Friday, November 26, 2010

Foliage and Flowers

It is time to connect with all of you again.
My days are filled with busyness,yet I feel like I am accomplishing nothing.
The following picture was taken earlier,when the trees still had their leaves.
If I recall correctly,I took this one on the last time Jake and I went out to look at nature.

I have so many memories,but each one is tinged with sadness at this time.
Lest you think I am all sadness,that is not the case.
God is showing me daily,some little thing,I can be thankful for.God is still good.
The next picture is right outside my back door.
I stepped out one day in fall and saw these beautiful leaves growing alongside the pond.
I quickly retrieved my camera and took this shot.

Over the last few months my home has been graced with so many beautiful flowers.
I wanted to remember how they looked,so,often I would take a picture or two or more.
My heart was not in the photography,but the pictures still turned out OK.
Here are two shots of two different bouquets.

Tomorrow my Steve and Kai are coming to help me set up the Christmas tree.
Perhaps with my granddaughter helping,I will be able to enjoy the process.

Thought for today:
Relying on God has to begin all over again every day.


  1. The photos of the flowers are just gorgeous. Enjoy your granddaughter and tree decorating. I'll be thinking of you.

  2. Your heart may not have been in the photographs of the flowers, but they certainly are beautiful.
    I'm glad God is daily showering blessings upon you in little ways. I'm even happier that you are recognizing them. I hope you have a wonderful day setting up your Christmas tree with Steve and Kai.

  3. Christmas time can be especially hard, but I'm glad that you have Steve and Kai coming over to help you set up the Christmas Tree. I like your thought that relying on God has to begin all over again every day. And the Lord will hold your hand to walk with Him one day at a time. Hugs, Karin

  4. Hi Ruth, I am so proud of you. You are doing so well--and I'm sure that Jake is smiling down from heaven --and is also very proud of how you are doing... Being sad is okay ---that's life; BUT--staying busy does help --and being with friends and family helps also...

    Enjoy your special time with your granddaughter and son tomorrow.

    Hugs and God Bless You,

  5. Oh, Ruth. Granddaughters always have a way of making us feel better, just by their presence. If your heart wasn't in those flower pictures, I cannot imaginw what they would look like if you were truly enthusiastic. They are glorious. Lighting, angle, everything. The orange leaves with green veins are beautiful. God does send us things like this all the time just as gifts for nothing other than pure enjoyment. You are one who knows that and is always looking, even when you are hurting so much now. Blessings and prayers, my friend.

  6. You are truly living the life. The pictures are beautiful. Nice to see your posting again. God bless, and I know you are really blessed with His presence.

  7. So nice to see your leaves and flowers and read your words... I hope you do enjoy at least part of the process tomorrow with your granddaughter - will be thinking of you!

  8. Even in your sadness you're able to encourage us with God's message of hope. Your pictures are beautiful, each in its own way. I'm sure Kai and Steve will help make it seem more normal and festive. Hugs, Diane

  9. Hello, Ruth! I'm sure being with your granddaughter and family will be great. I put up my tree last night. I enjoyed your photos, especially the shot of the beautiful leaves near the pond. God Bless you!

  10. share your memories with us, we all care and would like to hear them, they are not sad but good memories. enjoy your time with our family and putting up your tree. the flowers are lovely, and so are the leaves.

  11. Your photos are very beautiful. You are in my prayers and thoughts,


  12. Good to see a post up!

    Yes, relying on God does begin every day! I had a bit of a rough night and morning ... had to once again grab hold of the promises.

  13. We never know how our days will turn out. That is why we have to take the bad and make the best of it. Nice post.

  14. This will be the 9th Christmas since my mom passed away (the last of our parents) in my dining room (we set up a bedroom for her with help from hospice care). I still have a decoration my Jacob made when he was 5 hanging on the wall near where her head was, to cheer Grandma up. As i set the table for Thanksgiving on Thursday, I looked at it once again and I cried as I knew I just could not take it down yet. It is still hanging.

    Christmas for us - is all about the memories, We cherish the memories , and we (still) cry as we recount them both the joyous and hard times we remember. I am so thankful for the memories. Each ornament, each song, each decoration - holds so many thoughts of special moments.

    I'm praying for you, even now, that though the memories bring tears, and the days ahead a challenge - our Great God would continue to bless, comfort, protect and uplift your heart.

  15. Your photos are beautiful!

    Christmas will be hard without Jake, but your son and granddaughter will help lighten your heart. Your loss has been great, but hold close to your loved ones still with you and find joy and strength in their presence.

  16. I am sure you feel some days like you are just going through the motions. Your granddaughter will bring delight to Christmas. Children always do. God bless you.

  17. So glad your granddaughter is coming over to help you with your tree. Thinking of you my friend!

  18. Beautiful photos, beautiful flowers, Ruth. I'm glad your granddaughter was there to help you decorate the tree.

  19. Ruth - we can feel your pain and loneliness and for most of us we can offer only words that hopefully bring comfort. Real comfort and peace can only come from God - and we trust that He will provide.

    Even if your heart isn't in it, picking up the camera again is good therapy, since you and Jake enjoyed it so much in the past - and you bless us with your photos.

    So glad to hear your granddaughter and son bring joy into your life - gifts from God !

  20. First I love your thought for today. So much meaning.
    I'm so glad you have your photography and it will have more wonderful memories of Jake.
    Take care Ruth. I'm thinking about and and continue to pray for you.

  21. Hang in there. I'm glad that you can still find small things to be thankful for and enjoy. It's hard to fill a big emptiness in your life, but you are getting by with God's help. The holidays are bound to be sad and difficult, but I'm glad you have family around to help lighten things for you. The leaves and flowers are beautiful!

  22. I'm sure you feel so blessed to have Steve and Kai in your life. Cherish those memories. Thinking of you.

  23. Hello Ruth, I'm happy to know that you are keeping busy :) Your photos are gorgeous, I really like the first one, very warm colours. Enjoy your grand daughter, I'm sure it'll be a joy to decorate your tree with her! *hugs*
    Take care Ruth :)

  24. my prayers to you and your family for peace and grace through this valley.

  25. I hope you enjoy the the setting up your tree too. Kids remind us of the good times and bring a smile to our faces. I'm glad photography is part of your grieving and healing process. Jake would be proud of you.

  26. The autumn tree and leaves took my breath away; autumn is my favorite time of year!
    You had a lovely idea to take pictures of the flower’s that were sent to your home.
    Putting your Christmas tree up will bring back many happy memories of Jake.

  27. Your pictures are beautiful Ruth. I hope you will get enough strengh in this difficult time.

  28. Beautiful Ruth. Enjoy that little don't spoil her. :)

  29. Ruth, your pictures are fabulous, so vibrant and balanced. I also appreciated reading a bit about Jake and your life with him. God bless.

  30. It breaks m heart to not see Jake's name on this photo blog. Sending you hugs my friend.


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