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GIVE THANKS FOR WATER

With many thanks to Fran Sorin for her inspiring blog, which I highly recommend you read (link at bottom), here are excerpts from, ‘Water: Joy, Beauty and Gratitude…Blog Action Day 2010’

“As a gardener and advocate of sustainable gardening, I thought that writing about water for Blog Action Day would be a no brainer.  Yet, each time I prepared to write about the importance of conserving water, my mind took me back to moments in my childhood; moments in which water played a pivotal role, leaving indelible memories and emotions of joy, love and beauty.

WATER: memories from my childhood.

~ Sights, smells, sounds… Walking through Watkins Glen, a maze of water and a force of nature, mesmerized by the sounds, sights and smells; knowing that I was touching divinity.
~ Watching and smelling torrential rain and hail sitting on the back the car in the garage
~ The ferocious lullaby of ocean waves – All of these scenes have had a significant emotional impact on me….one of beauty, sacredness and love.

Western civilization of the twenty first century overwhelmingly thinks of water as a product to be controlled and mastered in order to serve our needs. And yet, indigenous cultures revere water, understanding that it is the source of life. Prayers for water and Rain Dances historically were, and still are today, an integral part of certain cultures. These cultures intrinsically know that water is a powerful force, a gift from God, not to be taken lightly.

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” John Updike

We are water.

70% of our bodies is water. As newborns, our bodies are composed of 80% water. As we grow older, the percentage decreases. By the time we die, the % is below 50. Without enough water, we die.

For most of my life, I took water for granted…Today I think about water each time I use or come into contact with it. When I wake up in the morning and step into the shower, feeling the force of water on my back…experience a sense of gratitude. When I go rowing early in the morning or as dusk settles in, I am often stunned by the amount of pollution and things floating in the water (bottles, containers, papers, and God knows what else..). For a moment, I feel a flash of anger and frustration at others total disregard for this narrow, winding river. And yet, like a plant that is infested with insects, I remind myself that the water, regardless of the condition it is in, is inherently a magnificent, mysterious, life-giving force, pure and generous. And I give thanks… 

So, the next time you’re washing off fresh fruits and vegetables in your kitchen, pause, even for a few seconds, and give thanks to water, the source of life.”

Fran Sorin is a gardener, author, broadcaster, and spokesperson. She is the CBS Radio News Garden Contributor, has made dozens of appearances on national TV and written hundreds of articles for USA Weekend Magazine and other national publications.

Our best wishes to you

for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL ~ ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN!

 ~ 40 PIECES OF ADVICE ~

I can’t remember when I’ve watched such an inspiring PowerPoint Presentation. 

~ MAGNIFICENT! ~

Can anything made by man even get close to the beauty of nature ~ maybe the music!

~Life is beautiful ~

~ enjoy it while you can!~  

This is a ‘treasure’ ~ definitely one I will keep for a long time, and of course share with others ~ which I hope you will do also!  

FRIDAY HUMOUR FOR MOTHER’S DAY

Make sure you see our SECOND Mother’s Day blog (also posted today) –

“A Tribute To A Mother’s Love”

WHEN YOU STOP LAUGHING – SEND IT ON TO OTHER MOTHERS, GRANDMOTHERS, AND AUNTS… and anyone else who has anything to do with kids or just needs a good laugh!!!

WHY GOD MADE MOMS

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

 Why did God make mothers?

To help us out of there when we were getting born.

 How did God make mothers?

God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?

My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.

Why did your mom marry your dad?

My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot .

Who’s the boss at your house?

Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.

What’s the difference between moms and dads?

Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.

What does your mom do in her spare time?

To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

 What would it take to make your mom perfect?

Diet. You know her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.


THE BEAUTY OF A MOTHER’S LOVE


A  Mother’s Day Tribute from your friends at Rainsoft Ottawa!

  Have a wonderful day and enjoy the video!

Heart of a Mother – The Beauty of a Mother’s Love”

 
An excerpt from Heart of a Mother by Paula J. Fox.  Mothers are also a lot LIKE flowers in many ways… As the heart of a Mother grows and blossoms in beauty and grace, she spreads her fragrance of LOVE not only in her home, but throughout her world…
 

Baby’s Breath
Our first flower reminds us of the very beginning of a woman’s life as a Mother…the moment when she takes her first child into her arms and smells the fragrance of that sweet Baby’s Breath. Her heart will never be the same again.

Lilac
The Lilac represents the fragrance of a Mother’s sacrifice…the lovely scent of forgiveness that results when a flower is crushed and gives back to the very one that crushed it. It reminds us of the beauty that surrounds a Mother who is always willing to forgive her children’s faults and offer them compassion, mercy and unconditional love.

Hydrangea
The Hydrangea has a wonderful quality of being able to change color from shades of pink to blue. Initially it was thought that this flower was like a chameleon, changing color to match its surroundings, but experiments proved that the color is actually determined by the roots of the plant and the kind of soil it is planted in. This illustrates the Mother who gives her children a rich foundation of love and deep roots of character and strength.

Mac Anderson, Founder of Simple Truths, speaking with Paula Fox – “She said the speech is called The Heart of a Mother…The Beauty of a Mother’s Love. “However, what makes it unique is that I compare a mother’s love to 30 different flowers… each symbolic of the love a mother has for her child.”

Link to Simple Truths video –
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