Butterfly Effect

Each smallest act of kindness, reverberates across great distances and spans of time —affecting lives unknown to the one who’s generous spirit was the source of this good echo.” ~ Dean Koontz

Since my last post, we celebrated Easter…


There seems to be a theme developing in these photos… And the limited few weeks of perfect spring weather have come and gone. Once again we scramble and get as much done as possible before the strawberry and green heads (flies) return to feast on our flesh as we melt under a hot summer sun.

Retreating indoors is worse. The dark news on the TV casts a gray shadow of gloom and doom which reaches out and grabs hold of everything — terrorists and politicians that are doing their best to destroy our country, an abortion doctor who’s trial isn’t news because its not politically correct enough, tornadoes, flash flooding and wild fires leaving a wake of destruction and loss of life.

It’s easy to get lost in the darkness. I am witness to God’s palette and know that HE wants us to live in color. It’s an insult to Him to live in the shadows when He has created so many colors.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

June is a special month at The Fairfield House and we’d like you to be part of it! A Christening, Graduation and birthdays fill our calendar. My mother will be celebrating her 80th! Few of you know that my mother lives with us. Fewer still know that she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She was the old woman I wrote about in this poem. The move to the Fairfield House and her illness has left her with little company beyond us, depression and loneliness.


My mother has always loved butterflies. (This is where you can be a part of her special day.) I’m requesting that you make a paper butterfly (it can be as plain or fancy as you like — the beauty is that they will all be different, as each of us are) and mail it to me. I need it by June 25th so that gives you two weeks. I am hoping to receive at least 80 butterflies but the more, the better. Imagine my mother’s surprise when she wakes up on her birthday to find this beautiful butterfly migration! Imagine how you will feel knowing you’ve added color to a fading spirit. Feel free to write a birthday message on your creation. Send to: The Fairfield House, PO Box 69, Fairton, NJ, 08320, USA


Stop by the Fairfield House Facebook page to participate in MY birthday giveaway.


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17 Responses to Butterfly Effect

  1. Lisa Palmese June 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    What a Beautiful way to View Life and Love. I do sit in the darkness at times but It is the Color that brings me out. And the Colors are in so many People. I believe with just few exceptions people are good and Jesus tells me to Forgive and Love and I try. And it wasn’t until I really starting reading your words or your color that I truly understand Forgiveness, Love Friendship a Nurturing Soul. And Your Mother Oh Deborah I see a rainbow of colors in her. To see,to touch to talk too, even though I know how hard it must be.I wish Everyone We can touch will send Your Sweet Mother a Color of Butterflies…
    Forever Deborah on the Porch

  2. Parsley June 12, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    You are so dear and I know she will love all the well wishes and butterfly blessings sent across the miles. I do hope we will see pictures!

    • Deborah June 12, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      Parsley, I will share my mother’s reaction and the beautiful butterfly migration with all our readers!

  3. Jami @ freckled laundry June 12, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    You made me smile and tear. This post has such a lovely message. You are such a beautiful person and knowing that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, I hope your mother receives every bit (and then some) of those 80 butterflies. What an awesome thing to do for her. I know the loneliness and depression of Alzheimer’s all too well and what a smile it brings to think of her reaction to the butterflies. Will be sending three shortly…a perfect project for the kids with an even bigger lesson. Love, Jami

  4. Layla June 12, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    Off to share on my Facebook page right NOW! 😀

    • Deborah June 12, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you SO much, my friend.

    • Sandra June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      Thanks to Layla I found this wonderful post. I sent off my butterfly priority mail today! Happy Birthday to your Mom, what a fabulous gift you are giving her. This makes me believe in the good in the world :)

  5. Laura Ingalls Gunn June 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Oh dear. I am working today, packing tomorrow and getting on a plane early Friday. Perhaps you can resurrect the butterflies I sent last year. ???

    We are planning on going to the anthro company store TERRAIN in Philly next Wednesday. They have a lunch spot. Perhaps an outing might do you both good???? Hint Hint.

  6. lisa moran/Bilancia Designs June 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    I’m at a loss for words here, Deborah.
    I knew we had similarities in our lives, but now I know there is definitely a connection between us that cannot be denied.
    My mother had Alzheimer’s, also. This cruel disease took her beautiful life six years ago…and I will never forget those years before her final days.
    You, my friend, are an amazing daughter to do something this wonderful for your mother.
    It will be an honor for me to create something very special for her.
    Count me in!!!!
    Much love to you-
    Lisa xoxo

  7. Sue in Atlanta June 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    shared on my Facebook page as well…..hope she gets lots of butterflies….I am no artist but will do my best…..

  8. Laura @ the shorehouse June 12, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Such a beautiful idea. I think the blog world is about to set your mom’s heart a flutter. :-)

  9. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads June 13, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Deborah, this is such a loving and touching gift that you are going to give your mother! I hope her spirit soars when she sees her butterflies! My mother lives with us, too, and she is 90. Luckily, her mind is clear but her eyesight has deteriorated terribly. I will share your project on my FB page.

  10. deb June 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    Love it! They are fluttering on there way as fast as they can!!

  11. Sue in Atlanta June 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    deborah…..I am having 2 butterfly garlands sent to your mom from World Market but I had your home address of the Fairfield House….never saw the p.o. box….I hope that is okay and that you get them. please let me know if I need to contact them to change it to the p.o. box….I am not very crafty with paper and I saw these and they hang so I thought they would be perfect for her special day…..I am sending a card also…..Sue in Atlanta

  12. Lavender Dreams June 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    This is such a lovely way to honor your mother. I have a butterfly on the way! Enjoy your week, sweet friend! Hugs!

  13. Maggie September 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Ugh! I missed this and I miss you my dear friend! How sweet of you to do this for your mom. Such a beautiful lady. I hope you have many more fond memories of her to make.

  14. Sandra October 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Did your Mom like all her butterflies? Not sure if I missed a post about her Birthday. Hope it was a special day for her.

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