Each year we travel to another part of the state, the one we used to live in, with its rolling hills and winding roads. It was our home for seven years. It was the place where our two boys were born. And most of all, it was where I really discovered as an adult what a church family was.
When we moved four years ago from that home and that place, we left behind part of our hearts. We joined family here, and the blessings of living near them are many. It was what I had always hoped would happen -- our moving back home. I love having my children here near their grandparents. I love living less than thirty minutes from my sis and closer to my best friend.
"God gives, God takes.
God's name be ever blessed" (Job 1:21, The Message).
Blessing God's name for gifts #457 - 482:
safety in traveling while the heavens poured
much-needed and asked-for rain
staying with friends
their gracious hospitality
maple pie (mmmmmm)
Baby Girl's quick attachment to Pocahontas
a hand-painted ornament from that Indian princess
a house full of memories
family away from family
both trees up and decorated
Baby Girl hanging the first ornament
Christmas lights that work!
red everywhere (it's my favorite)
most of my Christmas shopping completed
a sister who comes to my rescue
little girls in Christmas dresses
my boys saying prayers in the service at church
Baby Girl loves her sparkly shoes
communion at the table with my love
my husband across from me at the table each day
glimpses of eternity in the every day