Kate Motaung

Five-Minute Friday – My Surprise

It’s Five-Minute Friday and I am joining Kate Matoung and my #FMF friends and the word is surprise.  I was surprisee because I missed the prompt last night.

In June 2014, my husband took me on a surprise ride as a birthday trip.  He told me to gather up my camera, and let’s go for a ride.   That was something out of the norm, but I did what I was told.

These pictures share some of what I was blessed to see, and it made one of my most memorable birthdays because I had lost my Mom in February 2013.  It was the day before my birthday in June of 2014, and my hubby saw these flowers while on his way somewhere else.  Mom loved sunflowers.  We took them to her often, and we would stop often times on the way to see her and pick wild ones.

Here is just one pictures I took that beautiful day:


If you would like to see my other pictures and a really good lesson on sunflowers which I researched and learned after that trip please enjoy this post entitled “Lessons On Sunflowers”.

The year Mom died we had a voluntary sunflower just pop up in a flower bed in our yard.  Coincidence.  I don’t think so.  After twenty plus years at this house we never had a sunflower just pop up.  I think that was a God surprise just for me that summer.




50 thoughts on “Five-Minute Friday – My Surprise”

    1. Hey neighbor. I’m hopping thru and visiting all our neighbors today. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see visit you in a bit. YES, YES he’s a keeper.


    1. After I saw that one Alisa, the next summer a farmer had a big field about 5 minutes from here. I had to run back home and get my camera. They are really beautiful.


  1. I LOVE sunflowers! Those are beautiful pictures! God is good! Thanks for linking up with us at #BloggersSpotlight! Please link up again next week!

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  2. “The year Mom died we had a voluntary sunflower just pop up in a flower bed in our yard. Coincidence. I don’t think so. ” I don’t think so either! God loves giving us surprise gifts like this, doesn’t He? On the first anniversary of Mum’s homecoming God also gifted us beautiful surprise gifts, much too co-incidental not to be from Him.

    Beautiful post. BTW I’m so sorry for your loss. So thankful God is waking beside you through the grief.

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    1. Thank you June. I would love to see another field but they aren’t there this year. Moments we have to grab and savor.


  3. Oh, I love your sunflower surprise! ..and the thoughtfulness of your husband. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    And, please do join us on 52 lists! I have found it to be so encouraging of deeper thoughts through such a simple, easy list.

    Sweet Blessings!

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    1. Thank you. I would still like to join you ladies. Having a hard time fitting it in this hectic schedule. I will be watching and hoping to continue with you.


  4. Oh I love sunflowers too. What a sweet God surprise! My motherinlove loved sunflowers. She went home to be with Jesus this Oct. will be two year ago. Last year I decided to plant just a few sunflowers. Never thinking they would come up as I grabbed a few packs of seeds from the dollar store. Well low and behold they came up and was the most beautiful sunflowers ever. The God surprise was for my middle daughter who was grieving her Nanny more so on a particular day. On that day I walked out to look at the sunflowers and there they stood, in full bloom facing the sun. I snapped a picture and sent it to her to remind her that her nanny loved her so much. I ADORE God surprises. Have a good weekend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy


    1. Cindy I adore God surprises and seems He sends them every single day. I just am too busy some days to notice them. I love how you were able to send a picture to your daughter and bless her. Hope your weekend has been fabulous too. Ours was because the 2 year old grandson spent the night last night and went to church with us.


  5. What beautiful sunflowers. I literally have never seen a sunflower field. How pretty. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your heart about you mom. Have a wonderful week!


    1. WOW Jaime. I have grown up with them. I had never seen a sunflower patch where they were being farmed until my hubby drove me to see one. Have a great weekend.


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