Empty Flower Boxes

posted by Sharon May 8, 2012 11 Comments

I was touched last week by a friend’s story about a trip to the store. She went just to keep her husband company. She doesn’t often garden, but that day she decided spontaneously to purchase flowers for the window boxes on the front of her house.

She says, “We planted them the first two years we lived here, but somehow life seemed to make the purchase of flowers a luxury and so the window boxes sat empty the last two years.”

I know that my friend’s husband has been ailing; you can read between the lines of her updates and know that her energy goes to caring for him and working in retail and trying to get through some difficult days. She continued her flower box story: “Someone once said that the planting of flowers was a statement of hope for the future and I believe that was my honest motivation. Maybe they will also be a sign to those who drive by that we believe in our future–one way or another.”

So the empty flower boxes are empty no longer. The bright blooms will no doubt cheer my friend’s heart. And yes, they are a sign to all who see. Hope lives here. It pops up in rich colors. Extravagant, generous, varied.

Hope lives in the flowers; hope can live in our hearts, too.

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Inspired Tuesdays and  Texture Tuesdays. Photos were processed using two textures on each photo from Kim Klassen’s Chase, Shine, Phoebe, and Let’s Go.

 

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georgia May 8, 2012 at 5:53 am

what a sweet story. i get that. i remember planting some ground cover in my yard several years ago and praying as i planted it, that like the ground, God would cover my marriage with a protection… that it would spread quickly like the beautiful ground cover was sure to do. what a sweet post. and what beautiful flowers! nice photos.

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Sharon May 9, 2012 at 2:02 am

I love your prayer for your marriage, Georgia! Blessings to you!

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RH West Photography May 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

I love the sentiment behind this post as well as the beautiful shots, we must all carry hope in our hearts 🙂

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Mama Zen May 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I love this story!

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robin May 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm

wonderful selfless story.

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Deborah May 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Love this story of hope, and these images are beautiful, Sharon! First time here from Kim’s site. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Desirae R May 9, 2012 at 4:42 am

Beautiful post again.
I also wanted to thank you for your kind words on some of my previous posts the last few weeks.

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Jill Franklin May 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Your photos are so vibrent, fresh and alive. They give me more energy!
Thank you!
Enjoy your day! =)

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Irmi Ryan May 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Another wonderfully touching read. Thank you for taking the time to write. I always enjoy reading your blog!

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LeAnne May 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Prayers going out to your friend and her husband. I totally believe in the power of flowers to cheer and heal. I recently filled a couple of planters on my front porch and every time I go out there, they make me smile. Love the planter box! I host a meme each week called “Flower Art” Friday…I would love it if you would share one of your beautiful florals in our gallery. Here’s the link http://www.photosbyleanne.net/2012/05/flower-art-friday-3-may-11-2012.html

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Sharon May 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Your blog is beautiful, LeAnne! Thank you for the invitation!

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