About Wendy L. Macdonald

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I’m a writer, poet, and nature lover.

I also enjoy expressing myself through photography.

 Creation has a lot to say

My prose and poems are a small sampling of nature’s words.

I’m a Christian that loves reading the Bible…

so you’ll find a few Scripture verses woven into this blog.

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Here’s a picture of our organic vegetable garden.

 My husband, Ian, and I can sit on a nearby bench to watch it grow.

We live in a small town on .77 acre with a 1940’s character house

that creaks and groans as much as our golden year bones do.

We share our home with our three favorite people on the planet.

Our two sons and one daughter are blessings from our Heavenly Father

after having been through 12 years of infertility.

We’re a close-knit homeschool family.

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Thank you for your visit.

 Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

I’d love it if you subscribed to my monthly newsletter here:

Wendy’s Blog Newsletter

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My faith is not shallow because I’ve been rescued from the deep.

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I can be reached at: purselanestudio@gmail.com  

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310 thoughts on “About Wendy L. Macdonald

  1. Hello! Wendy, Hope you had a Good Day and wishing you all the best for life!
    I’m Robin, 19, from robinsimpressions- a blogger, Artist, and your fellow brother in Christ.
    As I read your post ‘Stop and Smell the roses’, reblogged by Yoshiko, I thought I’d drop by. Your site is amazing and the tagline:”My faith is not shallow, because I’ve been rescued from the deep” caught my attention.
    Can’t wait a moment to give you a +Follow. May God bless you! Amen.
    If you like, please visit by and take a moment to share a word or two!
    -Shine and Smile
    robin

    1. Robin, I look forward to checking out your blog. It’s always a joy to meet other believers who are also artists. The arts is something our family cherishes (writing, drawing, music etc.). I’ll be over for a blog visit soon. Blessings. ❀

  2. Hi Wendy! Just spent some time in your very special space here. It is filled with beauty. And, I want to thank you for always looking in on my blog. You are a dear. So much is very special about what you share with your followers. Hugs, Margie

    1. Margie, thank you for visiting me back. I think I found out about your blog from Ellen’s blog. I really enjoy the lovely paintings you both do. I began a haiga blog last year with just a simple haiku and watercolor pencil sketch (I’m a newbie with watercolors). I was inspired by all the lovely art blogs I was seeing (ones like yours). It’s called The Sketchy Poet. http://thesketchypoet.wordpress.com Blessings & hugs ~ Wendy ❀

      1. I am sooo excited about your “Sketchy Poet” Blog!! It’s delightful. Want to follow, but having trouble with Feedly. Going to find new app to read blogs. Do you have a favorite? Just having issues with Feedly lately.

        1. Thank you, Margie. I just use the WordPress reader, and I bookmark some blogs. Following by e-mail got too much for me, and I ended up with thousands of e-mails in my box. Sadly, I miss many lovely posts–but I do a catch up on my favorites every once in awhile. It beats having a full mailbox all the time. ❀

          1. Totally agree. Gave up on that long ago. And, we have to really pick and chose favorites as it is endless. One can only spend so much time in front of the screen. xx

  3. What a delightful and interesting About. You are and your husband in the little that I read about you seem to be the kind of people anyone would want to have as neighbors.

    1. Marcia, thank you for thinking of me and my blog. By the way, I’m really enjoying your Facebook posts. I love your sense of humor. I’m hoping to read one of your novels soon since my hubby has ordered a Kindle reader for me. I don’t like reading too much on the computer screen. ❀

      1. Hi, Wendy! You are most welcome. Hope you’ll be able to participate, but if not, I’m still glad to share your blog with my followers. Oh, I’m glad you are getting a Kindle. I love my Paperwhite SO much, because it isn’t backlit like a computer screen or smartphone, so it doesn’t bother my tired old eyes so much. If you do read one of my novels, I hope you’ll enjoy it. I’m about halfway through the sequel to Wake-Robin Ridge right now, and have the sequel to Swamp Ghosts planned out and the first chapter done. 🙂 Have a great week, Wendy!

