Category: Gratitude

Poems and Flowers

Karen’s Whimsy

We enjoy buying flower bouquets when we go to a store. As bouquets fade, we create new arrangements.

fog, green leaves
and beach grasses
a blue vase
with red carnations
by the window

Karen’s Whimsy

trimming the stems
of carnations
and giving them
fresh water
October sun

Photo by Karl
Ellen Grace Olinger

more poems

more poems
than I can write
morning work
and then leaves
in light and pine cones
on the spruce tree

Ellen Grace Olinger

early morning

early morning
light on an old painting
in a new place

And I remember an older poem.

rearranging
art on the walls
cards, and small gifts
from friends
I see them anew 

Photo by Oksana Abramova on Pexels.com
Photo by Helen on Pexels.com

First Christmas Letter

Karl and I sponsor a child with Compassion International. He is four years old and lives with his family in Mexico. We received a form to write a Christmas letter, to add to our gift online. This week we wrote a short note, to say Merry Christmas to the child and his family. Translation takes time, and then the delivery of letters.

We also correspond through email at Compassion International. We have worked with them for years, and have also sponsored children in Kenya and Peru. It is also possible to help without being a sponsor. Their commitment is to make sure every child in their program receives a Christmas gift, whether or not they have a sponsor.

I am also thinking a lot about veterans, including my father and others in our families.