On Thanksgiving morning I woke up all stressed about my day….I was counting guests ( the surprise ones and the ones planned on…), game planning my food making schedule ( start potatoes at 11:30, put casserole in over at 11:45…) and I headed into the kitchen to make Ransom a sippy cup when I noticed something that made me stop:
This orchid my friend Amy gave me months ago when she moved to Fort Campbell…side note: the only positive thing about being the friend who stays behind when everyone else moves ( which is the awful side effect of being stationed at a Army post that is usually where people go just for schools…) is that you collect a lot of condiments ( I have at least half used ketchups in my fridge at any given point) and dry goods ( rice anyone?!)…and every so often you get an Orchid!! Anyway, Amy gave me this orchid months ago…and I put it on my kitchen ledge. Watered it a few times. And promptly forgot about it.
And then, Thanksgiving Day, it bloomed. And now its kept on blooming!! I’ve got two and it looks like at least two more to go buds coming out!! What a nice surprise! Something I wasn’t even looking for that brought me such joy was the reminder that I needed that sometimes special things DO happen.
Which has inspired a message:
Army. Most of the time I really despise you. You’re like the family member I can’t stand ( I’m assuming, I don’t have any such family members myself). Most of the time all I see is your flaws. But, I’m going to throw you a bone and point out one of the greatest things about you. Thank you for the friendships. I have meet friends who I never ever would have met otherwise and I am SO grateful for them.
Yes, in just a few weeks you are taking away my friend Miranda to exotic Hawaii ( why didn’t we get stationed there?!?) and honestly this blog may get a bit morose after she’s gone, but I’ll focus on the positive here and say that I am so grateful that I at least got these last six months with her! She has been a kindred spirit in a time when a kindred spirit was most needed. We’re alike enough to like all the same TV shows ( Gilmore Girls! Castle! New Girl!) and recipes ( Guinness Brownies! Butternut Squash Lasagna!) and have equally nerdy husbands- but different enough to be able to see into each others lives and encourage and cheer each other on in just the right way. I, who have never ever liked running, have looked forward to walking/ huffing and puffing the news of the past day with Miranda. At risk of being a bit too poetic, she was my Orchid during a particularly stressful time. And Army, I am thankful.
Oh. And obviously God gets the serious credit here. Why do I doubt that He will provide when He always always does? I am grateful for Melissa, Keri, Rolinda, Deb and Robin and other ladies who He has given me during this time and season, as well….yes, I am currently sitting alone at home at 9pm-not expecting my husband any time soon…but I am provided for nonetheless. Little Orchid reminders that there is beauty just waiting to bloom.