but Life remains
on the inside
Anyone that knows me - knows that I have a 30 some year old collection of CocaCola. Mama was a "cocaholic". She began drinking Coca-Cola when she was 13. I rarely saw her without a glass of Coke. I began collecting Coke memorabilia when my own children were small.
But Seasons come and seasons go. Things change. Life is different. 7 years after mama's home going, I'm finally ready to let it go. I still keep a few choice pieces to remind me of mama. The rest is in boxes taking up space! :( But this post isn't about my collection of Coke - or my collection of blooming things. It's about experiencing Life as God has given. Living Joy through all seasons becasue of what He's chosen to share with me
Because of mama, I too am a gardener - a lover of plants - Inside and out. My daughter recently said, "You're the only person I know that can grow blooming things in the middle of winter."
I dug up my 8 hybiscus plants...
to rescue them from the killer frost.
They've been blooming inside all winter.
The following plants haven't bloomed as yet.
I'll update this post with pictures...
when they bloom.
The Christmas Catus
has 3 shades of color.
It hasn't bloomed yet.
It seems to want to bloom
The above and lower photos are updated
shots when they did indeed bloom at Easter.
The Sweedish Ivy
that I started from cuttingsbloomed for the first time.
It was covered with the
most beautiful white
clusters of tiny starlets.
The Creeping Hoya
which I've had for 15 years,
blooms long stems with
tiny fuzzy like stars in a round cluster.
Strange looking blooms.
Moses in the Bulrush
tiny purple flowerets that sit
deep in the fold of the two leaves
that form a basket to cradle the blossom.These make up only my blooming plants!
It was the last day I was to ever be in their house. I had spent the 2 months prior - living in their house - to ready it for sale. Mama had already moved her residence to heaven 7 years earlier, and Dad could no longer live alone. The blooming Iris was a blessing from God that day - and a thank you from mama for the most tedious task I think I've ever had to endure. This lonely yellow laced Iris was representation for the ending of an era and the beginning of a new generation.
This is an updated picture of mama's iris in my garden May 1 - 2010. To see the Mother's Day tribute and more photos of mama's iris, please go HERE.
Later, a flock of what appeared to be gulls, flew over the house. (in the middle of Kansas) They circled around the house 3 times and then they were gone. There were so many of them, that their shadow cast a blanket of Grey over the entire driveway - where I was standing. I don't know where they came from, they just appeared. It was like a dance from heaven - for a job well done. I'll never forget the blessing of that day.
When the Iris' bloom (and I pray they do) this summer, they will take my breath away! And I'll remember mama, her gift of gardening - which she passed on to me - and the heavens dancing over me on that Mother's Day, May 10 - 2009. And... the sale of their house several months later - on Daddy's birthday.
Being a pastor's family, we used to have to sing in front of the church :( on many a Sunday morning. Mama played the piano and we'd gather round and try to harmonize. One of our family songs was "In The Garden". It is such a peaceful song, and always places me around that piano with mama. We haven't sung as a family for 40 years now, but it's as if it was only yesterday - in my treasured memories.
Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel or the plain of Sharon.There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. Isaiah 35:2 NLT