Sunday, September 14, 2008


I was thinking of all the things that have touched my heart in so many different ways in the last few days and I want to share some of them with you.

My 78 year old Mother called me right after I returned home from church today. You see she has a pear tree in her yard that has been there since I was a child. My Mom and Grandmother would pick the pears each year and make oh so many wonderful things using them. They made pickled pears, pear honey, pear preserves,and pear butter. In the last few years I have taken on this responsibility.

This morning we are incurring high winds in our area due to Ike. So our pears were being blown off the tree. My Mother was so afraid I would not have any to "put up" that she went outside with her sacks and picked them up. She called to let me know that she had saved the pears for me. You see my Mom is in bad health and this was a very hard thing for her to do. This brought me to tears what a sweet unselfish act to perform. This made me feel so loved.

My daughter called me last night to say Sissy (her Daughter) my (Granddaughter) was mad at me. I asked why of course. My Daughter told me that Sissy had been e-mailing me all week and I had not replied. I told her I had not received any e-mails. My Daughter began laughing loudly. What is so funny said I ?? She said Mom she e-mailed them to Granny @ Now I ask you how sweet is that??

In church this morning we sang this hymn....Holy Ground....

We are standing on holy ground, And I know that there are angels all around. Let us praise Jesus now. We are standing in his presence on holy ground.

When ever I sang this hymn I think of all the dear people I have known and loved who are now in Heaven. I miss them so much!!! I have such sweet memories of each of them and carry these in my heart with me always.

All of these things have made a difference in my life today and have inspired me to make a difference in someone elses life.


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Your sweet mama is a doll! No wonder you felt so are!

Hahahaha about your grand mailing her emails to "Grandma." I'm sure that you've got the email addy all straightened around now. Hope some dear grandmother somewhere got them.

I love that song that you's wonderful when we get the sense that we are indeed standing on holy ground.


Hi Mary,
I guess that you will be making so good treats with all the pears your Mom gathered for you :)
That is so sweet about the email to Grandma :) I love how children think.
Have a great Monday. It's another full week. Husband's birthday is on Friday. Take care.
Warmly, Deb

justabeachkat said...

I can see why you titled this post "Heartstrings". What a sweet post about what your Mom did and what your granddaughter said. I love that song too.

BTW...I have an award for you.


KarenHarveyCox said...

I love that hymn, and what a beautiful gesture of love your mother sewed into your tapestry of memories. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. You are right though, now she is with the Lord. You have had so many heartstrings this week. Blessings, Karen

Anonymous said...

Mary, that was such a beautiful post. I love to put up pears and I can just see those ladies putting so much love into their work. Doesn't it make things taste better? Im sure you do the same.
Im sorry you have been sick and hope you feel better.
I love that song..sometimes I feel so unworthy to sing it.I know without God we are none worthy,but you will understand what I am saying.
I hope you have a blessed week.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That is so cute what Sissy said!
You must be the only Granny out there!
I used to call the health department where many women worked and ask for "Mama".

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Mary...your mom sounds like such a wonderful, caring are truly blessed.

Your granddaughter sounds so cute...I had to laugh!

Have a great week!

Lallee said...

What a beautiful gesture by your mom. I have a feeling the pear preserves will taste better than ever this year.

Don't you want to bet there is someone out there who has that email address? I'm sure she has had lots of smiles this week if so.

Blessings abound!

Sand Flat Farm said...

You'll remember what your mom did from now on every time you have anything "pear". How sweet and how giving and what a great memory! Vickie

Jackie said...

Mary I just love that hymn. I truly believe that where ever we stand it is Holy Ground. Aren't we made in God's image?

God bless.

BittersweetPunkin said...

What a wonderful wonderful of your Mother to go pick up the pears...I can see why that means so much...I see where you got your Heart from.

Denise said...

That was so sweet and so special.... I have been gone all day and just now getting around to my puter..... Email down most of the weekend.... I got your package and will take pictures tomorrow...... your package should go out this week! :)


Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

That sounds just like a sweet mama.

