After Daddy died, Momma remained for over a year in their home, located two miles west and four miles south of Hobart. Due to challenges associated with living by herself in the country, she made the wise choice to move into Hobart. At the same time, my sister Sandra and her husband Billy, moved into the house Momma vacated on the home place.
Momma immediately transformed her yard in town to a thing of beauty. Flowers were planted and landscaping was done with the help of my sister Sheri and her husband Keith. They are seasoned professionals. Landscaping is their livelihood in Manhattan, Kansas. What took place in town paled to what took place in the country. Every female in my immediate family has a green thumb. None are greener than Sandra’s.
Within a few years Sandra had lush grass growing where the gravel drive once circled the house. She built flower beds and landscaped around the barn. Every year she added more to the spectacular display of color and life. Most of the things she planted came back bigger and better every year. Many people travel out to her home just to look at her flower gardens.
One of the few things left from the days when I lived there is a crepe myrtle Momma planted. I remember when it grew behind the porch swing when I was a boy. Momma had planted it early on after they moved into the house. At the time, she did not even know what a crepe myrtle was. Through the years that crepe myrtle went through a lot. One home renovation tore out the entire porch on the north side of the house, including the crepe myrtle. It grew back.
Several times Momma changed her landscape plans for the north side of the house. The changes necessitated eliminating the crepe myrtle. Attempts with chain saws and shovels and axes all proved to be in vain. The crepe myrtle kept coming back stronger than ever. Sandra opted to include it rather than fight it. It remains to this day, probably older than I am.
How did it survive through everything that happened? The same way you will survive and keep coming back stronger than ever. The crepe myrtle developed an extensive root system. If you do the same by abiding in Christ, you will remain strong and productive. Courage and strength for living flow from our walk with Jesus.
Colossians 2:6-7, Earl
- DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS this Sunday, November 3 Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday evening
- This Sundays Sermon “Standing in the Fire” Daniel 3:16-30
- LifeGroup Attendance on October 27 – 706
- GriefShare – Sunday, November 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Hamburger Stew
Jim and Kathleen Waites