prayers + blooms



We planted small hydrangeas alongside our garage last month. The pathway faces our backyard garden and lines the avenue to our outdoor grill, a well-loved space in the coming months. Hydrangeas, named for the Greek words water and vessel, are one of my favorite flowers and are generally recognized as symbols of heartfelt emotion. This week, they have been blooming in vibrant shades of pink and pale purplish blues.

Over breakfast this weekend, my son prayed, “Dear God, let the people of Nepal know your nearness that their grief would not overtake them.” I thought of our small hydrangeas in the backyard, offering their blooms to the sky. Perhaps this week, they are vessels of tears, like my young son, offering humble pleas to God for comfort and peace. Grief has a way of transcending borders and large bodies of water, but the same is true of hope. Our hearts are broken for so many people we don’t even know.

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  1. Beautiful post, so thoughtful and sensitive of your son. Just lovely. I feel the same way, but probably couldn’t have said it as well.

    1. Author

      Thank you, Michelle. Sometimes they say the simplest, most profound thoughts. Another gift in parenthood.

  2. the disaster in nepal is a tragedy, but this a beautiful tribute and your son’s heart is such a thoughtful and sensitive one. my heart joins yours in this grief. xo

    1. Author

      I was so moved by his simple prayer. For Nepal. For Baltimore. It’s good to talk about, to share grief and hope together in these spaces, I think. Thank you, Lucinda. xo

  3. Hi,
    I love your blog, it is so beautiful and very thoughtful.
    I have a question, I subscribe to your email and I was curious how you set them to only show part of the post? You must click on the title to see the whole post. I think this is nice because it forces people to go to your blog.
    I am currently using the free wordpress so I’m not sure if this is a special feature.
    Thank you,

    1. Author

      Hi Melissa, that’s so kind of you to say. Thank you for reading and helping support this little space. Honestly, I’m not sure how the email option was set up. It might be connected to the theme, or it might have been set up by the person who helped build this site. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful. Have you tried googling it? I find so much help that way. ;) Best to you in your search. x

    2. Hi Bethany, I just read this and thought I’d answer. In free wordpress you set the format to gallery in your posts to show just the intro. Michelle

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