All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
~Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles Schulz~
Legend of the Dogwood

At the time of the crucifixion, the dogwood had reached the size of the mighty oak tree. So strong and firm was the wood that it was chosen as the timber for Jesus' cross.

To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the dogwood. While nailed upon it, Jesus sensed this and in his compassion said, because of your pity for my suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used for a cross. Henceforth, it shall be slender, bent and twisted and it's blossoms shall be in the form of a cross, two long and two short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal will be the print of nails. In the center of each flower, stained with blood, will be a crown of thorns so all who see it, will remember.

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality has graciously tagged me for the Thinking Blogger Award. Thank you so much Rhoda!

In turn, I'm tagging the following wonderful blogs for The Thinking Blogger Award.

Each of the bloggers in my Back Porch Friends list and many who are not listed, are wonderful inspiration for me.

The five I've tagged for the award are:

1. Kim at Daisy Cottage: I met Kim through an online decorating group. Through the years she has been an inspiration. Her talent for taking forgotten thrift store finds and turning them into wonderful accessories for her beautiful 1922 cottage, is amazing.

2. Donna at The Decorated House: Donna is a very gifted artist. The restoration/renovation of her home is a fabulous inspiration for everyone. I've known Donna several years, having met her at the above mentioned online group.

3. Dorothy from Petit Pois: inspires me with her beautiful black and white photography.

4. Sherry at Q's Corner: I've just recently met Sherry. We have our beautiful state of Missouri in common. Her photographs and words inspire me.

5. Deb at Posted From Home:
Deb, is not only an inspiration, she understands the deep and abiding love one can have for Black Labrador Retrievers!
Wishing all of you a happy and blessed Easter!