Thursday, May 24, 2007

Our Lady of Grace

"Hail Mary, Full of Grace...."

When I picked up our garden statue from the nursery, I did not anticipate the graces Our Lady would bestow on us through this small cast-stone image of her. I did not realize I would repeat the words above every time I caught a glimpse of her through my kitchen glass patio door, through the window in the dining room where I eat all of my meals, or when I play outside with my girls. She is a constant reminder, with her outstretched arms, that every good and beautiful gift I have comes from her Divine Son through her own hands - the loving hands which held and nurtured the Savior and then surrendered Him to us so that we might one day join both of them in Paradise.

She makes me happy. When I wake in the morning with coffee in hand I greet her smiling, and ask her to help me through the day. When I am scrubbing my kitchen floor she watches me like a loving mother, reminding me that she once cleaned a home for her family. When I eat lunch with the girls we sit facing the window so that we can see her, and we will soon enjoy summer dinners outside as she watches over our picnic table.

Our Lady's garden was blessed by a priest the first day we brought her home. We had been planning to host a dinner last Saturday for two Norbertines, one a priest and the other a deacon. When I learned the statue arrived at the garden shop the day before we would have these holy men in our home, I made sure she would be there for dinner at six!

I knew I would love having a special garden in honor of Mary. I knew I wanted my girls to grow up planting special flowers for her, crowning her head in May, and bringing occasional gifts for her to enjoy (so far these have been toys and sandwiches!). But I never considered how much she would give back through this small space we have made for her. It makes perfect sense, though, for she is indeed "full of grace".

The Garden
A close-up of her aged cast stone patina finish.

Two admirers and the piety of a toddler,
purely on her own initiation (though composed when
she discovered I was taking pictures!)


17 comments:

Carmen said...

Kristen, The wait is over! The garden looks beautiful. Your blog is so inspiring. I look forward to it each day. Thanks, Carmen

Kristen Laurence said...

Oh Carmen, what a nice compliment! Thank you. Now I fear I will be out of a computer again through the weekend. Perhaps I should post it.

Katherine in TX said...

The garden turned out beautiful.

Angie said...

Really beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

So lovely!

Gabrielle said...

It really is lovely, Kristen. You and the girls did a beautiful job, and it just shows you how much can be done with even a small space. You have inspired me to try something like this too.

Julie said...

Happy to find you back blogging! Your garden is absolutely beautiful... and so inspiring!

Cheryl M. said...

Kristen - your Marian garden project turned out lovely! Your girls are too precious! :)

Meredith said...

Our Lady of Grace is one of our favorite statues of Our Lady, she blesses us daily too!! Beautiful garden and those little cherubs are pretty cute too, ;) Have a great weekend!

betty said...

What a PRICELESS picture! Your Marian garden is gorgeous! Your little ones are so precious, pious and pure! What memories you are making for your angel girls!!!

Jane Ramsey said...

Very beautiful, Kristen!

Suzanne Temple said...

Very pretty.

Jennifer F. said...

This post is such a treasure. It's so sweet, it makes me want to get a statue of Our Lady for outside my window as well. Thanks for the idea!

Marcia said...

So where did you end up purchasing your beautiful statue from?

scmom said...

I love your choice of Marys. Very pretty.

Manuel said...

Simply beautiful! -Faith

Kristen Laurence said...

Thank you, ladies.

Marcia, I purchased the statue from Campania International through a local garden center. Their garden products can be found at campaniainternational.com. God bless!