Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thanksgiving Cactus...

She's in bloom again!  She's actually called a Christmas Cactus, but the past two or three years, she has bloomed at Thanksgiving and Easter and sometimes in between times, so I'm really not sure what to call her.   How about Beautiful?  When the trees are all bare and the the majority of the birds have all flown south and the grasses and flowers are all spent, I am blessed and grateful for my little indoor flower garden.  There is no place of honor where she grows.  She prefers the inconspicuous basement corner near the window in my laundry room to any other place in the house.  It's rather cool and very bright there and I guess she likes the climate.  I'd sometimes like to move her out to the main hub of the house, the dining room , but I know she would not be  happy with so much warmth and attention, so the laundry room remains her happy home.  Since I find myself in the laundry room often, I observe and appreciate her ebb and flow of loveliness.  Now and then I will invite a family member or visitor into the laundry room for a peek at her, but mostly, she lives in seclusion. 

I think of her as a gift from God, given especially to me.  He knows how much I love beautiful, growing things, and He knows that the rough and rustic country where I live does not produce blooms like this, but instead, grasses and forbes, with a beauty of their own, but meant mostly for grazing livestock.  I'm not frustrated by that, but I am grateful when I get the treat of such beauty right where I live -- even in the humble place where it prefers to grow -- the laundry room.  In  remote and obscure places, God brings beauty.  He does it in our lives too.

Be still and know that I am God.
~Psalm 46:10


  1. I believe God does know all the secret little places of our hearts and he visits us and blesses there! How sweet is your little blessing!
    I'm having a GIVE A WAY..Come see :D

  2. It is beautiful. God is good...

  3. It's beautiful Jodie! I laughed when I saw your title thinking "wait a minute -- is there any such thing as a Thanksgiving Cactus?" Thanks for clarifying!

  4. She blooms where she is planted and sings a love song to the Lord. I love that! And I love that you get the privilege to see it happen.

    Take care~

  5. So pretty! I killed my Christmas cactus this summer by leaving it outside. Just too hot in south Texas. Made me sad.

  6. Jody,

    Should I be expecting blooms on my two little guys soon? They're just happily doing nothing.

  7. Se is the multi-holiday catus, she is beautiful xoxo Clarice

  8. Loved the post. I have one as well, and she is blooming, not as pretty as yours but she is younger, by the looks of it.

    Beautiful pictures.


  9. Oho.... so pretty. Mine is dying already .Guess its because I brought it into my dining room...
    Yours is sooo much bigger than mine too. bet I need to transplant it this summer.

  10. Jody I look forward to the flowering of your christmas cactus as mine struggles here in England. I fear it is the gardener's fault though:(
    I loved what you wrote and it made me think of "bloom where you are planted" ~ there's a great lesson we can learn from your little cactus plant.
    Ann xox

  11. My father-in-law who was a gardener had a Christmas cactus that he had for 40 years or more. They kept it in a front porch that was cool but bright and every Christmas that plant would be just huge and covered in bloom. I wish now I had taken a picture of it. After he passed away my SIL took it and I must ask her if it is still blooming as well.

    I really love your blog and your life as compared to a city gal like me. You seem very happy and contented and have a great family.

    Hugs to you


  12. Small, beautiful things in tucked away places--my favorites!


  13. It's so beautiful! I just put a Christmas Cactus on my Christmas list!!


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