Day 25 May Blog Challenge – Sweet Words

Today’s May Blog Challenge Topic:

Day 25, Saturday: Something someone told you about yourself that you’ll never forget (good or bad):

Ash Tree

I remember an early spring morning sitting on the gliding swing bench in our backyard.  The sky was blue with a sprinkling of clouds and the air was still cool but had reached the place where the early morning began to welcome the warmth of the sun.  There was a light breeze that set the leaves dancing on the small ash tree we had planted a year before in our new home in Arizona.  I had told my then 7-year-old daughter, Tamara, and three-year-old son, Evan, that the tree would grow with them in the years to come, that the roots would grow strong even though we might not see them because they were hidden under the ground and the branches would reach up towards the sun.  But the best part of this particular morning was that sitting on the glider cuddled up close was my four-year-old little boy.  I was a tired mommy that morning – my husband was on a business trip – and it felt wonderful to just swing gently back and forth and enjoy the morning together.  But magic happened when Evan turned to me and took my face in his hands.  His finger began to draw on my face.  I asked what he was doing and he said “Your face is like a heart and a heart means love.”  I wasn’t tired anymore for I had been infused with the strength of LOVE to hit my day running.

 It’s been 22 years since Evan made that statement and both of my children have grown tall like the tree.  They are both amazing and I am blessed to be their mother.  I continue to pray that like this tree their roots are grounded in what is good, that they look up towards the Son for nourishment and that like the leaves they dance in the wind.



  1. Debbie – this is beautiful! I have been lucky to watch both the tree and your amazing children grow. In keeping with the metaphor… You provided the water and nutrients to enable this tremendous growth!

    • Hi Amy,
      Thanks for stopping by and reading. Your comment means a lot to me as well as your friendship.