F is for Family



The most important thing in life to me is family. I feel blessed each day to have my family and I am lucky to have married into another loving family.

Last Friday, Good Friday, I stood in my kitchen and noticed someone messing with our large, flower pots in front of the house. I peered through the blinds to take a better look. It was raining and a gentleman in a rain coat and a black and yellow checked scarf was transforming the gloomy, unplanted pots into a rainbow of colour. It was my father-in-law. I smiled, called my husband and headed outside. As I opened the front door, a single pink rose and a package of freshly made strawberry cake was placed on the step (undercover).

My mother-in-law, who was sitting in the car out of the rain, told me that sowing seeds or planting something new on Good Friday brings luck. I was so touched that they would do this for us. It brought a tear to my eye. I am so blessed to have incredibly lovely in-laws. I did ask about the strawberry cake and if there was some symbolic meaning to that – no, it’s just to eat and enjoy.
 
Has anyone done anything surprising and lovely for you recently?

Comments

  1. That is so loving and beautiful! Didn't know about the Good Friday custom.

    My PIL have passed away several years ago, but when they were around they would spring similarly moving surprises. Miss them deeply.

    This is my first post out reading, and it was simply lovely. Thank you, Nicola.

    Best,
    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Thank you so much, Nilanjana.

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  2. What a lovely thing to do, I felt all choked up reading that. It must be wonderful to have such thoughtful in laws xx

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    1. I am very lucky, Teresa and they are so patient with me and my Englishness :)

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  3. Aw, that's such a lovely gesture, Nicola - you are blessed indeed. I did come home recently to find a huge bouquet of flowers on my doorstep and was bemused (as was husband and daughter!). It was a thank you from an elderly friend whom I've been helping to put together a short story collection. Lovely surprise.

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  4. That was a sweet thing for them to do!

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  5. My aunt used to plant potatoes on Good Friday saying it was the best time. With Easter being a movable feast it didn't make sense. Earlier today a friend walked in with a long thin cactus. It's about a metre long and made me burst out laughing. It's ridiculous and a lovely thought.

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    1. Uh-oh :):) I wish you and your cactus a lot of laughter.

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  6. how very fortunate you are with your family. Strawberry cake AND flowers :)

    It's often the simple things that touch us.

    @cassmob from
    Family History Across The Seas


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    1. I was touched. Thank you so much for popping by to visit and comment. Much appreciated.

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  7. Loving family is a true blessing from God. I have counseled so many who were not as fortunate to have loving family members. Treasure them while they are with you. Thank you for visiting my blog and making such nice comments. :-)

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    1. I appreciate my family more than I can say. They fill my life with sunshine and ward off the darkness if it dares to step my way :)

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  8. What a sweet surprise! And what a sweet set of in-laws you have. F for Family is a way to post today.

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  9. That is a beautiful tradition to have and to pass on, not just to family, but strangers as well.

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    1. Yes, I was thinking of paying it forward next year, now that I know about it.

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  10. That's so sweet. My family is like that. We notice something and try and to suprise each other just because that's what you do with family. :-)

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    1. That's great, Sydney. Thanks for popping by.

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  11. That was indeed a surprise and I'm happy you could enjoy it. I love it when I experience such events in my own life.

    Visiting from the A to Z Blog Challenge.

    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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  12. How lovely! I've not heard that about Good Friday, but I reckon it's something to do with the planting at full moon theory :)
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts
    Jemima Pett

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  13. In answer to your question, I was about to say no one has done anything lovely or surprising - but then I remembered how sweet my husband has been lately. Mustn't take it for granted.
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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    1. My husband has been very sweet lately, too. Let's hope it lasts :):)

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  14. That sounds very nice. You have a good family :)

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    1. I do. Thank you for popping over.

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  15. People come and go but family is forever. I'm blessed to have such a amazing extended family.

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    1. Me too, Stephen. Thank you for popping by.

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  16. What a beautiful gesture! One of those that would be lovely to pass on. I've a very attentive husband too, but it was my oldest son washing the dishes that really made my day. Unusual, and so welcome! :)

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    1. Aaawww, that's nice of your son. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. So touching that I think my heart might burst.

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  18. I don't recall anyone doing anything like that, but I do have a very special family. I never take my family for granted. There was a time that I may have, but I've lost too many family members and now I appreciate everything, even the smallest favors or even simple things. Family means everything. I have been truly blessed on every side and by that I also include my ex-inlaws. I share a very special and close relationship with my ex-husband's parents. He is an only child and his parents spend time with our family when they are in town. Our children are very important to them. They just vacationed in Florida with my mom, after my dad died in January. Thank you for reminding me of how rare, unique and special the family bond is. I need to make a point of doing something symbolic for my family members to show them my love and appreciation.

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    1. So happy you are blessed with a lovely family, Melissa. Thank you for taking the time to share and wish you a wonderful weekend.

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    2. It is nice to be blessed with a lovely family. This blog is amazing. I too have been blessed to have married a man and gained a second loving family. We have dealt with our fair share of drama and hard times. As he has an ex wife who we have to thank for that. They were always so nice to her. But when she divorced him for another man, they tried to continue to treat with her respect and be kind to her. As they were close with her mother. But even then that wasn't good enough for her. At one point she refused to let the grandparents see the children, because she told them what a bad person their son was. So to see their grandchildren today they walk on egg shells. They are from Chicago. So is my husband. So they don't get to see them quite as much as they use to. But they are looking to by a house in our neighborhood soon. I don't know if I am excited about that or a little hesitant. Haha. Kidding

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  19. any act of kindness or any expression of love and affection always remains a cherished memory.

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  20. What a wonderful gesture!
    You are blessed because there are many who have nightmare stories about in-laws...
    Writer In Transit

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