Thursday, June 6, 2013


" air....I rise." Maya Angelou

Last summer my 12 yr. old saw a bleeding heart plant and begged me to buy it for her. She promised she'd take care of it. I bought it. She showered the plant with love and pride...even named it Sophie.

Fast forward this year - April - I stuck a large basket out back. In May my dgt. asked about Sophie..."Isn't she one of the flowers that comes back every year?"
I thought so but there was no sign of her. 
My dgt looked out the window and cried......'Maaaaa!'

We ran outside. I lifted the basked. There was Sophie squished into the ground.
"Ma, you killed her."
"Don't panic....maybe she'll come back."
My dgt raised her eyebrows at me but we watered. I prayed. Guess what? Sophie's back....taller and stronger than ever.

She reminds me of us. No  matter what life throws...Still like air we rise!  This week I'm thankful for..... oldest was presented with a humanitarian award. There were other teens also given the award....teens who are making a difference....going the extra kind. Awesome to see. 
-The resilience of people - somehow they survive horrible things: trauma...cancer...hurricanes...and they don't just survive, but somehow rebuild their lives.
-Flowers - They're everything in brilliant colours and smells that take my breath away. I love them!!!!
-Spring - it shouts matter how dark or long or cold the always comes back and has the same effect - people everywhere
-And mostly Him. He's the reason...the anchor that gives me hope and courage and moxey. I don't know how He does it but b/c of Him...I will always say.....'Still I rise.'


Karen said...

LOVED this mother, like daughter...making a difference!

Chatty Crone said...

I loved this too. And I agree with you - God gives us courage to go thru things and if we keep the faith - and we go thru it - we will come out on the other side stronger.

Love yah, sandie

RCUBEs said...

I guess we have to fall in order for us to be able to get back up...And how quick His hands always reaches out to us...What beautiful flowers! Like your daughter and the other younger generations choosing to make a difference in this place. May God bless them and protect them all! Blessings to you sister.

Dimple said...

Yes, He strengthens us in and through our trials!

I chuckled about Sophie: years ago I planted a bleeding heart. I take almost no care of it, and it thrives (except during dry spells) It has grown and produced other bleeding hearts, until sometimes I have to weed them out. I love it; I expect you will have Sophie and her daughters until long after your own daughter has begun her own home.

Never Forsaken said...

I really enjoy the way you write! You bring out the sentiment and truth of things...I have a small rose planted outside that my daughter bought me for mothers day when she was a sophmore on HS ten years ago...It is still going strong, and it was nourished through a tough season by our five year old pet goldfish (jaws) when he died about five years ago...I think it is so cool how he is part of those roses now!
Teen daughters are so precious!
And it gets even better when they grow into women...and become our best friends!
~God bless~ Lisa

Joy said...

your post is always an inspiration:)
Lots to be thankful about!

Launna said...

Nikki, I love your thankful for lists:)

I am thankful for my children
For my blog and followers that lift me up
for my tenacity that won't let me give up... no matter what.
For friends who stand by me and love me for who I am..

Thank you Nikki... for all your lovely comments on my blog, I am always touched :)

Daisy said...

What a great story, Nikki. It is surprising sometimes what we can survive and bounce back from.

Love your gratitude list!

Nana Jul said...

Thanks for blessing us Nikki! I love reading your thankful lists!
And I'm so thankful for the things you bring to light! Hope your day is beautiful!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Sophie is so pretty and I'm glad she is back! What an awesome award to win, congratulations to your daughter. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Amen! His love never fails!
Thank you for sharing Nikki!
Blessings and hugs ♥

Just Be Real said...

Nikki, thank you for sharing. This touched me. Blessings my dear.

Patrinas Pencil said...

I LOVE the simple STRENGTH of this post! resilience!

Good story...thanks for your gentle sharing

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