Thursday, April 12, 2012

PAPER ROSES


This Ozark Farm chick was shakin' like a fifty cent ladder on gutter cleanin' day when I listened to the weather and heard the frost warnins. When I turned in late last night it was thirty seven degrees and droppin'. My heart sank like a mobsters victim. Oh, my beautiful roses had buds, all my lovely perennials had pushed their heads through the earth. I'm a tad high strung and wound tighter that a three day clock but late last night....I would'a made a pressure cooker look calm.



At thirty one degrees the Ponderosa's frost holler is was colder than a tick on a Mississippi coon hound on a Montana morning. The daylilies foliage blackened bowin' their heads to the earth, my spirit plummeted lower than a snake full of buckshot. Checkin' the curly leaves on my roses. my mind was transported to a science project in our Special Ed. classroom. 'Loved those kiddos and I'd fight tigers in the dark with a switch for 'em unlike their classmates, Middle Schoolers are empathy challenged. 'Just sayin'.........

Each year we would help our very special students participate in the Middle School Science Fair. We had many projects over the years. Little Miss Feisty kept eatin' her atom molecules constructed with Skittles. Mr. I Believe I Can Fly grew colorful salt crystals but the one that really touched my heart was a little sweetheart I'll call Lilly Pie.


Lilly Pie was a 'special' student in the fifth grade. She lived with her mother, little sister and her Mom's boyfriend. Lilly lived in a dysfunctional home at best and had been showin' definite signs of sexual abuse. When Social Services confirmed the situation Lilly's mother was told that she could not have the girls in the house if the boyfriend stayed. Miss Pie's mother told this tender~hearted ten year old girl, "well somebody's gotta leave and it's not gonna be 'him'." 'Broke my heart into a thousand pieces. She was moved into her single grandfathers house. Doesn't that just frost your ankles?



Sweeter than a meal of biscuits and chocolate gravy served with southern sweet tea, this little lady approached us with her Science Fair idea. Roses!!! Woohoo, bestow my heart. Lilly Pie wanted to make a presentation on plantin' and growin' roses. She expressed the desire to present her project in book form. She chose plain old pink copy paper for the pages. Lilly then used the computer to find information and pictures that she would use for her book simply titled 'Roses'.

We helped Lilly glue the information on the pages along with the pictures she'd chosen with good old rubber cement. After everything had dried we used a binder to bind her project together. Simple supplies, nothin' special. Just a little copy paper, printer ink and some rubber cement. We left the project in Lilly Pies cubby in the classroom and locked the door behind us.


I've experienced several supernatural unexplainable remarkable acts of God in my lifetime but this one was for Lilly Pie. The next mornin' as we were thumbin' though Miss Pie's project the scent of roses arose from the pages. We passed the book around to our coworkers and the more the book was handled the stronger the scent became. I went back and sniffed the copy paper which smelled like plain old paper. I checked the rubber cement and it reeked of...well...rubber cement. Heck, I even checked the printer ink. The only explanation I could come up with it that God wanted to make Lilly's project as special as her.

Isn't that just like our Heavenly Father? He takes our brokenness and turns it into something whole and special. He raises us up from that bottomless pit just when we think there is no hope into life abundantly. He guides us to the light when lost in darkness. He takes a young girl's simple project and makes it stand out from the others. That rose scent lasted through the Science Fair and was still strong when we sent it home.

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In 1993, Olive Marie Osmond sang the popular song written by Fred Spielman and Janice Torre that was originally Anita Bryant's hit in 1960. Marie's version topped the country charts then crossed over to pop and easy listenin'. I know that Miss Lilly Pie or I will never ever forget the science project that was simply made of 'Paper Roses!!!

'Just thinkin' 'bout it makes me happier than a monkey with a peanut machine!



(These pictures are from my rose garden last summer)

168 comments:

  1. Nezzy what a sweet post. Roses..what a beautiful flower and the joy it can bring.
    Thank you for sharing this post.
    Eileen from ~Taking the Time~

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  2. a great post your roses look so lovely.
    Cathy

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  3. I do believe in miracles and I'm sure that was one there for sure. Roses are my favorite flowers next to sun flowers. What a blessing that sweet girl had a grandfather to go to. She's blessed also to have a good friend like you too.

