Tag Archives: Mother’s Day

Smell the Roses

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Smell the Roses

Sunday, for Mother’s Day, my daughter Katie suggested we visit the Rose Garden at Mesa Community College. We’ve gone there together before, and it’s always fun to photograph and enjoy the 9,000 rose bushes. We made it about halfway through the five-acre garden.

We were there from about 11:00 until 12:15. Although it was a bright, sunny day, some parts of the garden are shady. The blooms ranged from closed buds to full-blown blossoms and everywhere in between. This time I was most attracted to the orangey roses (several different varieties), so that’s why they’re so over-represented in the photographs below. If you want to see more colors, click on the link in the paragraph above.

If you look closely, you may discover a visitor or two.

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I have no idea what this lovely tree is. Do you know?
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This structure is a bus stop.
The mask around my neck will remind me this was taken toward the end (please!) of the pandemic. Don’t worry, we’re both vaccinated. Photo by Katie Huelsenbeck

I’m also counting this post as a Flower-of-the-Day entry.

From the Creator’s Heart #306

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As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you, and you will be comforted over Jerusalem (Isaiah 66:13).

From the Creator’s Heart #254

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He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord (Psalm 113:9).

From the Creator’s Heart #202

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Image 5-14-18 at 3.00 PM

Life Lessons Learned from my Parents

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This article first appeared on Doing Life Together.

Mom and Dad

My parents on their wedding day, 1951.

Mom passed away in 2004, Dad in 2013. I miss them every day.

In this season between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I would like to honor my parents by enumerating the ways they made me what I am.

My parents taught me:

To work hard. Whatever chores they assigned me, I was expected to do them well, without complaining, and be happy that I was contributing to my family. (I often disappointed them by not complying with the no complaining and happiness stipulations.) My father worked long hours and sometimes worked a second job to support our family. He worked so hard at his baking job that he eventually became a partner in the business.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

From the Creator’s Heart #150

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From the Creator’s Heart #150

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalm 127:3 KJV).