Big Plans For A Flower

It was a while back, shortly after Valentine’s Day, Katy and I were in a store together when she asked, “Mama, if I put something in the buggy and buy it with my allowance will you pretend you don’t see it?”

I smiled down at her. “I know nothing”, I responded, and respectfully turned away, pretending not to see the little bud vase with a heart on it that said “Mom”. I kept up the act all the way to the checkout, and dutifully handed her the bag, with her secure in my obliviousness to what she was doing.

When we got home she went out into the yard for a while and came in later to ask “Do you think our buttercups are going to bloom at all this year?”.

“I’m not sure, Katy. Looks like they skipped a year again. No telling why.” 

She went back out and studied the yard some more, coming in disappointed. The vase seemed to be forgotten but I figured it was for Mother’s Day so I’d have Ricky take her to get some flowers as it got a little closer and filed all of this away in the back of my mind as Katy got busy with other things.

A few days ago, though, as we were walking to the car, her eyes lit up and she turned and ran to an iris with buds on the end. “Look Mama!! This flower is going to bloom!!! Do you know about how long it will take?” I looked at it and took a guess “Hmm, hard for me to tell you for sure but I’d think within a few days, maybe a week.” She beamed at that flower and looked up to the heavens with a thankful smile.

In the car the excitement was just too much for her to contain. “I have big plans for that flower, Mama. I won’t tell you what it is but you are going to love it, just wait and see.”

The rest of the day was spent enjoying the sun and chatting away as we ran our errands, cooked supper, finished school work and my blog work. She checked the iris once more before bed, just to make sure. Alas, it was still a bud.

Yesterday she walked outside and saw the iris in full bloom. I was standing in the kitchen when she ran into the house, the door slamming behind her, and then ran right back out again.

“Close your eyes!” she yelled, as she ran in a second time.

I replied, “They’re closed!” 

“Don’t open them!” she yelled. “

“Okay!” I yelled back.

“I’m making you a surprise!”  

Grinning from ear to ear with my eyes closed, I listened as she went into the bathroom and turned the water on to fill the vase, knowing full well what my girl was up to. She grew under my heart, I know this child. Then, her footsteps went out to my desk and moments later stood in front of me.

“Okay, you can open them now. Go check your desk.” 

I went out to find the beautiful Iris in my beautiful vase, a gift from my beautiful Katy.

“I told you I had big plans for that flower, Mama.” 

Blessings overflow.

katy's vase

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  ~Phil 4:19

Children are a gift from the Lord. ~Psalm 127:3


  1. That is so sweet! It just made me cry! What a wonderful gift and darlings daughter. Your story is close to my heart. A few years ago I replanted a bunch of iris bulbs that my great grandma and grandma planted out here years ago. This year, right before my eyes, the iris came out to play! I felt like your little girl must have felt watching the buds and waiting for them to bloom. Thank you for this story, it brightened my day already!

  2. What a blessing, just way too adorable and so loving! Katie has has such a kind loving giving heart and wonderful spirit.

  3. And, just as your Katy Rose had big plans for that flower, so does God have big plans for her as she blossoms under your very eyes! What a precious, sweet child God has gifted you with, Christy! She is blooming right where He planted her in your family. Such an awesome responsibility, isn’t it? Today is my birthday, and my 14-year-old put her heart and soul into making me a homemade birthday card. I could see her hiding it under her school books every time I walked in the room, and even though I knew what she was up to, it was no less the sweetest surprise when she presented it to me. I remember going through years of infertility treatments and a miscarriage before she finally came along, and it was so fitting that we brought her home from the hospital the day before Mother’s Day. Such unspeakable joy! Thanks for sharing that story with us. Give that little buttercup of yours a hug!

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