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  4. There are magical, miraculous things that happen in life that cannot be explained with logic or by science. Lillie Pie's paper roses scent wafting through the air is one of those precious gifts that she well-deserved, poor thing. People may make no sense at all sometimes, but miracles always do. Bless you, Nezzy! :):)

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  5. What a wonderful story.
    Terrible to think that there are parents out there who would turn against their own children. I hope that little girl never went back to her mother.

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  6. that is a great story, God bless that little girl and y'all for helpin' out.

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  7. Great story, Nezzy! I love that God scented her rose book just for her. I would like to know what he does with that little girl later in life. I'm sure he has something special in mind.

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  8. Oh Nezzy, what a touching and an amazing story this was.

    It breaks my heart that a mother would be so selfish as to not protect her own daughter from this kind abuse.

    I hope that this young girl has found some healing as she was growing up. It must have felt terrible for her to be rejected by her own mother. I just hope that she wasn't abused by her grandfather too.

    Hugs, JB

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  9. Awww.... you gave me goosebumps and made me cry. Isn't it amazing what children can endure?
    Love your roses. I hope they only suffer a minor setback from the cold.

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  10. what a heartwarming memory. thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. God can make magic happen, even from a piece of paper:) What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing it with me! We had frost alarm last night too! Scared the bejeebers out of me! Have a blessed evening dear friend, HUGS!

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  12. What a lovely story, Nezzy. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    =)

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  13. Lovely, lovely memory.

    Pardon me for giggling at your typo in the first line... at least I'm pretty sure it's a typo? I think you meant shakin'... not shankin'.

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  14. Nezzy, Thank you for sharing this very touching story. I've also worked with very special kids. To see one of them hurt just breaks your heart.

    God is amazing in the ways He shows His love.

    Blessings!

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  15. My mom's name was Rose. Nice post. sandie

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  16. As always you are like the roses, as sweet and as pretty as can be. What a lovely story and I am so glad you shared it.
    My dashboard has been gone and I just found it.
    Yay, now I can visit again. :)

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  17. What a precious miracle came to that little girl's life. She was fortunate to have you to help her with the project that brought the miracle to life.

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  18. Love the story about Lilly. Love the part about the scent of roses. I hope her life was better with the grandfather.
    Love your rose pictures.

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  19. My darling Nezzy,

    It is shattering to see a delicate flower like Miss Lilly Pie be abused and then kicked out of her home by her own mother. But with the same compassion that you show to your garden of tattered roses bitten by the frost, who knows how many tender buds you have saved in the classroom. I too.....and even though I resigned from teaching and next year will work as a substitute, I know that there are a few tender shoots I had the honor to help stand up straight. Bless you my dear friend, you are a blessing. Anita

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  20. Get out there and cover those roses with a blankie! That's what we Maritimers do!

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  21. Oh, what a beautiful story! I am a teacher myself, and I have such a tender place in my heart for kids like her. God bless you for being so good to her, and what a miracle!

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  22. Well, I am loving this post more that any I've read. Roses, Lilly Pie, Marie Osmond, and you...the works. Please tell us Lilly Pie is well. Bless you my friend I didn't know I had a year ago.

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  23. I really, really hope that Lillie Pie's life improved. And I will not tell you what I hope happens to her mother and her mother's boyfriend.

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  24. What a fantastic story. God knew she needed sweetness in her life.
    Bless you for helping her.

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  25. Sounds like a miracle.
    It also sounds like angels were placed in that little girls life to protect her, and that you were one of those angels.

    Sad that she had to experience such evil at such a young age.
    I hope that she was able to live a happier and safer life with her grandpa.
    Please tell me that justice was served to her mother and that evil man.

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  26. A lovely post, Nezzy. Hope there will be some buds that survive.
    *hugs* ♥

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  27. Nezzy, you are the best story teller! I love your humour and the sweet stories you tell. This one is very special. I wonder where dear Miss Lilly Pie is today? Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Pamela

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  28. Really a touching story about this young lady. I work in a school system and have experienced far too many children in Lilly's situation. It is incredibly sad, but also wonderful that she had someone like you in her life.

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  29. Beautiful story. God loves the children best. Lilly's momma better take note of that.

    T

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  30. Hi Nezzy
    Thank you so much for the Easter wishes. Yes we had a lovely Easter weekend. No roses here of any kind as of yet. It's still very cold here in Canada.
    I see you featured our Debutante. I can see why you two get along so well.
    You are a great story teller.
    Love Claudie
    xoxo

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  31. What a great story--especially about the science project. Glad Lily had you to help her.
    The roses are beautiful.

