      2. God bless you, StacyAnne! Feeling a bit put out this morning which I will change! Your words did help. Thank you!! xo
        NEW post today! Make sure you listen to the music. Close your eyes and just drift away!! (((HUGS))) xo

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      3. You too hon peace and love 💕 you definitely deserve it hon you spread so much beauty in the world 🌎 lots of (hugs)xox Stacy Anne 💁🏻‍♀️❣️

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  8. So so beautiful. And so incredibly true. Nature speaks to us, she heals and she is a constant force of life and love. I look around me and give thanks for all of that. And thank YOU beautiful Amy, for these glorious pictures that warmed my soul. Sending you hugs, peace and much love from down under. xxx ❤️

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    1. Loved reading words from someone who truly GETS the healing power of Mother. Miriam, I’ve turned to Her so many times when my heart has been in anguish and every time I have come away refreshed and renewed. Sending you hugs, peace and much love from me to you! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Julie!! My gardens really have just begun. I so look forward to all my other flowers and also this year I am planting annuals, ones I’ve never had before. Should prove to be interesting. That squirrel, too cute, right? I think he fell asleep watching me working in my gardens. LOL
      SO happy you drank in the beauty I showed here. Sending you much love and peace today! xo

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