        1. PS…forgot to thank you for your comments about my Facebook page. I do have fun with it, for sure. Still crazy after all these years! 😉

  4. Dear Wendy, what a delight to meet you and I thank you so very much for coming over to my blog. I adore your veggie garden, what a delight to feast upon your beautiful photos. I found as my blog developed that the poetry I used to write when younger developed its creative outlet once again, together with my photographs which, until I started blogging, were for my own and my family’s pleasure, never in a million years expecting to be sharing them here! I do feel so refreshed, comforted and calm having spent a few moments over here with you. I look forward to spending many more…God bless you… Sherri 🙂

    1. Thank you, Sherri, for returning the visit. I found out about your blog on Seyi’s recent blogpost. It’s such a pleasure to meet another Christian writer. Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

      1. How lovely, and yes, it really is, I knew just by reading your delightful poems that you are a woman who knows the Lord. I’m thrilled to have met you.
        Blessings to you too Wendy… 😀

  5. Wow! Love your page! I just wanted to say hello and to thank you for liking my post “Today.”
    I can already tell that I’m really going to enjoy your blog for all the beautiful poetry and photos!
    Thanks again!

    1. Thank you, Cali. It’s so nice to meet you. I like what you said in your blogpost: “We just have to show up.”

      There’s nothing more comforting than knowing we don’t walk alone–ever. ❀

    1. Thank you, Susan. It’s so nice to meet you. Nature is a wonderful comforter. It bears the signature of the ‘God of all comfort’. I will be visiting your blog too.

  6. Happy Easter, Wendy! I was wondering if you would be interested in participating in a Blog Tour on the writing process. Long story short, you would answer 4 questions about what you’re writing and your writing process and then pass the torch onto 3 other writers. Let me know. Will send details if you’re interested.

    Jennifer

  7. Wendy, Can you send me an email, I have an idea to run by you and can’t see a contact address here. Thank you! My email connected to WP is fine. Happy Weekend, G

  8. Your organic garden looks great! My Grandma has a small veggie garden and it’s always fun to pick the snow peas, cherry tomatoes and ward off the snails =)

  9. Was just thinking I’d like to share my book, Summer Magic, with you, even if you don’t have time to visit my Facebook page. If you’ll email me your address, I’ll be happy to send you a free download. I can be reached at mmeara@cfl.rr.com It will be fun to give it to someone who really enjoys poetry. Have a great evening. 🙂

  10. Oh, I didn’t know about carrots. Was thinking the other day they’d be fun to grow, especially the little ones that come in different colors. I think they would be a winter crop down here, and it’s probably too late to try them. Most root crops are. Actually, most veggies are winter crops here. Summer is for okra and field peas, and maybe bush beans. Onions, lettuces, and lots of other stuff is better in the cool weather, so the heat doesn’t do them in, or make them bolt. Hope you’ll post more pictures of your garden. My garden blog is sadly behind right now (I’ve been writing) but stop by Who’s Your Granny if you’d like to see some pics: http://www.mmeara.wordpress.com Be sure to say hi! (You might have to scroll to find the best garden pics, or use the category list on the right side)

  11. Been meaning to stop by and look things over since you commented on Bookin’ It the other day. Lovely blog! I’m very impressed with your beautiful organic garden. I’m hoping to start my winter/spring clean up in mine (here in central Florida) next week. I don’t do veggies, but I love seeing a well tended garden full of them. I’m more into butterfly gardening and herbs, and roses. Kind of eclectic cottage garden. I very much enjoyed your poetry and drawings, too. I’ll be back! And hope to see you again on Bookin’ It, as well. Have a great remainder of the week.

    1. Thank you, Marcia, for the lovely comment. Just today, I was thinking about my vegetable garden and even considering planting a bunch of flowers for drying this year, as a break from vegetables. It would be the first year in over 20 that I would only grow flowers. Somehow I think I’ll probably chicken out and still grow veggies. It’s fun to dream and know that I have a choice – at least for now. A butterfly garden sounds like a wonderful idea too…

      1. Have you ever tried growing companion flowers with your veggies. I’ve heard marigolds are wonderful to grow with tomatoes, keeping away pests naturally, etc. I think there are other herbs and flowers that work well with veggies, too. Here, the squirrels get my tomatoes. The one vegetable that I do have good luck with is fennel. It often gets six to seven feet high. I’ve never eaten it, though. I grow it as a host plant for swallowtail butterflies, who love it. I like how it looks, too, with wide yellow umbrels of tiny blooms, and beautiful, feathery leaves. Gardening is so restorative for the soul, isn’t it?

