Thursday, December 9, 2010

christmas cactus

"i will have fries with that"
libby claire is our little RMH model! she was asked to be in some photos for a company doing fundraising for the ronald mcdonald house. she will be on the collection canisters.

bloom under stress

2 years ago a friend brought us a Christmas cactus for Christmas. they had just been blessed with their new addition. the adoption process was complete & they were to spend their first Christmas as mommy & daddy. it had tiny blooms on it & i couldn't wait to see it burst forth with the beautiful pink blossoms. it was something i cherished having given to me. i would anticipate the blooms every year. prepare for them, see the buds form, then the delicate flowers drip out of the ends of the dark green cactus leaf.

last year our cactus did not bloom. it had stayed in the same spot. i thought i had watered it not to much but enough. the sun was the same, temperature same, i was not sure what was going on. i missed seeing it bloom.

this fall i did a bit of reading up on these cactus plants.

they bloom best under stress!

i moved my plant in the closet for a few days. i completely stopped watering it. no water for months. i then pulled it out and placed it on matt's desk in the front of the house with bright sunlight. within a few days the tiny little buds began to push to the tips of the cactus leaf. they turned light pink & continued to grow. i now have a plant full of blooms ready to burst forth just in time for Christ birth.

i can relate to the Christmas cactus. we have gone through our time in the dark, closed in closet. left parched & dry. but how wonderful when i could finally see the buds. my dear friend who gave me the Christmas cactus was able to bloom during her battle with breast cancer. what is your stress?

the most important question is are you like the Christmas cactus? able to bloom under stress or do you wither away & die. refusing to bloom?

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