On Sunday after church I was clearing out some of the D.O.T.A. (Detritus Of The Ages) in the library & I came across the guest registry book from 1976.....
My parents got divorced when I was one & a half. We were in Tahoe, my dad was a music teacher. It was the 70's. After it happened, my mom, my older brother & I moved back to Santa Cruz, where my mom grew up. We lived with my grandparents at first, for about 6 months.

In the spring of '76 we were about to move across town; right off West Cliff Dr. (only blocks away from what I came to know as the scariest preschool in town...but that's another post.) In all this upheaval, my mom decided we were becoming distinctly unchurched- maybe she thought we needed the stability. So, in the spring of 1976, a week before my 2nd birthday, she signed in.........

And there I was, 32 years later, holding this ratty old book that smelled like my childhood, (mildewed vinyl must have figured in heavily,) with a lump in my throat.

So this is a signpost. I've had them here and there. The wisteria was one, and the post office box. Little signs along the road that Someone is in all this, that I am in the right place at the right time, that my back is covered, and I am not alone.


Mum said...

The lump in the throat thing must be catching....yes, it is a confirmation that our lives are ordered and that God does not lose us in the shuffle. We will have to talk about this at lenght when I'm not skiving and you aren't in the garden on your mobile with G chatting in the background. Thanks for blessing me (always).

rosa said...

well, a lot of who I am today reflects directly on the choices you made, so thank you! (I'm thinking specifically of your decision to follow Jesus.)

Lynn xo said...

Dear Rosa,
Yes, God does "wink" at us through these "seeming coincidences" in our lives. But, we know it is him because it is so intensely personal and intimate.

Things only he knows will delight and surprise, and show us he is with us. Thanks for sharing this story and reminding me today, of all my reminders along the way.......

The Contessa said...

Gosh, now I'm all teary and choked up. You are three of the most wonderful women I know. Thank you for being in my life. Need I say it? Yes, why not? I love you!

sarah said...

I am teary too. That takes a LOT to get me teary :). Thanks for sharing your touching story (I know we talked about it in the library, but reading it only made it more real).

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.