        1. I agree that gardening is ” so restorative for the soul.” Yes, I have had lots of fun over the years with companion planting. I grow carrots in my greenhouse with the tomatoes. There is a book called: Carrots Love Tomatoes that got me onto that adventure. 🙂

  12. You are so insp-iring…..I have nominated you for an award…it is on my blog waiting for you. You truly deserve it. I’ll let it be a surprise and not tell you for what. Thanks for your beautiful work

    1. Thank you so much for honoring me with a nomination. Congratulations on your award, Craig! Your pictures are always of such high quality since you take your time to get them right. I don’t participate in awards any longer but I always appreciate the encouragement.

    1. Thank you, Susan! I really enjoyed seeing your paintings today. At first glance I thought ‘Pod Flowers’ was a photograph. I’ve been dabbling with watercolor pencils lately, after being so inspired by art I see on blogs.

      Blessings ~ Wendy

  13. I love the organic garden, there really is no better way to regroup and unwind than spending time with nature. Thank you so much for the follow on Kerri Chronicles, I look forward to getting to know you.

  14. Oh, I would never tire of you. Come as often as you like. I’d love to be notified of your new posts as well so I can visit you as well. I believe there are no accidents when it comes to people we meet. The Lord has His hands in all such meetings. Have a great week, Wendy. Blessings, Natalie

  15. I’d love to add an apple to your bowl. First thanks for visiting my site again. I just checked out some of your posts and found them all as lovely as the ones I’d already seen. Blessings, Natalie

    1. Mary, thank you for returning my visit. I love your paintings! Lately I have become as interested in drawing as I am in photography. I’ve noticed that enjoying others art inspires ones own creativity too. 🙂

  16. Thanks for liking my post! I am looking forward to reading your blog! And I have to share this because of “green light lady”… I live in Forest County, PA and we’re the only county in the State without a traffic light!

      1. To update you, I didn’t realize that I had my links set up incorrectly- now when you click on my username it takes you to my photography blog (which I had originally intended, oops). Yay for being new to blogging. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Frances Gabriel for your kind words and nomination. Congratulations on your award! I no longer participate in awards; however, I appreciate the thoughtful gesture.

      Blessings ~ Wendy

  17. Thank you for visiting my blog today! I look forward to seeing many more of your beautiful nature photography and inspirations for my own garden. I will also hop over to your devotional blog now. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thanks for the follow Wendy. Your pictures make me wistful for our country cottage and 1/2 acre in England. I’ve put a slide show on my About page. We sold 8 years ago and have been wandering ever since. I’m definitely ready for a house and garden again!

    1. I noticed how lovely your old place was in those pictures. We moved from acreage to town just over three years ago, and it was painful. But we were blessed to move to this .77 acre full of character and gardens. I hope and wish the same for you to find a home sweet home that fits you both well.

        1. Try google to look up the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. We have ocean, rivers, lakes, valley, mountains and mild weather. 🙂 I think anyplace can be home if you are with the one you love. Best wishes in your home search.

  19. Great garden, Wendy! My wife would be jealous. She finally has a garden. Every year, for the 28 years we’ve been married, she’s wanted a garden. I finally contacted some friends and had them build her one – she loves it, picks vegetables for a salad every night.
    Hope you’re enjoying your break, but hurry back.

  20. I am so glad you found me so I could find you. I really enjoyed your posts I visited and do believe you accomplished your purpose. Your posts created a gentle on my soul feeling and a rejoicing for all that is beautiful in creation. The only thing I missed was a lemonade as I was sitting on your bench listening to your garden grow. 🙂

  21. Hi Wendy! I’m so glad you enjoyed my poem “Blessings of a New Day”…thank you for the “like”. It fills my heart with joy knowing that my poetry touches others. Also, I’ve read your blog, and love your flower and nature photos, along with your poetry. I’ll be following, and look forward to your future posts : )

    1. Hi Teresa! Thank you for your encouragement! I was so excited to find your blog. Whenever I find another Christian poet who also posts pictures I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit. I will be following your poetry too.

      Blessings dear new friend ~ Wendy xo

  22. Sis Wendy,

    In January, the Lord placed it on my heart to start a new blog post each month entitled “Share the Love”, where I will feature one of the blogs that I follow, and I am trusting Him to show me the blogs that HE wants me to feature each month. Last night, as I read your Call to Prayer, He spoke to my heart and told me to feature your blog on March 1. You don’t have to do anything, and this is not an award. I’m just walking in obedience to God’s Holy Spirit.

