Friday, March 5, 2010

Faded and Foggy

Cory shot this dreamy, freeze-dried, faded rose earlier in the week.

I never knew a rose could weather a Winter so beautifully.

That's what I call aging gracefully.

Then today, we woke up to looming, pea-soup fog.

The kind that grabs hold of every limb, every stem, for dear life.

It was sunny and near 40 degrees today, but even at 1 in the afternoon, there it was, still clinging in the shadows.

I found it glimmery and full of promise.

I can handle some sparkly ice crystals when the sun hangs overhead and I'm wearing a Spring sweater. I'm tough like that.

I'm so ready for the wet, muddy, late-Winter drill.

And do you want to know why?

Here's why.

My heart skipped a beat when I drove past my favorite Amish greenhouse and saw a flash of green and pink. It was too exciting not to turn around and ask the kind gardener if I could snap a picture.

My words were, "Could I please take a picture? I drove past and saw the flowers and they made me happy."

He shrugged his shoulders, as though he really didn't understand it, and muttered "I suppose."

Honestly, how could he not get it?

I think he gets it.

He has to.

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We are headed South tomorrow for services on Monday and Tuesday. Please continue to pray for my family and for the many, many people who will be traveling in to celebrate little Kylee's life and mourn her much-too-soon departure.

44 comments:

  1. Sending lots of love and prayers to all!!!

    I am so inspired by your outlook in the face of such sadness. Thank you for reminding me that Life is beautiful.

    Blessings to you!
    Melanie

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  2. still praying. this is a beautiful post.

    Life...in the midst of the fog. ((hugs))

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  3. Beautiful shot of the graceful rose.

    My thoughts and prayers will definitely be with you and your family tomorrow.

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  4. Thinking and praying for you and your family. And, whether the gardener gets it or not, I sure do. I bet he does though... I mean, he is growing them :)
    Michelle

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  5. Our prayers will go with you, Shannan... and a special prayer for comfort and peace for all of the family!
    Marcele

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  6. Oh dear, I don't know if you've told us the precious little girls name until now but I gasped as I read it. My niece, whom I love like a daughter, is named Kylee. Somehow that makes it hit even harder. I'm so so sorry for what you're family is going through. I'll be praying for you all this weekend and especially through next week.

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  7. So good to see you tonight, and meet your family. It was an amazing time, busy until 9!
    I could see the sorrow in your eyes and have been there, please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. When you're up for it we should get together for tea again.
    Hugs,
    Char

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  8. GOd blessed with those flowers to remind you that happier days are ahead. Praying....

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  9. I pray for you and your family! The pictures are beautiful. I will be thinking of this always. God bless your family!. I am so sorry for your family's loss ~lulu

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  10. The pictures are beautiful! I know I can't wait for the greenhouses to open:)
    And I don't know if I live near you....but I do live super close to Junk Evolution:) That's what I meant!!
    You and your family will be in my thoughts. I am so sorry for your family's loss.....

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  11. you said, "Spring Sweater"...Oh, to live in Indiana again!! Ha!

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  12. Beautiful pictures!

    I'm surprised the Amish let you take the picture. In TN where my parents have a small farm there is an Amish population and they don't like cameras. Maybe it's okay as long as you don't take THEIR picture though.

    My daughter has the same smile/grimace that Ruby is sporting. I think it comes with age. Best bet will just be to catch her off guard. If I ask my 4 year old to smile, that's what I get but if I catch her laughing or tickle her I get a REAL smile. :)

    Blessings to you guys as you travel!

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  13. I hope you feel better, too! I'll be thinking about you guys.

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  14. Saying prayers for your family. I just went back and read till I found out what happened. I am so sorry.

    The rose is beautiful. I want to age like that!

    -FringeGirl

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  15. This is a beautiful post. I pray for safe travels and strength.

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  16. I thought of you as I flew to Chicago this week and saw the farms and snow. Beautiful from up in the air. I am sending warm thoughts for sunshine in your life and for spring to come soon.

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  17. your photos are beautiful images of celebrating life. i am saying a prayer for your travels and for your loss. i'm so sorry.

