“Ellie May’s Garden of Grace” was created to inspire those who visit to plant seeds of kindness, love and hope. When my mother died in 2002 of pancreatic cancer I wanted to make beauty for ashes and carry on her legacy of not only her faith in Jesus, but being his hands and feet; performing random acts of kindness, being aware of the need of those in our own backyard. I’ve watched a seed be planted and it grow into a beautiful flower. As the flower withers away at the end of a season, it goes from one flower to many seeds as they fall on the ground in fertile soil. The next season that one flower, that one act of kindness, is now many and the garden is even bigger, brighter and more beautiful.
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified”. – Isaiah 61:3
This page is dedicated to the memory of my mother: Eleanor Irvin 5/23/47 – 10/15/02
“The woman who bore me is no longer alive, but I seem to be her daughter in increasingly profound ways.” – Unk