My pretty pink roses. In May they leafed out beautifully, but soon succumbed to mildew because of all the rain, and dropped all of their leaves. In June they leafed out again, and promised many blossoms though it was very dry , but in July they were viciously attacked by Japanese beetles, despite frequent dusting. In August there was just nothing left but pathetic stems, but in September, they once again began to leaf, only to be dried up again by the lack of rain and scorching heat. Now, finally, we are at the end of October and the plants are amazingly lush and green. Hiding under all that foliage I found a few brave blossoms and brought them in to grace my windowsill as we pull out the sweaters and turn on the heat! They are tiny, but full of hope! I think they are a beautiful reminder of God's mercies - continually renewed in our lives.