    In fact, the only thing I need you to share with me is which of all the posts you’ve written is your favorite. 🙂 I will also be highlighting my favorite posts as well. So that the news doesn’t leak before March 1, please send me a link to your favorite post at:

    cshowers@live.com

    I’m so excited about this. Last month, the Lord led me to “Share the Love” with Maria Tatham, of A Christian Imagination. And to be honest with you, with all of the recent turmoil that has gone on in my life this month, I wasn’t even sure if I would be up to writing “Share the Love” or anything else, but God had other plans, as He inspired me to highlight your blog. 😀 I so love how the Lord works in our lives! I look forward to hearing from you, my beloved sister in the Lord, and I also look forward to “Sharing the Love” with you this Friday, March 1.

    Much love and Many blessings to you,
    Cheryl

    1. Wow! Thank you, Cheryl, for wanting to share my latest post. It was a labor of love and not without oppression as I know that the enemy prefers silence and secrecy regarding the vulnerable in our society.

      Blessings dear friend and sis in Him ~ Wendy xo

      1. Of all the posts you’ve written for your blog, which is your favorite, so I can include it too? Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks and much love to you, Wendy!

        Love,
        Cheryl

    1. Thank you for the compliment of nominating me. I do not participate in awards anymore – but I occasionally publish a thank you post for any that I receive. Congratulations on your award!

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy 🙂

  23. Nominated you for an award before I noticed you were not accepting nominations. It’s the thought that counts, though. I love your blog. It is peaceful, uplifting. Keep up the good work. God bless. Connie

    1. Thank you, Connie, for thinking of me. I will be doing a thank you post for nominations even though I don’t participate in awards anymore. It’s my way of letting my friends know about each other. 🙂

      Blessings dear new friend ~ Wendy xo

    1. Thank you for the nomination! Congratulations on your awards! I am honored that you have mentioned me. Since I don’t do awards anymore, I enjoy thanking nominators on a special post occasionally…which I will be doing shortly.

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy 🙂

  24. Thanks for visiting my blog & the LIKE. Looks like you have some interesting writing here. If you could install a “Recent Posts” widget it would make finding our way around your blog a lot simpler. Or add a calendar. Same process.

    Go to Appearances, click on Widgets. This will take you to the Widget page where you can click on Recent posts bar on the left side of the page. Drag it over to the right hand menu, deposit it there and hit SAVE. (or Update)

    Best wishes for great blogging in 2013!

      1. I checked the WordPress themes and don’t see the Wu Wei theme listed now, otherwise I’d have taken a look at the specs. It’s definitely not very convenient to have Recent Posts at the bottom of the page, but if that’s the best you can do…
        The bars on the Right hand side of the Widget page usually say “First widget area”, “second widget area”, etc and I can squeeze a widget in that first area even if there is no slot for it. But it’s whatever your theme allows you.

  25. Hello Wendy! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

    1. Thank you for your visit! Merry Christmas, Sebastian, to you and your loved ones. Our family just came back from a wonderful Christmas Eve service at our church. One more sleep until I can see our kids’ faces light up!

      Blessings ~ Wendy 🙂

  26. Hi, Wendy. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I feel so fortunate to have learned about your words and photos, like a place of peace and gratitude shared. Your are a gifted observer of life who inspires me.

    1. Good morning from Canada, Wanda! It is very nice to meet you. My dad’s father was born and raised in Poland and came over to Canada when he was 18 years old. He married a lady of Russian descent. My dad married a lady of British descent so I am a typical “Heinz 57” Canadian! 🙂 Thank you for visiting my post and commenting.

      Blessings ~ Wendy

      1. Good evening! Thank you very much for your nice letter. I am deeply impressed with information about your rich roots. It’s a Real Treasure. I am glad to hear that your grandfather was The Pole.
        I will read your blog, Wendy.

        Kind regards, Wanda

      1. I understand. The award didn’t say everyone had to accept them, I just had to nominate the ones that I thought deserved them, and you were definitely in my heart. Lots of love to you! 🙂

  27. Thank you so much for your wonderfully calming words, especially today when so many hearts are breaking from tragedy. I’m grateful you came to visit my site and I came back here to find you, to read your words, to look at your lovely welcoming photo, and let some things drift off, for my heart to feel warm again. Blessings friend.

