Monday, July 11, 2016

Roses Will Bloom Again...Again

I used this title once before when I was writing about my parents.

The song was written by a friend of a friend
and recorded several years ago by Jeff and Sheri Easter.

I need reminding today that Roses Will Bloom Again.

I got a call yesterday morning from a friend asking me to pray 
for another friend who was in ICU and on a ventilater.

I had taken a facebook break and had no idea what was going on back home. 

It didn't look good...she's had you on her mind for several days...heart attack...
TTP...bone marrow test...

Everything just kinda ran together.  My thoughts were rambled.

"What do you think I should do?"

"Give her daughter a call."

My connection with Shirley was a brief one in the span of eternity.
She worked around the corner from me.  She owned a jewelry shop
and I loved to visit on my lunch hour.  She had a young daughter the age of mine.
They went to different schools.
She helped me choose my daughter's first charm bracelet.

Shop closed and we frequently ran into each other at Walmart,
the only place in town to shop.
Our kids enter middle school.
Our lives merge again.

Briefly, nevertheless connected for a moment.


High School Theatre

Enter "Frenchie" and "Sandy."

For those years, we never missed a rehearsal, never missed a show, 
never missed it!!!

We talked and laughed and the director had to call us down a time or two, 
a lasting connection.

Shirley said, "Does it get any better than this?"
I know, right?
Watching our girls whom we love better than life, 
do what they love better than life!
They were Bigger than LIFE!

Graduation, babies, infertility and we'd frequently run into each in Walmart.

"How's Miriam?"
"How's Christy?"

"Were those years not the best???"

"The best!"

Fast Forward 2015
Washington County High School 
Theatre Reunion

Frenchie and Sandi are reunited.

I'm making my way out of the theatre at the last show.

I hear someone call my name!

Big Smile.  Big Hug.

"Missed you."
"Missed you."
"Was this not the best! Does it get any better than this?"

A brief conversation with her daughter.
"Oh, Mrs. Bonnie, thank you so much for calling.
We were talking about you a few days ago."

On the she can rest...sweet, sweet girl
who loves the Lord and loves her mama.

"Can I pray with you?"

I have no idea what I said.  It honestly felt like empty words spoken.
I even told the Lord that!

Teach Sunday School.  Asked the class to pray. I left early with that nagging pain 
and decided that maybe I just needed to be home so I could pray.
I prayed, felt nothing.  Told the Lord that!

In the middle of the prayers, I get a text...
"She's gone."


My thoughts are all over the place. 
You were thinking of me?

A brief connection can last a lifetime.

Why in those final moments did she think of me?

I can't wrap my mind around it. 

"Be still, my soul and know that He is God."


(I'm bringing out my pink roses for sure!)


  1. Oh Bonnie, how my heart aches for you... Yes, roses will bloom again, dear friend. May you find joy and comfort in the Lord. Hugs!

  2. Bonnie, She thought of you because you made an impression in her life. Some times it doesn't have to be the BFF kind of friendships. Hugs to you and prayers for all. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  3. Oh Bonnie! I am so sad for you and your friend. Perhaps she thought of you because she knew you would think of her. So very sorry. xx

  4. Morning Bonnie, so very sad, hoping your roses will bloom once again,Hugs Francine.

  5. Ohhhhhhh sweet heart aches....good friends and friendship last, matter how much time has passed....sending you lots of love.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Friendship like that lasts beyond our years here on earth. Hugs

  7. I've learned that even brief meetings can last a lifetime. How sad that your friend is gone, but, our loss is Heaven's gain. Prayers for her family and for you. Be well. Luv ~:)

  8. I am so very sorry! We never know how we might affect another's life. I know she was thinking of you as she was preparing to go home. That is such a treasure for you to hold in your heart. May God wrap you in His love and give you peace.


  9. Oh Bonnie, I'm sorry for this loss. It's obvious that you were important to her. I'm glad you were able to talk to her daughter and pray for her. Although sad, this is a beautiful post.

  10. Hello Bonnie, I know you were a gentle and a sweet and funny girl in her life long ago and she found comfort in those memories! This brought tears to my eyes!!
    Hugs, I loved the Roses...
    Roxy xo

  11. Sending you hugs, my friend. Such sweet memories you shared.

  12. You were her rose. You will always have that. I can feel you loss...we have lost 2 nephews with heart attacks so recently and so close together. They were brothers.

    Roses will bloom again...and you are one of those roses that is blooming now. Hugs.

  13. It sure sounds like your friend thought of you so fondly. I'm so sorry to hear about this dear person in your life. Thinking of you today, Bonnie. Yes, bring the pink roses out. They are beautiful.

    love, ~Sheri


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