Summer is Here and So Are the Roses!


Petunias, geraniums and marigolds!

Petunias hanging basket 2016

I love the summer, not because I could go to the beach or just sit out on my deck or take a walk and enjoy the sunshine, but because with summer comes flowers, all kinds of beautiful flowers! Of course I love all the rest that comes with summer too!

I just had to share photos of all my flowers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Roses 2016

I love my roses! Here you will see how prolific they have become. I accredit their abundance to all the praying I do to St. Therese, my favorite Saint. She is known to shower roses or the scent of roses on those who pray to her. I recently read a book on her life, St. Therese of Lisieux : A Model for Our Times by Wyatt North. I have always loved St. Therese since I was a young girl. My mother, grandmother and great grandmother prayed to St. Therese daily and I continue to pray to her too.  Here is my review on Amazon.

If you haven’t read about St. Therese you need to. She is one of the most influential and prolific saints of modern day. She was small in stature but strong in will and was determined to become a Carmelite nun at the early age of 15. At that time one had to be 20 to enter. Therese did the impossible by going with her father to the local priest, then Cardinal and finally to the Pope until she was given approval to enter. She was the youngest of nine but only of her four siblings survived, all girls. All the girls entered the same order.

She was an incredible young woman and talented not only in her determined spirit but also as a painter, poet and playwright. She was unselfish in her devotion to Christ and suffered so she would be worthy to enter Heaven.

She has helped me by her intercessions through Christ to overcome many rough times in my life. I, for one, have received roses or the scent of roses in different ways from her.

Roses front 2016

Here are some pictures of St. Therese as a child and then as an adult. These photos are from the organization, Society of The Little Flower, which is how she is remembered. She is The Little Flower who followed Christ in her Little Way.




Thank you, St. Therese, for helping me in your Little Way!

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings & hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 7 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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14 Responses to Summer is Here and So Are the Roses!

  1. Beautiful, thank you Janice

  2. Thank you for sharing, Janice. Young. Smart. Determined. ❤ ❤ ❤

  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Fabulous photos from Janice Spina and I hope my garden looks like this next year..

  4. Kev says:

    They’re gorgeous Janice! ☺

  5. dgkaye says:

    The flowers are gorgeous Janice, but the roses are spectacular! ❤

  6. Beautiful flowers Janice! Love them.

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