Where Lilacs Still Bloom–A Book Review

Where Lilacs Still Bloom by Jane Kirkpatrick tells the story of Hulda Klager, a German immigrant living in Washington State with her husband and four children.  She has a love for lilacs and discovers a passion for hybridization.  What began as a little hobby ends up becoming one of her greatest passions, next to her family.  The story is based on her life and work, but also tells the story of four other women who are touched by her life and work.

The story of Hulda Klager is very interesting, but the book itself sometimes took strange detours.  The parts about Hulda are written in the first person, which is nice, but then I also felt as though some “life lessons” were forced in as though they were Hulda’s own thoughts or comments, but without being organically placed.  The stories that are interwoven are written in third person, which isn’t bad, it’s just different from the rest of the book, and it takes a while to realize why some of these stories are included in this book about Hulda.

I won’t give rave reviews to this book, but as someone who loves the Pacific Northwest, I was interested to read about this amazing and hardworking woman, and would now like to plan a visit to her garden the next time I am in the Portland area.

If you’d like more information on Where Lilacs Still Bloom, check this out to read the first chapter.

This book was given to me for free by the publisher in exchange for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.  Don’t forget to rank my review on the Blogging for Books website!



No, Satan, I will not allow you to steal my peace again.  I. will. not.  I wasted a year of my life believing your lies and making them my truth.  I won’t do that again.  I’ve come too far.  I was too miserable.  I made those around me miserable.  I finally allowed myself to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit above yours.  So hear me know.  I won’t do it again.  I will not go back!

He is our peace who has broken down every wall.  He is our peace.  He is our peace.

Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.  He is our peace.  He is our peace.

-By Maranatha Music

{2012}: Day 112


Isabella, Heather, and Olivia on the "crab ride"

We spent the day at SeaWorld with some of Andrew’s family.  It was supposed to rain all day long, and as a result, our biking class was cancelled, so we certainly didn’t expect to spend more than an hour or two at the park.  Five hours later, we finally left because the kids were fading and, I’ll be honest, the grown ups needed naps, too.


When we first arrived, we spent some time at Shamu’s Happy Harbor where the kids could climb on the ropes and ride some kid-friendly roller coasters and other rides.  Isabella had a blast on the Shamu coaster, but poor Olivia isn’t quite tall enough, but she was a trooper and rode a few other rides instead.  Both girls loved the “crab ride” that is similar to Dr. Doom or Tower of Terror, but on a super small scale.  Sweet Max found his way out of the stroller and loved playing around in the splash area.  He is such a sweet and curious little guy!

After we finished in the kiddie area, the adults left the kids in the care of the grandparents and headed off to the real roller coasters.  We had a blast riding over and over again since there was no line.  It made the headache I have now worth it!

Crabby Patty

I’m feeling a wee bit crabby today and in need of an extra measure of grace.

Everything is irritating me today, for no reason.  I must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed.

I’m hoping that a cup of coffee and a few minutes outside will help me get over this little funk so that I can be nice to my co-workers and everyone I come into contact with today.  If you think about it, would you pray that I would put others before myself today, no matter what my mood is?

{2012}: Days 95-106

*Whew!* This project is getting a little intense!  I’m finding myself really having a difficult time thinking of new things to photograph and trying to be more creative, but I guess that’s the point.  And so without further ado, I give you days 95-106!

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As I Sit

I’m sitting here in downtown Lakeland waiting for a friend, and am overwhelmed with the blessing of this day. Today is gorgeous; seriously, I don’t think the weather could be more perfect. And I am sitting here, basking in the cool breeze and sunlight, watching families have picnics in the town square, people enjoying the outdoors on their lunch break, and listening to a couple of homeless guys talk about who-knows-what.

It is simply beautiful. And I am overwhelmed.

{2012}: Days 87-94

Some Sentences

I miss Facebook.

Project 365 is getting kind of hard.  Some days I get in bed only to realize that I’ve completely forgotten to take a picture (and that is why my pictures are mostly of things in my house!).  I feel like such a nerd carrying my camera around everywhere and usually end up backing out of taking pictures of the things I do during the day.

Dancing With the Stars is really good this season.  With every new season I vow that I won’t watch, but then they always get me hooked in with one star or another and end up watching to the finale.  This season is no exception, except that the talent this season is a.m.a.z.i.n.g!!!!