    Melinda

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  32. Such a lovely memory, Nezzie. It sounds like Miss Lily Pie was one special child.. and she had some special people in her life. I'll bet she remembers you and this sweet-smelling wonder quite well.

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  33. Beautiful roses! Beautiful story - beautiful soul in that girl and in you. I'm so thankful God did that for her. Praying for her now - where ever she may be - that she knows her worth in Jesus!
    Hope your roses pick back up after the frost!

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  34. Miss Lilly Pie will never forget you. Wish her nothing but good in her life from now on. What a story!

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  35. What a beautiful, and heart-breaking!, story! Thank you for your kindnesses to this sweet girl!!!

    We serve an Awesome God!!!!

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  36. What a great story...and lovely memory....thanks for share.....beautiful rosses!!!....happy weekend....love Ria....xxx...

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  37. The two m-words: magic, miracle - perfectly fit Lilly Pie's rose project.
    Lilly herself, a rose that was denied care and love when in her mother's 'garden',was ultimately given Hope and Help by God Almighty and by people like you, Nezzy.

    A very moving story, wonderfully written!

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  38. " my spirit plummeted lower than a snake full of buckshot. "

    Where DO you come up with these delicious turns of phrase??

    Ahhh, Nezzy, such a heart-wrenching tale, with a beautifully sweet surprise end to it. Y'know, having a had one of my own dear babes schooled through a special ed unit, I've sadly seen with my own eyes how many of his fellow students may never have needed to have placed there, had they only been given the love that was their right from birth.

    I thank God for the special, caring folk, such as you, they (and my own dear child) were blessed to encounter, in the accepting, safe environment you built for them.

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  39. I'll be humming "Paper Roses" all day:) Loved the story and could almost smell the roses as I lived the images in my mind.

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  40. What a great story! I too sometimes catch a whiff of roses when there are none around. I do hope your roses made it through the light freeze. They should be okay. Hugs to you, Nezzy!

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  41. Holy Moly, that story gave me goosebumps. Thank goodness that poor child had you in her life to help her and that God saw her need.

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  42. I do love your similes! They make me smile :-)
    Hope your weather got warmer & no damage was done!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  43. I loved that story. Thanks for sharing it.

    I hope your lovely roses will be okay.

    (Teachers teaching schoolchildren about similes should make your blog a mandatory read. You come up with the best similes!)

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  44. what a touching story, so beautiful, thanks for sharing it. all the rose photos today are really special also, stunning is what they are, but not as stunning as the paper rose project

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  45. Made me smile...made me laugh....made me cry....

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  46. What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing those great flower photos and link to that song!

    Adios from the Wagon!

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  47. I guess that's why they say, "Wake up and smell the roses!" I hope Lilly Pie still stands strong with her convictions and holds on to her dreams. Now, I must go check my roses - it got to 32 here in Denver overnight, too. Have a good weekend, Nezzy.

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  48. Unimaginable pain that some parents subject their children to. I can't imagine that mother choosing him over her precious daughter. I'm so thankful that God made Lilly Pie's project special and that it stood out from all the others. Bless you Nezzy and have a wonderful weekend. Mildred

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  49. What a lovely story !!! I can't imagine her mother chose the "boyfriend" over her own daughter. Tragic.
    I can certainly see how this little girl and her project has stuck with you...I'd never forget the "miracle" of it either.

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  50. This story just gave me goosebumps!! Such a neat thing to have happen after such an awful one. Guess it shows that God watches over even the birds and their feathers. (Thank goodness!!)
    P.S. Sounds like you were a remarkable teacher too

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  51. What a beautiful posting. Just like the Lord to make that poor little one to feel like the precious girl she was. Poor little tyke just breaks my heart.I am glad her project was blessed. I hope your flowers come out of the freeze and grow some new leaves. God Bless and Hugs.

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  52. Oh the tears are just running down my face... sweet little Lilly Pie, I just want to hug and kiss her!... it truly was what I call a "God wink"... I read that in Naomi Judd's book and loved it, so I use it now myself to describe experiences like this... you are an incredible, caring lady and I know Lilly Pie will never forget you and her paper roses... xoxo Julie Marie

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  53. PS I also want to smack the you know what out of her mother!!!

