Where The Orange Blossoms Grow....

Hello! Welcome to the Stricklen's blog. We hope to keep our family and friends up to date with what is going on with our family. You will find a variety of experiences posted here -- you may find pictures of the never ending project of building our house, Callie helping William with his first steps, Mary studying a rare insect species, or perhaps you may be terribly bored with Molly's numerous fruit trees, berries, vegetables and rare plant pictures! Who knows what we may find Chris and CJ doing -- probably something having to do with a tractor or machine of sorts. Abby and Margaret will keep us entertained with costumes from other lands or a fairy story. Whatever we post, we trust it will lift your spirits and bring honor and glory to our Lord!

Sunday, May 10, 2009



We LOVE you, Mama! You have always been a wonderful example of godly motherhood for all of us. Thank you for sacrificing so much for us to make sure we grow up to be women of God!


Callie, Mary, Abby, and Margaret

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.

Proverbs 31:28


"Oh, I am so surprised! I asked Mary to upload a picture for me of my mother so I could write a short tribute to her and I found this sweet tribute to me!" Molly

To my Blessed Mother

What a blessing you are to me! You bless me in more ways than I can express. Thank you so much for your STEDFAST faithfulness. I believe that is truly one of your greatest virtues - among many. Your stedfast faithfulness is something I can always depend on and it has challenged me to be sure to set that same example for my children. I appreciate your love for God's Holy Word. I am so thankful for your multi - generational vision and the fire you have in your heart for the generations that will come after you to have a Christ centered, Biblical worldview. Those who will come after you will definitely "find you faithful". I especially appreciate the "purist" that you are and strive to emulate that character trait you possess.
I appreciate all the homemaking skills you have taught me -- too many to number. I use those skills every day to enrich our family. You have taught me not only to be a loving Mother, but useful and competent helpmeet, teacher, cook, gardener, musician, and naturalist to name a few.
May the Lord keep His hand upon you and give you length of days and LONG life!
I love you very much!
Your loving daughter,


Bonnie said...

Oh, what a sweet tribute! I am a blessed mother, indeed! We had a wonderful time with y'all today -- four generations: Great-grandmother Harris, me and Grandma Sue, you and Beth, and all the youngin's. The food was wonderful, but the fellowship and love was precious beyond measure.

Thank you, Children, for a wonderful Mother's Day. I am blessed.

Love, Mother/Grandmother

The Dischers said...

What a fun surprise from Mary! That picture is so nice, Molly!

Ditto to everything you said about our blessed Mama :)

It was a fun day. Thanks for hosting it.

Love, Beth

The Miller Family said...

That was a beautiful picture of you, Molly, and a beautiful and fitting tribute to our mama!