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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

25 May 2017

The Simple Joys - May in Indiana

The SIMPLE JOYS surround us... no matter where we are. Savor the simple joys: like blooming trees in Indiana or lush mountain greenery in the Kentucky mountains or... those things that surround YOU wherever YOU are!!

We changed the cover photo on the When You're StuckInIndiana Facebook page today to this shot taken while looking east from our backyard in the "land of stuckinindiana"...
Blooms on one of our ornamental trees -
a crabapple tree :)
Cameo by our NEIGHBOR, Eddy,
over by the white barn.

The old saying says, "April showers bring May flowers." It would seem that we got our fair share of showers in April and, we're getting an extra dose in May. In addition to a lot of rain, we've gotten some pretty strong winds. The wind the other day broke down and/or destroyed the blooms on all of our irises and many of our other flowers. It also continued to beat up on our fence out back:

I am choosing to "embrace the beauty in the broken" - ha ha! The hole in the fence makes a great frame for our wonderful open country view. It also makes this coming holiday weekend's fence tear-down and rebuild activity much easier :/

There's a lesson to be learned there :)

... and now to go outside in the rain to clean those clogged gutters...


  1. Our weather is exactly the same and I AM OVER IT!!! Windy and cold and wet and gray and......we have heat on BUT I am not cleaning out gutters. Only crazy women do that. xoxoxoxox

    1. My mother used to always say, "If the shoe fits, wear it". Like my hashtag on the FB post said... #SheAintRight :D Good news, I did NOT fall off the ladder like I did last time. I actually got done without any new bruises!!!

  2. I miss Spring in the midwest. In Southern California we have had a lot of dreary days. I'm ready for the sun and warm weather.

    1. The mid-west definitely has its charm :D Southern California isn't too bad though :D

  3. I just read your "Why the name Stuck in Indiana" page, and, Wow! My husband and I are originally from Fort Wayne! It's not too often that I run into someone else with connections from there. What a treat to find another Hoosier-heart. I've been enjoying your photos on Instagram too. Blessings to you!

    1. I have NO IDEA how I missed this comment almost ONE YEAR AGO! Perhaps living in two different states might play a little part in it :D Thanks for stopping by.