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Showing posts with label Mother's day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mother's day. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


ImageProxyServletWelcome to Pearl Girls™ Mother of Pearl Mother’s Day blog series—a nine-day celebration of moms and mothering. Each day will feature a new post by some of today’s best writers (Tricia Goyer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Beth Vogt, Lesli Westfall, and more). I hope you’ll join us each day for another unique perspective on Mother’s Day.

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And to all you MOMS out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

Water Spot Mothering by Cynthia Ruchti

For years, a friend and I met weekly for prayer and Bible study. More than twenty years older, Jackie often prayed for her high school children while I prayed for my toddler children who were supposed to be napping.

As any mother will attest, when we get serious about praying for our children, we can find plenty to pray about.

Jackie and I often laid our Bibles in front of us, open on the table. The day I learned the meaning of water spot mothering, Jackie and I had prayed intensely for our children and their wide variety of crises—large and small. We prayed about their uncertain futures and the certainty that God loved them even more than we did. Tears formed, unbidden, as we poured our hearts out to God.

A series of whispers from the stairway told me my children had found dozens of ways to bypass their naps. But they’d grown to respect the time I prayed with my friend. Even at their young ages, they waited patiently for the “Amen” before interrupting.

When Jackie left and life pulled me into other things, my Bible remained open on the dining room table. I walked through the room a short time later to find my four-year-old daughter Amy kneeling on a chair, tenderly flipping through the pages of my Bible. I knew she was unable to read more than the simplest words on the page, so I asked, “Amy, what are you doing, honey?”

Her answer resonates now, decades later. She said, “I’m looking for the tears.”
She knew I’d prayed for her. Finding the water spots, the tear stains, meant something to her young heart. She wanted to see evidence that my prayers for her had moved me to tears.

How triple true that would be through her teen years! We were just getting started on the water spot mothering concept.

I’ve relived that scene many times since that afternoon. My daughter bent over my Bible, her tiny hands turning the pages reverently, her eyes searching for a wrinkle in the page, looking for the assurance that I cared so deeply, prayed so fervently, and wasn’t afraid to let the tears fall on the sustaining resource for parenting and all of life—God’s Word.

Water spot mothering. Praying with the Bible open. Letting the tears fall on the pages.

I wear the picture of my daughter kneeling on the chair, bent over my Bible, close to my heart, like a silver locket I click open to remind me of my primary responsibility as her mom…even now.
Cynthia Ruchti_green_couchCynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her fiction, nonfiction, and speaking events for women or for writers. Her recent release—the novel, When the Morning Glory Blooms, observes the heart-and-faith journeys of three eras of unwed moms. Her July release—the nonfiction book Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices—touches on life circumstances that send us to tear-hemmed prayer for those we love. Connect with her at, Facebook, Twitter, or other network spots.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

When To Plant Tender Annuals In Your Garden

I love to work in the garden and plant annuals and many varieties of vegetables but is it the right time to plant them. I found this great article that can help us determine the best time to plant them.
When To Plant Tender Annuals In Your Garden - Organic Gardening Articles

When To Plant Tender Annuals In Your Garden

As soon as the garden centers fill to bursting with tiny pots, large hanging baskets and endless flats of annuals the winter-weary gardening enthusiast can barely keep from grabbing all within sight whether or not it is the correct time to plant these out in the garden. Flowers bring the hope of spring and with that the end of cabin fever. Who doesn’t crave that after a long, cold winter?

Alas, many a time do these folks regret rushing out as soon as they feel a warm spell to gather their favorite annuals for planting outside. When they plant these tender annuals too soon in their gardens there is a very good chance the frost will come back without warning to bite them in the bud. Mother Nature, after all, is fickle and we all know she likes to flirt with that rascal Jack Frost which in turn brings havoc to our gardens. Woe be the impatient gardener!

Don’t deny it. You know you’ve done it. Even the most experienced among us have. We want the earliest tomatoes in the neighborhood. We wish to get a jump on a way-too-short growing season. We want to think spring and the warm weather will stay if we cross our fingers and beg pretty-please. But wanting and wishing isn’t going to help you here. What you must do is learn the Last Frost Date for your area if you want to know when to plant annuals safely in the garden.

The Last Frost Date is just the date when your particular area is relatively safe from a killing frost, relatively being the operative word. Here we come to the tricky spot because even knowing this magical Last Frost Date does not guarantee it will not frost nor get cold enough to harm our fragile annual plants during the night-time hours between sunset and sunrise.

So, what good is knowing it? Just like knowing in which Hardiness Zone you reside and garden will enable you to grow plants suited to your area, the Last Frost Date will give you a general idea of when it is safe for the planting of tender annuals. Within each Hardiness Zone, however, there can be several different Last Frost Dates due to differences in elevation, the proximity to large cities and/or large bodies of water and how much rainfall or snow your region may get in the spring.

To know for certain what is your Last Frost Date and also in which Hardiness Zone you live go to and enter your city, town, village or the nearest one to you. This should give you the safest time for the earliest planting of the tenderest of annuals.

Now, a bit of friendly advice from one who knows through achingly harsh experience. Once you know your Last Frost Date do yourself a favor and add two weeks before you plant. Why? Jack Frost is a bit of a renegade and often cheats on Mother Nature. He tells her all is wonderful and safe, but as soon as she becomes complacent, he can turn nasty and spurn her without remorse. Once you’ve gardened long enough you will know this to be quite true.

So, take heed, be safe, learn your Last Frost Date and you’ll know for certain exactly when is the best time to plant tender annuals out in your garden without risking damage to them. You are now allowed to breath easy.

Author Glory Lennon Resource: For more fun gardening facts and amusing stories come visit

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


mothers day gift ideas

Everyone loves their mom and always wants to find the best gift to make her feel loved and appreciated. After you enter my giveaway head over to Makobi Scribe to see her mothers day gift ideas worth over $3000. Then stop by Sason & Pobi to enter the grand prize drawing of a Toshiba 32SLV411U - 32" class 720p 60Hz TV/DVD Combo! 

To celebrate Mother's Day, I am giving away a $50.00 Gift Card to Bed Bath And Beyond. (USA/CAN ONLY) where you can find your perfect gift for your Mom or yourself.

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