Thursday, December 16, 2021

Rock My World!

 


May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. ~Psalm 19:14


When granddaughter, Virginia, presents with her drawing that I feature in the previous post, she also gives us this bag of rocks.  ROCKS???  What, you might ask, do rocks have to do with missing your grandparents?

But I know their significance immediately.

When Virginia is younger, and frequently staying over at our house, she loves to collect rocks wherever we go.  She is especially intrigued by the stones her Papa (aka Danny) places in various spots in our yard to help control erosion and encourage more moss growth.




Mind you, I don't let her collect too many of these at any given time as that would defeat the purpose of the rock piles, but I do encourage her to look for the prettiest ones.

I've saved most of the stones she has gathered in a special container.  As you can see, we have a moment of whimsy with two of them.


But here are Virginia's special "gems."


We collect, or rather I buy, these during our several visits to the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History located right here in Kennesaw.  These are the only items of interest to her in the gift shop, and Gammie is relieved she doesn't ask for more expensive items!

Virginia's gift of rocks is a loving acknowledgement of fun times spent with her grandparents.  When I ask if she would like us to add this thoughtful collection to one of Papa's stone paths, she is absolutely delighted.  I tell her I'll find a separate area in need of stones so we'll always know they came from her.



And every time we look at them, we'll think of her, and the deep, rock-hard love we have, and will always have, for one another.

Amen!

34 comments:

  1. Amazing how simple things like stones can mean so much. You are encouraging a loving heart in your grand-daughter. She will remember this moment all her life. Thank you.

    God bless you and your family.

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    1. It is the simple things that make life grand, Victor. I do think Virginia will always remember her passion for rock collecting.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. What a cool memory for Virginia to have. And she'll have it for life.

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    1. It is certainly a cool memory for Virginia and for us, Glynn.
      Love and blessings!

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  3. Dearest Martha Jane,
    A wonderful hobby of your granddaughter and very thoughtful and even thought provoking.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Mariette. Although Virginia is much more interested in outer space these days, I'm so glad she hasn't forgotten how much fun we had collecting rocks.
      Love and blessings!

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  4. That kind of love a child has difficulty turning away from no matter how old they get. You have given a good tribute to her and a good memory for her.

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    1. Virginia has a unique way to show her love for us, Bill, and for that, I'm endlessly grateful.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. I'm so touched by Virginia's gesture ... the thoughts which must have preceded her giving. Instinctively, she knew you'd get it. Thank you for sharing your blessing!

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    1. We were so touched, too, Myra, as you can well imagine. I'm so glad this post spoke to your heart, my friend.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. MerrY CHRISTmas to you and your family. I hope you have more “rocky moments” in your future. CHRISTmas blessings.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, too, Nells! Yes, here's to some pleasant rocky moments in the future.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. Oh, how I love this, Martha!! So special. Merry Christmas and thank you for the card!!

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    1. So glad to know the card arrived, Terri! Glad you enjoyed the post here.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Great; it's fine to see how the thought of rock and stone goes through the Scriptures.

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    1. Yes, David, the Bible surely is filled with references to rocks, God's firm foundation.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. I love how the simple things can mean so much more than expensive gifts, Martha. And I love how much "Gammie and Papa" appreciate those simple gifts. I loved collecting rocks, too, as a child. (Still love them:)) I would hammer them open to see the beauty inside. The brilliance compared to the worn outsides always amazed me. :) Thank you for sharing these stories. Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy, for sharing your own journey of discovery with rocks. My brother majored in geology, so perhaps, Virginia got her first inclination from that inherited gene - lol! Rocks are fascinating to me, too, especially in light of their immutable aspects that remind us of the steadfastness of God's power and love.
      Love and blessings!

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  10. "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things"--Robert Brault. Virginia already gets it--thanks to her Gammie and Papa!

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    1. Amen, Nancy! The little things are definitely the big things when push comes to shove. We are so grateful for Virginia's sensitivity and memories that reveal so much about who God has made her to be.
      Love and blessings!

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  11. What a gentle spirit your little Miss Virginia is. I bet I know where that comes from. :-) Merry CHRISTmas sweet friend. Don't be surprised if folks start sending rocks to Miss Virginia.

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    1. I'll have to tell Virginia that if folks start sending her rocks, she has her "Uncle" J. D. to blame. :) She is a very sensitive soul, that's for sure, and we are blessed in so many ways by her and all our grand girls.
      Love and blessings and Merry Christmas!

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  12. The rocks are such a treasured gift, I'm sure! Thanks for sharing the backstory with us, Martha. I love sentimental ways to share with our grands.

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    1. A treasured gift, indeed, Lisa, but Virginia is our true treasure.
      Love and blessings!

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  13. I LOVE your rocks! All of my children had rock tumblers---they loved turning those rocks into "jewels".
    Blessings, My Friend!

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    1. And that's exactly what these are in the eyes of a child - jewels! Maybe, I'll get the girls a rock tumbler next Christmas, Lulu.
      Love and blessings!

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  14. I love the precious “gems” you share with your granddaughter and how each one points to Christ. Although these are little things, they are absolutely priceless. I pray that the many lessons, and love in which they were taught, will take root in Virginia’s heart and she will always walk closely with the Lord because of your example.

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    1. Oh, Beckie, that is my heart's prayer! I want nothing better for Virginia than to have a personal relationship with Jesus, knowing He loves her beyond measure. The Lord is her true Rock and Redeemer!
      Love and blessings!

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  15. love the whimsey. have you seen the various pebble artistry? I tried to find an example but couldn't copy it. amazing what even ordinary rocks portray when placed just right. Merry Christmas, Martha!!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, Jean! Yes, rocks do hold a certain significance when we think of the Rock upon which our faith stands.
      Merry Christmas!
      Love and blessings!

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    Happy new year, friend!

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