This is the counter where we have the dedication frame for Kristen on display. Next to the wall are two plants. They were brought to Sarah and me from a dear friend on our very first day in August. How they are still living is beyond me, as I was definitely not born with a green thumb. I rarely water them which is why I am often picking up the brown leaves that have fallen into the sink and that window is an original from the 1950's home this used to be. It is cold and drafty for sure. The plants each came with cute sunflowers that have chalkboard centers. Last week I changed the messages to read...
Imagine my surprise and shock tonight, when I spotted the new flower. There have not been any flowers since the week they were delivered. I knew in an instant, this was not By Chance. Kristen's light has been shinning so brightly in our shop these past few weeks, she has a flower blooming...
A beautiful flower indeed. I immediately forgot all about my aches and pains. I smiled. I had tears running down my checks. I said a little prayer. And then I ran upstairs for the camera, so I could share this moment with Kristen's dear mom Polly.
I just googled the name of this plant...Gerbera...up came a site called http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/gerberas. This is what it says...The meanings of Gerbera flowers stem from those attributed to the general daisy family. These meanings include innocence and purity, and daisies are also a classic symbol of beauty. However, the Gerbera variety holds an added meaning of cheerfulness, which stems from the assortment of colors available.
I read it twice to be sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me. Could there be any doubt...only By Design...I can't think of two girls more fitting of that description than Kristen and Sarah. And without Kristen's sunshine, there would be no flowers in that pot on a cold snowy night in Ohio.
Sarah with her plant 8-9-2010
There are times, most of the time truthfully, that I truly do not feel worthy of such experiences. Yet I am reminded that if one allows our Higher Power to be in control, miracles large and small surround us. His presence is with us. Polly and I feel it every day.