Our Yard Mama

We moved to our new house the last Saturday in February. This photo shows Mark with one of the items we acquired with the purchase of the house. Statues of Mary like this one are very common sites in St Louis lawns. On our short dead-end street alone, there are 3. After talking with a friend and long-time St Louisan, I learned that one slang moniker for these Mary statues is “Yard Mama.” As you can see, Mark was debating what to do with our Yard Mama. Since the photo was taken, I have found a home for her with one of our neighbors who wants the statue because of her fondness for the now-deceased lady who owned the house before us.

With a lot of help from church friends, we were able to have everything transferred from our old place to our new one in about 6 hours. We have had an eventful 2 weeks since moving. Of course, we have been unpacking with hopes of settling into a more normal way of life. However, we also had to go through normal activities for the kids–3 different birthday parties to attend, a school musical for 2 of the children, special school projects for the school’s Open House–throw in a little stomach flu on the side, and you have an idea of what our life has been like. We are hoping for better health and fewer outside activities to give us more time to get things settled in the coming week.

We are excited about the new place. It has a lot of potential, and the kids are really enjoying living on a street with other kids. We are enjoying having bedroom with a door, and we’re thrilled that our bedroom furniture fits in the new room!

20 thoughts on “Our Yard Mama”

  1. That picture is begging for a good caption! Glad you like your new house — and that you found a good home for your Yard Mama. BTW, what did the children think about her?

  2. I agree–that picture needs a caption contest. Here’s my entry: “Hmmm, maybe we could keep it if we tell our Reformed friends it’s Katie Luther…” Congrats on your new house!

  3. I am enjoying reading the caption ideas. They are all pretty funny.

    Mom, the kids just wanted to know what we were going to do with the statue. Actually, our neighbor still hasn’t claimed her, and we haven’t carried her back to our garage for safe keeping yet. So they still ask when she’ll be removed from the yard. Perhaps that would be a good task for today.

  4. It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the shinny object in the bottom right corner is actually the DOOR TO HELL! Mark, Beware! Rome is only the first stop on the road you’re headed down. 😉

  5. A perplexed Mark thinks, “Hmm, if she was only this tall, Jesus must have been two foot tall.”

  6. Possible captions:

    “Hey, if we stuck a feather in her hat, could we call her ‘Maccaroni’?”

    “Five words: ‘What Would John Knox Do?'”

    “How do they get the blood to drip from these things?”

    “Hand me that hose! This thing looks like it could use a baptism!”

    “Yes, but ‘Our Lady of Bush’ sounds too political–either that or just plain dirty!”

  7. I guess the only way for me to get many comments on my blog entries is to include Mark in some way?!

  8. “I’m sorry, Mary, for that terrible post about you in which I mentioned you having sex with your husband. Now please remove this curse you put on me and make that incredibly long white tail go away!”

  9. White tail. . . so that’s what it is? Other options came to mind. But having an E while doing lawn-work struck me as much too efficient for Mark. 😉

  10. “O Lady of the Lawn . . . please make the grass greener this side of the fence. My friends all got bluegrass, I must make amens.” (Sorry, it’s way past my bedtime.)

  11. “Hmmm… that’s odd. I remember the warning about turning into salt if we looked back. But I don’t remember anything about being turned into a salt hobbit.”

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