The Flowering Vine: Stardate, 1981


The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory- 1 Corinthians 15:41 (NLT)


Today was a beautiful day!

A celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary, and all of our children and their children converged from everywhere to spend this occasion with us.

Of course, we missed the older boys who have all grown up and moved forward on their separate journeys.

Ronnie and Eric are in the military and Angelo is teaching out of state.

We know they would have been here if they could have.

But isn’t that what the whole thing is about?

You have your babies, hope and pray over them, raise them and give them wings to fly.

Bittersweet–that’s exactly what it is.

But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We’ve been blessed and we know it.

All of our children are healthy and have gone on to do great things.

And when we look at the grandchildren we see bits and pieces of Ma Lula, Ma Allie, Ma Hallie, Pa Babe, Alberta, Aunt Elvy and, believe it or not, those Hatfields.

Quite naturally, they favor one another physically– but their individual glory differs just like the stars that sparkle and glimmer at night.

All in all, despite the hard times and hurt feelings, we did it!

We did exactly what God wanted and His grace has been our strength to see it through.

And now…

We rest.

“Good night Leroy.”

“Good night Annie.”


And thus ended the series…but not the story.  Both Ron and I will continue to weave tales about our family between the two blogs.

Thank you so much for all of your support and for reading “The Flowering Vine.”

Love and light to you all!

Lady G




29 thoughts on “The Flowering Vine: Stardate, 1981

  1. T. Wayne

    It’s over. It’s over! IT’S OVER?!? WHAAAT?

    Oh goodness. Such a great series you two have cooked up here. I enjoyed every twist and turn in the tales.

    You and Ron have done what the greats do: leave us wanting more. Thanks!

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  2. Woebegone but Hopeful

    Spectacular picture and a beautiful quotation Gwin.
    Thanks to you and Ron for taking us along on the ‘The Flowering Vine’ journey.
    I’m sure there’s a book in here.
    All the best

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  3. Looking forward to more tales, Lady G! You and Ron did an absolutely fabulous job with this series. Like I have said, the two of you need to get together and write a book or a screenplay. I can see it as a mini-series on OWN.

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    1. That’s exactly what I thought GP Cox! I can see people glued to the TV waiting excitedly to see what happens in the next episode. And yes there is a lot in the ‘Flowering Vine’ series which mimics other families all over the world: their hopes, their aspirations, their struggles. And I like your reference to the similarity yet uniqueness of each one.

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  4. Such a simple beauty this little piece! Thank you! This made me tear up: “their individual glory differs just like the stars that sparkle and glimmer at night.” I’m thinking that if my ex and I had stayed married, next month would have been our 50th anniversary. But – oh! our kids! Our kids grew up and are exactly like the individual glorious stars described here. Sigh. I’m so happy.

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    1. Oh hush your mouth, Ellie! Everybody knows that you are TOO young to have done anything for 50 years! LOL!
      Seriously though, thank you so much for your kind words and for supporting this blog and this series 🙂

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      1. Aw thanks for the cheery observation, kiddo! I always say my birthdate must’ve been a clerical error on my birth certificate! 😜

        As for supporting your blog – hey, I go wherever the good stuff is, G! Carry on!!

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