Wednesday, May 16, 2007
The LaGwen Rose
Several years ago my friend, Gwen, and I planted this beautiful Jackson and Perkin's rose in our gardens. It has an official name, but I do not recall it. As far as I am concerned, this is the "LaGwen" rose and was named after the two of us. It's our friendship rose! Mine is planted right outside my kitchen window, and when I see it first bloom in May, I think of her.
Today is a 'memory day' for Gwen, and as such, I would like to post pictures of 'our rose' with thoughts of a little one that she lost years before. It was on a May 16 that Gwen miscarried and lost a child. Sorrow for a long while, but now hope as years have eased the pain of loss and Gwen and her husband look forward to meeting their infant in heaven some day. Gwen says that she actually feels joy as she remembers that she will get to start from scratch in a perfect world someday and raise that little one so dear.
Gwen's tradition is to take a trip to a plant nursery on this day each year and select just the right plant or tree to help her commemorate the life of the little one she never had the opportunity to know. She is doing that now and I look forward to hearing about her selection.
Hugs for you, Gwen, as you remember and celebrate hope. And Gwen, I will remember to pray for you as you send your son off to college and celebrate in the marriage of your daughter as well. Although the nest may soon seem empty, I know that many wonderful family times await! I hear there is joy in change as well (although I am still in the discovery mode in that regard). God bless you!