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  18. What a beautiful post. Your family remains in my thoughts and prayers. I will also be praying for traveling mercies.

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  19. Safe travels Shannan. Love and prayers to your family.

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  20. How sad it would be indeed if the Amish man doesn't get it, and grows them solely for the purpose of monetary gain. I must admit, just seeing the photo made my heart skip a beat and I could just SMELL how the greenhouse must smell - all humid and dirtsy. Will keep you all in my prayers - xo

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  21. Lots of prayer to you!!! Those pictures are lovely and remind me that spring brings hope and new things.

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  22. Weeping lasts for a night but JOY comes in the morning!! Praying for that joyful morning to come soon... Love to all of you!
    Rhonda

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  23. Safe travels. My thoughts and prayers are with you and ALL of your family.

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  24. Have prayed for your family this week.
    I also chose you for a beautiful blogger award. Check it out on my blog if you get time....if not I certainly understand.

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  25. Just beautiful photos Shannan...I am so glad you stopped to get that photo of the pretty green and pink!!!
    Much and many continued prayers for you all

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  26. My heart is broken over your loss. May God shower you and your family with sweet comfort and healing.

    Susan

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  27. I've almost gone off the road doing a u-turn when I see the first signs of color in the local greenhouse. It's like a drug fix.
    I'll be thinking of you and your whole family this next week.

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  28. Yeah for GREEN AND PINK -- life is in the future (I mean, outdoor life :))

    I hope your travels go well and your family continues to be in my prayers. Let's get together when you get back, it's been so long.

    xoxo

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  29. I remember stopping once at this man's house who lives there on Dragoon Trail just down from that Marian HS one morning on the way to work to tell him how much his old junk decorations in his front yard brought me joy each time I drove past (I remember marigolds placed in the spokes of an old rusted wheel) and he gave me the same look and mumbled a few words that were indecipherable. (He was smacks of my dad.)

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  30. Love the rose... love the green house! ;) There is beauty in the cold...a peace... in physical things on earth and in our circumstances...
    My heart is sad with your hearts... praying for your hearts and minds as you all grieve for the loss of her precious little life... hugs to you!
    Just Jenn~

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  31. i'm praying for your family. sometimes i can't get over it, how we can have beauty and sorrow all shoved up next to each other, muddled and tangled in such a way that it becomes impossible to part them. what a strange, wonderful, heartbreaking life. i'm so glad He holds it all.

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  32. What an absolute lovely series of photos.

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  33. Life is so often bitter and sweet at the same time...but I guess we cannot have one without the other...although that is small consolation. Sending prayers to your family.

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  34. oh, i just read back to see your family's terrible
    loss. there are no words to express the kind of
    comfort needed.

    i will pray that the God of all comfort will make
    His consolation real and reassuring.

    blessings,
    lea

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  35. your images are beautiful- sweet blessing to your family.

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  36. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

    Praying for you and your family today.

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  37. I have been very ill and have done an absolute minimum on the computer this past week, so I am behind on my friend's lives...and now I see that you have been in need of prayers for your family...I might be late in coming, but I will of course offer up many prayers for your family during this time of immeasurable pain and sorrow...

    May God's love embrace you all ~

    T

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  38. I hope you are feeling the love and support today...my blessing to you and your family.

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  39. Just stumbled across your blog this afternoon...that is a beautiful photo of the faded, yet well-weathered rose. Your children are adorable. I'm very sorry for the loss in your family. I pray God's strength will see you all through.

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  40. praying for you my dear.

    I hope that God's peace and presence are overwhelming you and your dear family with His goodness.

    He catches every tear that falls and holds us close in His very grip.

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  41. I'm betting Amish farmers are a stoic breed. Lovely glimpse of Spring. I'm thinking about you and your family right now Shannan

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  42. aaah green house. Yes please. what a sweet reminder of the new life God has for us. I hope your family is reminded of this promise and peace at such a sorrowful time. xo

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  43. I think I can speak for all the bloggers-We miss you!
    Char

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