God knew what He was doing
when He sent a gentle breeze
and brought a lovely butterfly
to set my heart at ease.
The happiness of your friendship
and the gentleness of your words
have touched my life in special ways
and now I feel assured.
Thank you for your loyalty
and for reading everyday.
I only hope you find things
to make a happy day.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Favorite Thing Saturday
It's time for a Favorite Thing Saturday again. Time flies. My favorite thing this week is a place in our town. It sits on the corner of our Church property. A place for people to sit awhile and pray, meditate or just remember . This is the Sacred Heart Memorial Grotto on the grounds of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Byron, Illinois. It was built in 2010. I wrote about it in it's own blog while it was under construction. You can find it in my blog listings. It was quite an undertaking and the results...you can see in the pictures below.
Here it is on a summer day. A beautiful addition to our Church. Many families take pictures here of their kids who are being confirmed, first communion, and weddings.
The architect drew up these plans after seeing the drawing that was the dream of one man. He certainly wasn't an artist, but he had an idea in his mind of how it would be. He hired the best craftsmen to build this and sat there supervising everyday.
The statue of Jesus arrived by truck on a cold snowy day. It was ordered from Italy and would be the focal point of the Grotto.
The surrounding gardens were planted and cared for by several ladies of our Church.Some flowers have done well and others had to be replaced. The roses are doing especially well.
The Grotto at night, is a beautiful sight. Drivers going by stop to look at it. Children leave little mementos for Jesus. Once in a while a flower is just lying there. The benches are inscribed with names of family members. The benches sit on pavers where members of our Church have put their family names for remembrance.
This Grotto is very personal to me. It was the dream of my husband, Joe. He thought about it and drew it up for the architect. He was the general contractor for this project. He was there everyday helping when he could. It is a memorial to his first wife and all of our deceased family are remembered with a paver. This gift to the Church will live on after we are gone. It's one of my favorite things.