Friday, April 22, 2011

‘Missing’ Gifts


This morning,

as I rounded the corner to check my raised beds,

I had a gift waiting for me.

These Sungold cherry tomatoes were ripe

and a vivid orange.

I rinsed one off in the water hose and popped it in my mouth.

And then,

with eyes closed,

I prayed

the words

thank you .

Thank you for distracting me from the


I am feeling.

This brand new bloom helped too.


I miss my girls;

I miss my grandsons.

All of our girls won’t be here for Easter.

My grandsons won’t be here either.

And I understand.

I have decided that a huge part of getting older

is being



So I am going to turn my gaze to

Holy Gifts


the corresponding

earthly gifts

of nature visiting in my garden

as well.


I am linking to








bj said...

Oh, what a sweet, smart lady you are, Laura.
I have been blessed with having my kids and grands all living right here so we are able to get together often. HOWEVER, as the grands age, sometimes, they are off to other places. We always miss any of them that aren't here...and say thank you for the times they are ALL here. :))
Happy Easter.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I'm there with ya. I won't be seeing my little cherubs either. But you learn that that is part of letting go. Letting them celebrate with their "own" families in their own way. Making their own traditions. I'm jealous over that tomato!

Loui♥ said...

how beautiful!
i too am 'missing"..
but ever so thankful..
for all that is NOT missing!
Happy Easter!!!
warmest hugs..

Theresa said...

It's hard when family members are missing from our Celebrations! We won't have everyone with us on Sunday but we'll be thankful for those who can make it!

Love your pretty veggies! Nuttin better than fresh tomatoes!

BIG Hugs and many blessings!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

I miss people too -- I lost my mother at Eastertime, so it's a little bittersweet for me --

Rita said...

I'm another "missing"! We will be here alone at Easter, but am thankful that our kids will be with their mates and will have a good day together. We will have a parade and other activities here in our town tomorrow, so I am going to go watch and participate in some of the activities. You learn to go on with your life! That was a wonderful surprise you found in your garden!

downbythe seashore,marianne said...

Know what you mean... still "missing" my best friend from HS days and it's been 42 years now. Have some really great memories, just the same.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You sound like a very wise woman...I have learned to be understanding when I need to, also! Hopped over from the Photo Feature party...I love your blog and am looking forward to more~ I am a new follower!

Tricia said...

What a nice post, it feels a little bit sad though too. Your pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them at Photo Feature Friday.


oldgreymare said...

I too am missing my kids but I am so happy that they will be together in NYC .

I will spend another holiday alone, but as always tv will run some great old movies and I will play in my studio and read and nap, and video chat with them and be grateful for healthy, happy kids.

happy easter


Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, Laura, I needed this today as I prepare for our daughter and her family to move a week from today. They will move 14 hours away and it has made my heart so sad, but like you, I will be understanding and will survive.

Blessings to you this Easter weekend!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, dear Laura, I know your sweet girls and precious grandsons miss you terribly too! Love that you found such great gifts outdoors this morning, what a blessing!

Love and blessings to you, dear friend and to your sweet husband.


Debra@CommonGround said...

So true dear Laura, thanks for sharing that wise "momma" wisdom. Have a wonderful Easter!

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a wonderful day. You are so wise to count your beautiful blessings. Sorry you weren't with your little ones. I hate it when grandmas have to share! Now I sound like my three year old grandson...don't tell him I don't like to share either.

Deb said...

It's hard to have to share your family....


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