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  54. Dear Netty,

    Thank you a million times for your sweet comment and your prayers for our dear Claudia. she is still with us... we know not the day or the hour... but it will be soon as her family is all gathered around her now. I will miss her so much.
    Your story about Lilly Pie has touched my heart so deeply. How adorable - what a miracle! God is so incredible indeed.

    Blessings to you darlin'! Sherry

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  55. Please forgive me for typing Netty instead of Nezzy! Duh...

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  56. What pretty roses. My favorite! You have a lovely blog too. Looks like a fun place to hang out. I enjoyed stopping by.
    Debbie

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  57. We went through the same agony the past 3 nights ---with a frost and freeze warning for our area. We have Irises blooming along with Roses --and Rose buds.... We also have Lilies and Daylilies growing.... We were VERY worried---but thanks be to God, we wre spared... NO frost or freeze and NO damage... Hallelujah!!!! (Hope the same thing happened to you.)

    Love your story about the sweet little girl... God does take our brokenness and turn it into something glorious... Thanks be to God!!!!

    Great Rose pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  58. What a wonderful story and example of how God's love touches us and how we are blessed to witness it with simple acts that He sends. That had to be the best part of teaching...having someone as special as Lilly Pie in your class. Great post and I love the music too..doesn't Marie look so very young?

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  59. This story really touched my heart. Thanks for sharing it. :)
    Your rose photos are sooo pretty! Hope you have a fabulous weekend Nezzy!

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  60. I loved this story. I had a second cousin who taught exceptional (term used in Texas a long time ago for children with learning or behavioral issues in Texas). She was a saint and dearly beloved by her students.

    We have friends witha severely mentally retareded and physically deformed 40 year daughter they have cared for all her life. She has never spoken an understandable word. We take them out to lunch or dinner and always include her. She pounds on the table, etc. which I think is her only way of expression for what ever she wants. We don't care who stares at us. They get very few invites. The girl somehow relates to my husband more than me, in interesting ways but, of course, we can't figure out why.

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  61. I thought this was gonna make me laugh at first but then, oops, I had to find the tissues. I pray and hope Lilly Pie is safe and happy somewhere.
    It got COLD here but did not frost on this 925 ft above sea level hill. Peace and have a wonderful weekend.

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  62. That is a very touching story. I love that her project smelled so lovely. I hope your roses make it through the weather. I love the lyrics of The Rose (I've only heard it sung by Bet Midler) that song make me cry. Weird because I just blogged about another song that makes me cry/smile
    xoxo
    SC

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  63. I'm always amazed to hear what women will give up for the love of a really undeserving man, but this story has a really inspiring end to it. Very touching!
    I love roses. My great aunt always grew them all over her garden and when we'd visit she'd take us out and cut some to send back to our grandmother. I always think of that when my husband's rosebushes start blooming in the spring!

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  64. Oh Nezzy I love roses, and your roses are so beautiful, I do love that song too, thanks sweetie for having a good uplifting post, I needed this.

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  65. What a heartbreaking story about this little girl. Makes me wonder where she is now and how she turned out in life.
    Your such a sweetheart to have touched her life in the ways that you did.
    Sorry about the cold weather but I bet your gardens will be just lovely like you
    Love
    Maggie

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  66. Your postings always manage to stir the heart but never more so than with a posting such as this one ~ thank you for the tears... worth every drop!
    ♥Sharon

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  67. Nezzy...that is a most wonderful story! That poor baby girl! God does work in mysterious ways his wonders to behold and I like to think he is watching over her. I think it was a sign from God. Nothing smells sweeter than a rose. It takes very special people to work with children. You are right where God meant you to be!
    One of his Special Angels...just like I said.
    :)
    Mona

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  68. Beautiful story...thanks for sharing it!

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  69. What a wonderful story, but so sad her Mother made the decision that she did.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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  70. Oh Nessy,
    This was the most beautiful and heartwarming story! Sometimes God just has to make us sit up and take notice that He is real and still on the throne. Thanks so much for sharing, I feel blessed for it.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  71. Wow, that's such a cool story and miraculous too. I hope Lily Pie found a kind foster or adoptive family to care for her. I love how you write - some of your similes crack me up! Nice to meet you on my blog too. Thank you!

