Our beautiful Eden roses are just beginning to bloom.
They are so big and heavy that they remind me of huge pink grape clusters drooping under their own weight.
Although they bloom off and on all spring and summer they are never as gorgeous as they are right now during this first bloom. I look forward to them all winter and every morning as I pull out of the driveway I glance over to the brick wall that runs between us and our neighbors to check their progress.
I got up an hour early this morning to finish reading Heaven is Here by blogger Stephanie Neilson.
Reading Stephanie's blog after her accident helped me so much during the time I was caring for Jeff and preparing myself to live the remainder of my life here on earth without him. I know so many of you are going through tough times and I want to recommend this book to you as a source of hope and inspiration.
Stephanie writes about her life after a plane crash where she was burned over eighty percent of her body and how her faith, family and community helped pull her through some unbelievably horrific times. She reminds us that it's what's in our hearts that really matters and urges us to be kinder and more compassionate to one another.
I love that.
In this crazy, busy world, it's our love and compassion and our connection to one another that really matters. With a positive attitude, our faith in God, and the love and support of our family and friends, we can do anything. It is possible to once again find joy through our pain and sorrow.
Have a wonderful Wednesday my friends!
Encourage one another,