5.27.2010

The Bluebonnet Field...


Okay, I know there is a children's book that has been written about the Bluebonnet story, but this is my story. My mother loved bluebonnets. So, when our kids were very young, actually she might have started before they were even born, she began to buy a packet or two of seeds each year and throw them in a field next to the house where we lived. The field is owned by the utility company and has very large power lines/poles running through it. So, nothing could be built there, yet they really didn't keep it up. So, my mom would mow the lot BUT only after all her bluebonnets had gone to seed. Each year she anxiously awaited to see the bluebonnets pop up from the soil and God smiled down on this field. Every year the crop got bigger and bigger. When our kids were small, we would always take Easter pictures of them in Nanny's bluebonnet field. It still brings tears to my eyes to think of how much she loved seeing those flowers in bloom. When Mom died, 10 years ago, Dad sold the house and moved into a smaller place. I had lived in that house since I was in the 6th grade. It was home to me. It is only about 5 minutes from here, but I haven't driven by it but maybe twice in the past 10 years. It's just hard. This year, Ashley was talking to me about wanting to take a picture of Emma in some bluebonnets and had I seen any. Then she asked the question. "Is Nanny's bluebonnet field pretty this year". I couldn't answer. I hadn't driven by it. I came home and asked Larry and he chuckled. He relayed a conversation he had with Zach a few days earlier. Zach wanted to take a picture of the boys in Nanny's bluebonnet field. He and Larry had seen that it looked good this year but not big like it used to, yet the bluebonnets that were there, were beautiful. So, about a month ago, when Ashley and Emma were in town, we drove out and took pictures. It was extremely fun and extremely emotional for me. I like to think that Mom was smiling down from above. She never got to meet these great grands. Oh how she would have loved them. She loved her grandchildren like no one else! She was such an incredible example to me of how I want to live my life. As a Wife. Mother. Christian. Sister. Daughter. Friend. But also as a grandmother. I pray when my life is over, that my example and words still live deep in my children and grand children's heart..just like my Mom's example still does. She taught us a lot. She loved us deeply. She longed to go home. Recently I was thinking on heaven and how beautiful it must be. I wonder if it has a bluebonnet field. If Mom has anything to do with it, it will! And we all look forward to the day when we can be joined together in Heaven and who knows, maybe we will meet in a bluebonnet field.

This will be picture overload but we did snap over 200 pictures between 3 cameras. They are in no particular order, just SOME of my favorites! Mom, these are for you!







6 comments:

Kayla Hewitt said...

This brought tears to my eyes. What a neat legacy your mom left. And, once the great-grandkids are older, I'm sure they will treasure the story that goes along with these pictures.

karen said...

that picture of the 4 grands looking up makes me think of your mom smiling down on them. it is precious (all the pictures are!)
i love the word picture/story you have woven with the memories. this is a book waiting to be published!!

and you ARE an awesome mother and grandmother and friend and sister! love you, karen

emily said...

Wow, Mary Kay! What beautiful words & how wonderful the thoughts of heaven!! I'm sure she was smiling down, & truly amazed at the grandmother you are! (Not to mention friend, mother, Christian, etc!!!) I am so thankful to know you & have your example close to my heart- what a precious gift you are! (oh! & the pics are so sweet!!)

Kim W. said...

That was so very sweet. I think her legacy most certainly lives on. When I think of a wonderful wife and mother, and grandmother, I think of you, so, that being said, she had to of been an amazing Christian woman to raise a daughter like you. How blessed. Thanks for being a wonderful example to those of us beginning our life as a wife and mother. You are great!
PS. And yes, those are wonderful pictures of some SUPER CUTE grandkids! :) I, too, LOVE bluebonnets! Thank goodness I made it to Texas! ;)

Ashley said...

Not only did that bring tears to my eyes, but they somehow ended up on my chin. I love your words, they are prefect. And yes, I know she smiles down on YOU with so much pride & joy at the mother & grandmother that YOU are. She did leave an amazing legacy. Oh how I wish she could meet Emma & the boys, but maybe one day we can ALL meet up in the heavenly bluebonnet field.
Love you lots! And thanks for going that day. I know it was hard, but what a treasure these pictures are to all of us!

Chelsie said...

I maybe crying right now... what a beautiful memory!