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  72. Oh and lovely last years roses. I hope the new ones survived the cold after all

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  73. Nezzy, what a sweet story. Love your rose pictures. Poor Lilly Pie and her unkind mother. Hard to believe a parent can do that!
    What a blessing to have you in her life and truly a miracle was given to her by God on her project. Hope she is doing well today.

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  74. Your roses are gorgeous! Hope the frost stays away so that you can truly see the beauty of spring.

    Bless Lilly Pie's grandfather that took her in when her mom discarded her. That's a shame! I can almost smell the paper rose project here!

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  75. Hope you weathered the frost! Oh I loved your story about Miss Lily Pie..how ever could a Mama do that to a child..I will never know. I hope she thrived at her Grandfathers home and had a good life. I always like to think the best of people..but that Mama and her boy friend should be in jail:(

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  76. OMG Nezzy, that story sent chills up my spine!
    Such an amazing little girl, such an amazing story too.
    It breaks my heart when I hear Mom's choosing their no good boyfriends over their kids.
    It sounds like God is looking out for her.
    I hope your weekend has been good and that your roses survived the cold snap.
    We're warm today and muggy and it sounds like storms are headed our way too.
    Hugs friend,
    Cindy

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  77. You do have to love the spirit of a person who uses a science project as an opportunity to indulge in beauty, don't you?

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  78. What a touching story at the end of a long day...Thank-you for sharing it.

    I hope the frost missed you--Summer showed up here today, so I'll send some warmth in your direction! :-)

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  79. Oh Sweetie, the tears are streaming. What a beautiful post about a beautiful child of God. God bless you.

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  80. Oh my friend...I do love to visit you. You have such a joy for life that is contagious! Does God ever work wonders .....I have no doubt in my mind that your sweetpeas project smelled like roses.

    And what beautiful roses..your photos are amazing.

    Sending you ooodles of love and thank you so much for your sweet comments you leave me.
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  81. What a heartwarming story. That little girl definitely needed a miracle, and she got it. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I do appreciate it, and am happy to return the favor. Matter of fact, I'm thinking I'm gonna want to come back an visit you again, so count me in as your newest groupie. Nice to meetcha!

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  82. My heart aches for children like Lilly. And I agree, I do believe the scent of Roses from her book was sent from God. He watches over all of us and gives us surprises along the way.
    Your roses are beautiful Nezzy!
    Love Di ♥

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  83. Wonderful story! It is sad that so many children become flotsam in life. But it is good to know that God has a special place in His heart for them.

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  84. That is a beautiful story, Nezzy! God loves his children and I hope Lilly knows she is loved in spite of her mother's rejection. Wonder how she is doing today?

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  85. My heart aches for that little girl. It's just so unbelievable that a mother would react that way. I'm so happy she had a little miracle in her life like that. Maybe it will make up for some of what she's been through...

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  86. Nezzy.

    You are a blessing.

    Lovely inside and out and every which way...

    I'm so glad we are friends!

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  87. Awww, this is such a sweet, sweet story! So glad you shared it! I do believe that the Lord still does miracles these days!

    And if your roses froze, just think --- you'll get to watch them come out twice this spring! You'll have two springs for your roses!

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  88. What a lovely heavenly post!REally enjoyed reading you. Remember Eddy Arnold and his Paper Roses?...long time ago.
    Rita

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  89. **** my spirit plummeted lower than a snake full of buckshot. ****

    Nezzy, you are superbly unique. <3 Xx

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  90. This was such a great story and you are some lady. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog.

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  91. ......I was in church one afternoon...feeling expecially down on myself...I was still dealing with the same weakness year after year that seemed to inhibit my growth.....I sat there for about fifteen minutes, when suddenly I was aware of the faint smell of roses. Looking around I noticed I was alone, the windows of the church were all closed, and there were no flowers in the church, yet the smell was growing stronger! Looking over to my left, I noticed the statue of St. Therese, the Little Flower, who lived her short life believing that even the most simple of acts could be offered up to God as a loving act. In her arms, as part of her formed statue, she is holding a large bouquet of ROSES! I walked closer to the statue, and with each step the smell of roses was ever stronger. Now we Catholics do love our saints...not to worship or adore...that belongs to God alone. But in knowing that these simple people, warts and all, stand as example of how God showers His abundant love onto all of us.....I will never forget this moment.....thank you for allowing me to share it.......I pray for blessings on Lilly....she sounds like a little St. Threse in the making! Nanny

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  92. What a lovely story. As a teacher my heart aches for the home life that child had to endure. Weren't you lucky to have each other to work on her science project. I'm sure you're her favorite and always will be!

