Fuel Your Creativity with Eileen Rife

Today, Eileen Rife is sharing about making wreaths and the one of the little helpers she’s had.

 Wreath with a wreath

I’m well aware I’m not the only one who enjoys designing wreaths. This became all too apparent when one day I walked outside to look at my new creation hanging by the door, only to discover a surprise. Someone else had added her touch to my wreath.

Nicely nestled between the lavender and white lilacs, greenery, and ribbon, was a bird’s nest.  Standing on my flower urn, I peeked inside. Three blue eggs rested on the woven twigs and grass.

The robin had so beautifully arranged her nest among the other items decorating the wreath that I decided to leave the nest intact.  Now, three years later, other birds take up residence in the nest/wreath, laying eggs and launching new birds into the wild.

Little did I know when I designed my spring wreath that God would use one of His gentle creatures to add a seasonal touch to the design.

I guess you could say, Mrs. Robin and I are birds of a feather, since we both like to use twigs and leaves to create.


What a great story! Check out Eileen’s book:


Laughing with Lily book cover

A long-buried secret.

An unexpected encounter.

A quest for answers.


Celeste Tatem, a special-education teacher at The Brighton Center in Schreiber, Indiana, couldn’t be more in love with her husband, Joe. But the memory of one day in the past haunts her, threatening their relationship. When Joe dies in a factory explosion, she sinks into depression.

It will take the arrival of a new student, Lily, and her delightful honesty, laughter, and joy at life’s little things to awaken Celeste to hope. When Don, an old flame from college, reenters Celeste’s world, the flickers of love stir once again, and startling questions arise. Questions that threaten to rip the veneer off of her carefully guarded secret. Then the most unexpected thing of all happens….


A story of love and forgiveness

in the most unexpected places.

Get your copy at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laughing-Lily-Eileen-Hinkle-Rife/dp/1602900795/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366042318&sr=8-1&keywords=laughing+with+lily

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/laughing-with-lily-eileen-hinkle-rife/1115099195?ean=9781602900790

Find out more about Eileen:

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  1. My in-laws have some morning doves who insist on building nests in the wreath on their front door.


  2. What a lovely wreath and a darling addition from Mrs. Robin. I hope you have a window nearby to watch the activity.


  3. Thanks for hosting me, Joselyn! I bet they hear the lovely cooing sound of the morning dove, too. 🙂 And no, we don’t have a window close enough to view the fledglings in process, Catherine. However, this year, God added a special touch in an entirely new location–from our kitchen window. We had a step master (foam block) sitting against the window on the deck. The block came with a VHS tape in the back which we removed and watched. In the remaining hole, a chickadee built a nest. How fun to watch the male and female take turns building the nest, then feed the babies once they hatched.


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