I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who sent me messages of kindness and support during the shocking and sad events of the last weeks. I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to experience all of you embracing my mother and me during this time; it was truly like being held by the Body of Christ.
In the midst of the anxiety and grief at my house, something beautiful was happening in my kitchen window: my overwintered flowering maple, which had grown into a straggling and unlovely plant during its time inside, suddenly developed flower buds and burst into bloom. Please consider this my virtual bouquet to all of you for your love and caring. I took this photo the morning the flowers opened; when I looked at it today the sunrise in the background seemed to be a beacon leading my life in a new direction. And I can't ask for better traveling companions on this journey. Thanks again.
My abutilon -- newly in bloom