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  93. What a sweet story. I hope Lilly Pie continues to be blessed. It breaks my heart to hear of children who are abused, when all they want is to be loved.

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  94. What a beautifully told piece,Nezzie. I absolutely believe in miracles. God bless, my friend.

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  95. Beautiful story! Miracles and and fairies keep our life going in hopes!

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  96. Nezzie, thank you so much for commenting on my Blue Monday post. I read your beautiful story and It took a VERY COMPASIONATE person to give that much attention to sweet Lilly Pie. I have a special sister and I know how you felt seeing the others being critical of her and her accomplishments. You have captured the very essence of Lilly Pie.
    thanks
    Ann

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  97. what a great story, you are one funny girl!!

    thanks for stopping by my blog, you always leave the nicest comments!!

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  98. Nezzy, you are something! I tell you, I love kids, but I didn't care for my own when they were middle school age!

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  99. Amazing you & your story, Nezzy. A true gem on this earth, how blessed we all are.

    Now for an important question ... what ARE the names of your roses ... I don't have any of them. They are exquisite.

    How is our Angel Dawn doing? Please give her a hug for me.

    Have a beautiful WARM eve ... we hit nearly 90 today.
    Hugs,
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  100. Your story brought goose bumps all over me. Lilly is a strong and special little girl. Special people like you are the only hope they have of a normal life. Thank you for what you do.
    I love your blog, it's really special!

    ~Emily
    the French Hutch

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  101. I just have to say: I LOVE your Ozark spin! Oh ... and the beautiful flowers too :)

    As for the young girl that had to vacate in order for the dude to remain ... well, most likely she got the better deal, heartbreak and all. I pray she found a place that feels stable, and in which she feels treasured. I will remember her in my prayers.

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  102. Well, Hello, Nezzy!

    I just had the best time perusing many of your posts and getting to know you a bit. Your posts sure are fun and enjoyable reading. This post is such a sweet story!

    Nice meeting you!
    Kindly, Lorraine

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  103. What a great story! Sometimes the littlest flowers need the most sunshine and water. It sounds like she's got an angel looking out for her.

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  104. You gave me goosebumps, Nezzy. What a happy ending to a sad story. And I love the way you told it too. Beautiful.
    As always.
    xoxo jj

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  105. Hi I so enjoy your fab story and blog. I remember paper roses and being jealous of her pretty clothes lol
    I do hope you were blessed with good weather and your beautiful roses were saved.
    Thanks for your comments on my blog jollyjillys
    I will be back often

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  106. Hi Nezzy!

    I love your pretty roses! Roses are my favorite flower as I was born in the month of June and therefore they are my birthday flower.

    But even more special than your roses is your wonderful rose story. That gave me chills! God works in mysterious ways...

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  107. Those are beautiful flowers!
    That must be a lot of work to have such a beautiful prolific bunch of flowers!
    Amazing woman you are !!!!

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  108. Oh poor Lilly Pie someone was sure taking care of her and trying to make her miserable life just a bit happier. We all know who that was, miracles happen everyday and I love that you shared this story. Love the photos.I am so sad for poor Lilly Pie still though. B

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  109. Thanks for sharing this story! Oh my, the roses are absolutely gorgeous...loved every picture! I do remember that old song...Paper Roses.
    You must tell...I have to know where you get all your wonderful sayings??? Need to use some of these for a talk I will be giving..
    many hugs

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  110. This is an excellent post! It is beyond me how any mother could chose a boyfriend over her own child, pretty sad! I hope Lily Pie is doing well today. I can relate to your Spec. Ed class as I retired from a social service agency where several hundred people with disabilities, from birth to 90's were schooled and aided every day. They need people just like you! Kudos and hugs to you, Nezzie!

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  111. Hi Nezzy! First of all, I love that song sung by Marie! She was such a cutie and still is! :)
    Those are some beautiful roses too.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  112. So purty! And we must be on the same wave-length hun cause I'm writing about roses right now for my post tomorrow! Mine are coming up so many and so full... but I am going to kill the person that stole my yellow ones!

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  113. How beautiful, your roses.

    And poor Lily. I suspect that it's not an isolated incident, you know? Too many people get their "worth" from their partner, no matter how destructive that partner is. Lily's mother must live with that. I wish only the best for li'l Lily Pie.