    1. Thank you for your very encouraging words. It is nice to hear that my blog can be used to help others through these dark times. We need each other, and I’m glad to met a new friend!
      Blessings ~ Wendy

  28. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog (maedetera.wordpress.com) and liking some of my photos. Congratulations for your nominations and awards….you and your blog deserves all the recognition.

  29. Jamie’s Poem- – By: Me- – Written on May 9th, 2011
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    In a world of barbs and insults,
    where hurt lives with its pain,

    There comes a time for healing,
    to talk and laugh again.

    Words were sent to harm you,
    from lands with no control,

    But now it’s time for closure,
    to let the flowers grow.

    Deep down it’s all a pattern,
    repeating all the same,

    Reflections to each other,
    in make up and in name.

    When nature’s highs are highest,
    with no where else to go,

    They drop down to the lowest,
    to let the flowers grow.

    In life there are always chances,
    to do the best that’s right,

    With each beside each other,
    to receive what’s in the light.

    Give thanks to peace that’s given,
    Learn all there is to know,

    And walk carefully through the garden,
    to let the flowers grow!

    Jamie Lee

  30. I am delighted to meet you through your blog. I feel as if you are a kindred spirit. Your photos and your poems are lovely.

    1. Thank you! I was very excited to find yours. The combination of beautiful poems and pictures caught my attention. I, too, felt I’d met a kindred spirit. I look forward to following your posts!
      Blessings ~ Wendy

  31. Glad you could stop by my garden. I loved your photos. Leaves here (southern Illinois) have just begun to turn, so I see from your posts what we have to look forward to. I’m more of a spring/summer person, but who can deny the beauty of a season that makes even weeds look good?

    1. Thank you, Ralph! I really have fun with my camera. Although our kids don’t like being the subject of my efforts anymore. I have to promise I won’t post them… So I guess I’ll save them up for their spouses to see one day!!
      Take care ~ Wendy

      1. I do not know whether you are talking about sons or daughters. Daughters can be good subjects if told that they look like super models and dress them up. Sons doing an activity that they are focussed on will not notice you so long as you don’t try to pose them or plonk your camera 6 inches from their nose. 😉

  32. I am enjoying your articles and photographs very much. I have nominated you for two awards – Very Inspiring Blogger Award and Thought Provoking Blog Award. If you wish to accept them, please visit my site for details Have a lovely day. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

    1. Thank you Tina,

      I really appreciate how fun and interesting you make astronomy. Your blog is teaching me how awesome this universe is. It’s exciting to see how much our Creator has left for us to uncover still.
      ~ Wendy

  33. Thank you so very much for following my new blog and for the interest you have shown. I am honoured indeed. I am now following you too, as I find your articles so beautiful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing them. Blessings from Lizzie Joy

  34. Hello Wendy, and Greetings from Wet and Windy Wales,
    Thanks for your blog’s lovely images and thoughts, and for visiting my own blog. I wonder if you’ve read the book ‘Gardening as a Sacred Art’, by Jeremy Naydler ? I think you might enjoy it…. I’ve just finished it and found it both informative and a stimulating read, BW, Julian

    1. I’ve just written the title and the author down. It sounds intriguing. Thanks! I am glad to have found your beautiful blog. Gardens always grab my attention. I’m covered in lily pollen from climbing around in mine today…my husband came home for lunch and noticed it before I did. Made him smile!
      ~ Wendy

  35. What a lovely blog you have, and a garden to envy–so peaceful! Thank you for visiting at Caddo Veil–you’re most welcome anytime. Now I’m curious about the “I belong” badge–what it means, how does one earn it? God bless you–love, Caddo

    1. You are welcome to my garden anytime, too! The I belong badge was made by pennycoho. She has an awesome blog and is a wonderful artist and person. Click on her link on my about page. She writes about the badge on one of her posts… ~ Wendy

  36. It is a privilege to connect with you here. Your thoughts about garden and God reminds me of the Garden of Eden. It makes beautiful reading. I guess you must be a wonderful human being. Keep in touch and God bless!

    1. Thank you for your encouragement. I am not a wonderful person; but, I am wonderfully and fearfully made by a God who has begun a good work in me years ago. I have Isaiah 26:12 on our fridge:

      Lord, you establish peace for us, all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

      When I forget that truth; I fall flat on my face…

      In Christ, Wendy

    1. So glad you stopped by. I really love sharing our garden. Our daughter recently said that she loves gardening (I’ve given her a spot to putter in). That made my day! Take care, Wendy

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