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Bless You For The Gifts Monica Moran Brandies

Bless You For The Gifts

Monica Moran Brandies

Published October 1st 1997
ISBN : 9780961633875
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In Bless You For The Gifts, Monica Moran Brandies writes engagingly of her upbringing on a farm in Xenia, Ohio in the nineteen forties and fifties, and her adventures since those days, recounting tales of her family, friends and teachers.The book isMoreIn Bless You For The Gifts, Monica Moran Brandies writes engagingly of her upbringing on a farm in Xenia, Ohio in the nineteen forties and fifties, and her adventures since those days, recounting tales of her family, friends and teachers.The book is a series interconnected true stories about people who brought gifts to her life. Tales are presented mostly in chronological order, but, as she says, “certainly not in order of importance, for some people who gave me most are hardly mentioned. In fact, with loved ones, the sheer number of gifts often makes it impossible to single out certain ones.”“My parents certainly gave me the most, especially my mother who was so much a part of my life that I can hardly separate myself from her. She bore patiently with my orneriness, helped me sell my chickens and the milk from my cows, let me work in the fields instead of helping her, prayed for me to have children when I thought I never would, and was always there to help and encourage me.”“Many of the gift bearers in these stories are people who have come into and passed out of my life. Some never knew me by name and vice versa. It is not even possible to realize, accept, or appreciate all the gift bearers who shower our lives with blessings.”Says Monica, “Some gifts lie dormant for decades before they become important, as in Seeing Grandma Naked. Others like Hence and the Haymow take on new meanings over the years. Cow Tails will make you laugh. We are entertained by some of the stories now but they were true crises at the time. Others are more serious. Hit by a Train tells of the time we almost lost our firstborn son and the miracles that followed.”Monica attended a small Catholic school before studying at the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture (now part of Temple University). She returned to Xenia and married David Brandies. Over the next two decades, their nine children were born, and Monica helped feed the family by growing vegetables practically by the ton, raising livestock including her notorious milk cow, Molly Bloom, and working in a greenhouse. After moving to rural Iowa, she began writing a garden column for the Des Moines Register.Today Monica is well known as the author of many popular garden books. In this memoir she looks back with humor and wisdom at a time when nuns firmly ruled her school life, and at the family, farm life, cows, friends, and church activities that formed her world. The book continues to take us through her early and middle adulthood. Originally written in 1997, this Kindle edition includes an Epilogue telling about how daughter Teresa now copes with Down Syndrome as a young adult, and about her fathers remarriage late in life and his death at age 101.These stories provide an important view of America’s rural past and a hint of a way to our sustainable future.“These are extraordinary tales that demonstrate the faith, humor and wisdom of ordinary people.” -- Midwest Book Review