    Pearl

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  114. What a lovely story! I'm glad that little girl had you in her life.

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  115. I haven't heard Paper Roses in years. She was so adorable! Thanks for posting the link-that was fun. A little step back in time for me. Thanks for visiting today : )

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  116. hi nezzy, that is a great post!!
    thanks for sharing this fabulous story.
    your roses are gorgeous, so is your blog!

    nice to meet you, sweet lady, and hope you're having a great day.

    xo

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  117. Dear Nezzy - Thank you so much for visiting my blog and thank you for sharing this great story. God did Bless Lilly Pie and I would adopt her in a minute. She is on earth for something very special and you presented this all in a beautiful way. I do believe we are watched over either by God himself or one of our many appointed Guardian Angels.
    Thank you again and I shall be back
    Take care
    Lilly (SaucyKod)

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  118. Nezzy what a precious story. God is so good! How long ago was this? I'd love to know how things turned out for Lillie Pie.

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  119. what a beautiful story Nezzy. And I love Marie Osmond.

    Thanks for your lovely comment today, much appreciated!

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  120. Holy Cow, Nezzy, you have a huge following. I feel so honored you stopped by my humble blog today, Peace Garden Writer. Thank you kindly, and thanks for the smiles I received after coming over here and reading your blog. You have a huge heart, and by the way, I still get lost, even with maps! We would have a hard time traveling together, but we would have fun! :)

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  121. You have such a lovely way with words that I always enjoy my visits here. Such a beautiful song, it goes perfectly with your post. x

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  122. This is such a beautiful story. I really like your blog. <3

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  123. Your roses are beautiful. I do hope the freeze doesn't ruin them. Creative Bliss...

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  124. There are so many varieties of roses. Yours are all lovely. My Dad loved this song...I sure do miss him! Hugs!

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  125. I love your story, Nezzy! And your roses are beautiful.

    Ah, I remember that song well!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, sweet lady!

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  126. Great photos! Reminds me of the flower garden my Grandma used to have. Not only pretty outside but she always had fresh flowers inside. Hope yours do okay this season!

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  127. Nezzy, You so touched my heart with the story of Lilly Pie! The dear Lord always has special miracles for us, it is up to us to recognize them. You dear are so special! Loved your roses... hope the frost did not damage much, we are kindred spirits with our gardens. Hugs.

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  128. What a beautiful story told only as you can. :) Trying my best to make it back here but thank you for your kind comment.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  129. Heartwarming story. I do know what you mean about middle-schoolers.

    Happy Weekend.

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  130. Oh sweet Nezzy! You got me choked up on this one! Sometimes unexplainable things do happen and you just have to smile.

    Your roses are gorgeous!! If I may be so bold, try shooting in the late afternoon light or early morning when the light turns a golden rosy outside. It will transform your rose shots from beautiful to spectacular. :)

    Cheers!
    Julie
    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

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  131. I loved this story. And I loved the volunteer opportunity to teach the last 12 years of my career in a new Middle School. I had previously enjoyed teaching seniors but those Middle School years were the best. And, of course, all the kids weren't "empathetically challenged." :)

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  132. This is such a sweet story...thanks so much for telling it in your special way. :))
    xo bj

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  133. Hi Thank you for visiting my blog. I see you have so many readers of your blog with so many comments..I doubt if you will even see my thank you. ut thank you I do. I am away on holiday tomorrow for 10 days but will pop back in when I get back...going on a cruise to the Medeteranian with my friend.
    God Bless Sybil xx
    http://sybil-dayintheifeofsybs.blogspot.co.uk

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  134. What a unique story. I used to work for CPS and I certainly saw a lot of tragically dysfunctional homes. So sad.

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  135. What a wonderful post, full of love and hope and wonder. My heart goes out to Lily Pie wherever she is now. I hope she continued in her love of roses and that she healed the child within to become a woman who is able to reach out to other abused children. Anyone with half a pea brain has to believe that the scent of roses was real. You did a great job telling this story, and you did a great job taking the photos of your roses. How fortunate you are to be looking forward to roses like these this year and many more to come.

