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Feast of Beauty

Hello, my friends. Come in. Relax. Enjoy the beauty of my virtual home, while I am busy scrubbing our real one. Tomorrow we are having a small gathering of friends. Today I am cleaning.

I offer you a feast of beauty, starting with our unassuming little (I do mean little) church, and moving outside to the landscaping. All of the flowers thrive courtesy of our pastor, who has recently answered another call and will soon be leaving us. However, you can see that we will have many visual reminders of his time with us.

Waianae United Methodist Church

Double Oleander

Waianae United Methodist Church


Madagascar Periwinkle

Madagascar Periwinkle

Jetrophia (male flower)


Double Hibiscus

Frangipani in Pink & Yellow (aka Plumeria)

Waianae United Methodist Church

Frangipani in White & Yellow (Plumeria)

Jetropha (female flower)

Rain Shower Tree Blossoms

Pink Plumeria (aka Frangapani)

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Wonderful pictures. I’m glad you fit them in since you’ve been so busy cleaning. My prayer is that as this pastor is heading out, that God is preparing a strong man-of-God to come shepherd your flock.

  2. beautiful flowers, but I really like the look of the church!
    (cleaning the house for visitors must be a women thing – I always tell my wife to leave it like it is for our visitors, but she spends a day cleaning it! They know it’s rarely that clean. 🙂

  3. What gorgeous, gorgeous flowers…….I have a question, that is the most different leaf on that hibiscus, the leaf looks like an oleander. Is that a different variety?

    I love your little church……
    We clean, we clean, yet we are the only one who really notices, haha…….but I do the same thing….

  4. Robert — thanks, but God is sending us a strong FEMALE pastor. She starts July 1.

    Andrew — there is an art to “disheveled” cleaning. I dusted the bookcases and cleaned in the corners. I bundled the stack of mail and took it to the bedroom. I mopped the floors — I do that weekly anyway. I repaired a broken chair we knew better then to sit on. I washed the throw rugs because they looked like they’d been thrown one too many times, but I didn’t go out of my way to do any spectacular cleaning. We keep the place reasonably tidy day-to-day.

    Nea — sorry, I had my names mixed up It probably happened when I changed the order of some photos. I forgot to move and/or change that caption. As to the cleaning, see my comment to Andrew.

  5. Such a lovely church! The flowers are gorgeous….are they planted around the church?

    We’ve only been to Hawaii once and I was overwhelmed with all the beautiful flowers, but ginger was one of my favorites. Too hot to grow it here, I think, but it is also a pretty plant. The frangipani is so pretty.

    Saw what you wrote in my blog about herding kids, and you so have my admiration! I couldn’t do it for one probably. My grandson is pretty easy to deal with, but only for short periods of time. Someday I’ll write about the day the clock not only stood still, but turned backward.

    Thank you for educating children and being a good role model for us all.

  6. Ohhhhhh that is a LOVELY little church! I love it! I collect churches, y’know… not statues – though I like them too — but photographs – of churches I have seen and caught my eye! If I were in Hawaii, I’m pretty sure your little church would catch my eye! It’s a ME kinda church!

  7. Looks like one of my first country congregations. I love churchs like that. I wish we had flowers like that around St. Mark’s. But we do have flowers.

  8. an explosion of colours in these flower photos… wow!
    that church looks very pretty, too.
    hope you and your friends enjoy the day.

  9. Amber we have an outdoor gathering hall (huge lanai) where … you know, this just needs to be another post. The flowers are all around the property. Very few are around the church proper.

    The thanks for being a good educator are more appreciated than you can know. I am actually contemplating not returning to the classroom.

    Melli — just one more reason for you to come visit!

    Dr. John — for these flowers to grow around St. Marks, St. Marks would have to be in a tropical climate!

    Juliana — someday I ham going to have to blog about our monthly gathering of friends. We have a fun thing going. It’s all about FOOD!

  10. Yes, a very quaint little church – I can see an Hawaiian wedding there 🙂

    The flowers are gorgeous! Hope someone takes care of them when the pastor moves on.

  11. What an inviting church, I can tell it is saying welcome everyone. I hope your cleaning went well. The flowers are so beautiful, they do add to the Church.

  12. The flowers are beautiful. They make the rose on Dr Johns blog sad but we are so glad that it has bloomed.

  13. I feel most comfortable in a small church. I enjoy the closeness the energy that fills that tiny space. Your photos are most beautiful and thank you for sharing this most personal space…..

  14. Thank you for the walk. I can’t decide which flowers are my favorite. There must be so many heavenly smells surrounding.

  15. Such gorgeous flowers. Thanks for sharing them. The church building looks quaint and lovely.

    BTW, I finally finished my Alphabet Project Hopefully, things have settled down and I can blog again.

  16. Carletta — It would be a lovely place for a wedding.

    Bill — both the cleaning and the party were a success.

    Betty — roses are always beautiful, no matter what they are beside.

    Brian — thank you.

    Pauline — that is why I like them as well.

    Doug — non-petaled — and all about food. You’d have had a good time.

    Jules — believe it or not, most of them are scent free, but those that do have a scent — like Frangapani — are wonderful.

    Minkydo — I’ll be by to see!

    Kila — thank you.

    Karen — see my comment to Jules.

  17. You have the most beautiful flowers! and such a lovely small church.
    I have sunroses in my garden and didn’t know it until I saw your picture 🙂

  18. How did I miss such a beautiful post! Checked at David’s and there you were 🙂

    I love small churches where everyone knows and cares about each other. It is perfect. And the flowers? Oh my, gorgeous. You live with those all around you? Such beauty!

  19. Mar — I didn’t know the names of most of the flowers, either. Luckily, the other end of my couch often holds a botanist captive for me so I can ask many questions.

    Jill — thank you.

    Cynthia — thank you and welcome.

    Haleyangel — why do you never leave a link? Hawaii is a year round garden of flowers.

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