Each and every year on April 14 we remember Terry's Dad who passed away in 1994. We were given this magnolia tree by my parents who have since also gone to be with the Lord. It is a reminder of the hope that we have. The sadness is there although the grief has diminished. We are reminded of how thankful we are to have had such a loving dad.

Yesterday when we heard of the tragic and horrific massacre in Virginia we felt numb. What does one post the day after something like that? I was reminded that the day after Dad passed away and details needed to be attended to, people were oblivious to our pain and grief. That is the way it is. We sympathize with our friends to the south. So many families are grieving today and our prayers go out to them.
I was reminded of the old hymn I learned as a child.
My hope is Built on Nothing less Than Jesus Blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ the solid rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.
Edward Mote 1874
My prayer is that each of you who read this post have hope. In a world that is often anything but safe and secure, there is one that we can always depend on to never change. Thank you Jesus.


  1. How wonderful to have the magnolia tree given to you by your parents. I too have an American Holly that was given to me by my grandfather, and it is so precious to me that when it started taking over the sidewalk, I moved the sidewalk!

    The tragedy at VA Tech is heart wrenching. I live 30 minutes north of the campus and just last week my son and I were up there looking around at the college as a possibility for my son. So many friends in our area have children there.

  2. Lovella, thank you for so beautifully expressing concern and comfort to a situation that is unfathomable. Your pictures are beautiful, and Terry's dad must know how loved he was and what a wonderful son he raised. I pray that each year the sweet memories will rise up to over reach the sad time of his leaving you behind for a while.
    I do love that hymn. Old hymns have such depth.

  3. This was truly heart warming. I too have been deeply touched by the horrific happenings in Virginia. Continuing to pray....

  4. A beautiful post, Lovella. Jesus along is our hope and peace; He is our refuge.

  5. you never know when your time is up that's why it's so important to live each day to the fullest. I feel great sadness for everyone involved in Virgina because it's harder on those left behind.

  6. "When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace." Precious words!

  7. Reading this post has given me shivers. I grew up with that hymn and loved it also. A perfect time to sing it.

  8. Thanks, Lovella...that is one of my favorite hymns. It's difficult for any of us to know what to say at a time like this. Our faith in God is most important, and these beautiful hymns are a wonderful way of expressing just what really matters.

  9. My heart goes out to you and your family. I can't say that I know how you are feeling, but I can imagine how horrible it may be to loose your parents, at any age. Times like these make you really appreciate the ones you do have, and remember the ones we have lost. I tip my hat to you, you are a wonderful, strong, compassionate person.


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