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  136. Oh, I loved your Lilly Pie story. God's Tender Mercies with the roses scent. : )
    I watchet the video. I'd forgotten just how beautiful Marie was when she was young (before all the surgery). : )
    My Post today is all about EVERYTHING Vintage. I think you'll get a kick out of it. : )
    ML

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  137. Oh Nezzy, what a lovely poignant story and I hope Lilly Pie is happy today. She truly was a special little girl and God truly laid His hand on her and brought her joy in other ways; the people He put in her life and yes, paper roses! That was wonderful!

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  138. What a sweet post. God does work in miraculous ways. Thanks for sharing this wonderful memory.

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  139. I haven't heard "Paper Roses" by Marie in YEARS!!! BEAUTIFUL roses!

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  140. What a beautiful story of people caring and making a difference in a child's life. The hands of God on earth make it possible for Him to show his presence.

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  141. What a sad but beautiful story. Amazing the things He can do!

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  142. Hi there, Nezzy! Thanks for stoppin' by my blog.
    You have a wonderful blog! Oh man, I know I'm going to be a regular around here so put a pot of coffee on, I've got cookies!
    :> )
    ~Karin

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  143. You just took me on an emotional roller coaster, starting immediately with a good laugh. Then my heart hurt for that little girl. Hearing that her spirit and creativity was not destroyed, lifted me again. God is good.

    Your rose pictures are gorgeous. Did the current ones survive the freeze? Maybe you mentioned it and I missed it because I was thinking of Little Miss Pie.

    EnJoy your day!

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  144. I feel for your roses and the frost...I hope they bounce back! Nice story of Lilly and paper roses

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  145. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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  146. Paper Woses! lol! I remember so well - had to pop in and see you - my nickname was Nessie - my former pupils will tell you that!

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  147. You've given me some inspiration as I've never tried to grow Roses. I loved your story about young Lilly as much as I love the song sung by Marie!...:)JP

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  148. Your roses are stunning! I'm sure they'll pop up again, you'll see? I loved the story about the paper roses with Lilly..so cute! Had a good, hardy laugh my friend. Thank you for your sweet visit, I love it when you do pretty lady.
    Enjoy your week.
    FABBY

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  149. What a sweet (smelling) memory of the project and the roses. I hope that girl got the help and loving care she needed to recover from such a horrible childhood. Prayers.

    Play off the Page

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  150. So sad what some parents can do to their kids, but the story of the roses and Lilly - well, that is just beautiful!

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  151. That is really a beautiful story ♥ Thanks for the uplift today.

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  152. What a beautiful story about little Lily and I do believe you when you said you smelled the roses. These miracles happen I am sure of that.Beautiful roses you show here and I hope they survived the frost.
    Have a nice day and thank you for your visit.

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  153. I love this story!!!
    I totally agree with your assessment of it, too.
    I'm trying to enjoy a little time in blog land today, and boy howdy am I glad to have come here!

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  154. what a beautiful read.....loved this....☺☺

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  155. I come from a long line of people that root, support and fight for the underdogs of this world. Her Mother should have been horsewhipped and I won't tell you what I'd do to that man. Let's just say my favorite movie of all time is Green Fried Tomatoes...that gives you a little hint.
    Your roses are beautiful and I have NO DOUBT that Lillie Pie's book smelled like the real deal! I've had some miracles in my own life and we just need to recognize them when they come along. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger and I'm thinking that where ever Lillie Pie is today she is strong and capable and in a state of grace.

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  156. Your roses...incredible! The story is beautiful, too. I'm sure you were one of her favorite roses :)

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  157. This is a beautiful story! God works in such amazing ways! I love roses and my late aunt and uncle had the most beautiful rose garden ever! I want to plant roses in momory of may unborn daughter Rachel and my kitty Boots nd Rebekah;s dog Tink, so I need to get tips. We can not really plant until May due to our weather but it has been a heat wave here lately! I love the story about the scent on the paper! So wonderful for the Lord to share such a prize with your little friend. God Bess You!

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  158. You have a very beautiful garden here and I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to link in with some photos...either current or past (during the dormant seasons) to Flaunt Your Flowers on Friday with me. Many absolutely gorgeous gardens participate in this party, and yours would be a welcome visit for them all to make!
    I have enjoyed my visit here today...happy gardening!
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    www.tootsietime.com

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  159. Gorgeous, gorgeous roses! The colors are all amazing and fanciful..

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  160. What a beautiful story! It warms my heart. And I just love the way you write! I can imagine this is just how you sound in person!

    And there really isn't anything better than homemade biscuits and chocolate gravy. :o)

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