February 2015 desktop calendar

Thank you both to those who come back month after month to download a new desktop calendar and for those who are here for the first time. I appreciate you. I love hearing stories of where these calendars travel, so if you have one (a story or a calendar), feel free to leave a comment or email me through the contact link at the top of the page.

February’s calendar reflects the cover of my first book, The Beauty of Grace, which releases this Tuesday, February 3. I can’t believe the date is finally here! I hope it brings you beauty and a reminder of God’s sweet grace all month long.

I knew these daisies, which appear in the Mason jar on my book’s cover, were picked by my daughter and her friend from our neighbor’s backyard, but I didn’t realize how special they were until this week. I asked a florist for similar ones to use as decorations for my book launch party on Thursday, and after checking with his supplier he confirmed that these glorious daisies with the big yellow centers are “a thing of the past.” He can’t get them.

I asked my neighbor if she planted them and she said no, they grow wild in her yard. So they are natives of the Georgia farmland where my neighborhood grew, amid and around them, and I’m thankful some remain. This spring I may ask if we can transplant some into our yard, so we’ll enjoy bouquets in Mason jars year after year.

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