Susan said...

My mom, aunt and mammaw made pear preserves, too. Good memories. We sing Holy Ground in our church, too. We sang it yesterday, even. Enjoyed your post. Thank you.

see you there! said...

Love the e-mail story. There is nothing quite like a Granddaughter.

You reminded me of a pear butter recipe I have and haven't used in ages. We don't grow pears but they are pretty inexpensive in the markets right now.


Nnairda's said...

Your granddaughter brought a big smile to my face. How sweet!

Your mother is so wonderful. It is always nice that no matter how old we get our mother's love and nurturing for us never fades.

Life is beautiful!


Sandi McBride said...

Such a lovely post to be welcomed back with! Your Mom is the sweetest, isn't she? I have pears to put up this weekend, and part of me dreads it, part of me is excited! Wish me luck, okay?

Queenly Things said...

From a good heart you came and that sweet sweet heart you have passed down the line.

bluemuf said...

Mary, Isn't life wonderful with all the special people in our lives and all the thing we can be grateful for.

Hugs karen

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

How wonderful that blessings come in so many packages!


Counting Your Blessings said...

Hey, I love that she sent them to!! Maybe you should go see if that email address is available =) Blessings... Polly

Jan said...

Wonder if someone at got alot of interesting and sweet emails? LOL!
What a sweetie!
Your mama sounds like mine! That's just something she would do!
Our angels are all around us and I thank God every day for each one of them!
Take care!

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping by with a nice comment.
I love this post you wrote. So endearing.

Becky said...

I love these stories. How sweet is that all. You are blessed.


Mary said...

Mary Isabella,

What a sweet gesture on the part of your mother. Once a mother always a mother and we think about our children when things like this come up.

Your granddaughter must have wondered why you weren't answering her. I'm sure the boys would be upset if I didn't respond. They get upset if they phone and I'm not here. LOL Grandma isn't supposed to go anywhere you know.

Memories can be bittersweet, but you will meet your loved ones again one day, my friend.

Take care, Mary and enjoy your day.


countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Mary...stop by ~ I tagged you!


Joyce said...

Very cute what you Grand daughter thought up for your "e-mail address"
Amazing how their little minds think isn't it? Just so sweet and innocent.

That was wonderful about your Mama. Those Ike winds just blew everywhere didn't they? They were here first then spread all over the U.S......crazy how those things work.

I haven't heard "Holy Ground" in forever!! I know the words by heart of course but our churches just sing the newer songs so we never hear it unless we are somewhere different....or a special event or something.
Thanks for the's a great son.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Mary,

What a sweet thing for your Mom to do. Bless her heart. And what a lovely blog you have. Thanks so much for visiting me. I hope you visit again. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and blessings,


ShabbyInTheCity said...

If you want to come over this a.m. we'll make those you-know-whats and craft a little.

Linda said...

Wow! You have a wonderful Mother!
And Granddaughter!

It's nice to get our "Heartstrings" pulled once in awhile!
Have a Great Weekend!

Sharon said...

That was so very sweet of your dear mother!

Loved the story about your granddaughter! :D

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

My pear is still as hard as a rock.


vivian said...

Mary, you are a beautiful person! and I bet you make a wonderful imprint in every life you touch.. I can tell you do. And god bless your mommy!! YOu are very lucky!

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

What a precious post today Mary! Your mom is so sweet to do that! It tugs at my heartstrings too! As well as your granddaughter! What a doll! You are indeed loved and it is beautiful!

Thank you for always having positive posts!

Big Hugs,

willzmom said...

I love that song "Holy Ground", it always gives me chills. What sweet things you have to share with us. I've missed stopping by and checking up on you, I hope to be better about that!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Awwww! I love that she tried to email you with what she thought was surely the right address, how sweet is that!


Marie Antionette said...

I love food treats as I call them.Yours sound to good.I wish you were here to make them.I cook ,but I don't make sweets,never could.You have a wonderful life .May God Bless you Marie Antionette