Monday, November 26, 2007

Seventeen

I'm really not sure how it happened, but our sweet little baby girl has turned seventeen years old. She has grown ever more precious to us each day, and we are so thankful to God for her life.

We had a bit of fun with some "little girl" presents and a Barbie birthday cake, but we all know she is now a young lady, hence the "big girl" gift of an emergency cell phone. *sigh*

Happy Birthday, M! We love you every day, all day long, all the time!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Family

We lost our sweet Papa early this morning, so the last 24 hours have been a tiring, trying time. Yet in the midst of great sorrow I have seen some wonderful things. Last night much of my family gathered around his bed reminiscing about old times, recalling crazy things and sweet memories alike. We read encouraging Scriptures about God's Provision and Heaven. We told Papa how much we loved him and how knowing him had made our lives so much richer.

We are blessed to have a very close-knit family and to enjoy really positive relationships with our extended family. We genuinely enjoy getting together for family gatherings. In the last few weeks, there has been an even sweeter fellowship. Although we are all busy with families, jobs, and church responsibilities and sometimes let too much time go by, we really care about each other and love the opportunity to be together and catch up on all that is happening.

I feel so sorry for people who don't have a man like Papa in their lives. He lived a life worthy of imitation before his family and friends. Rather than tell us how we ought to act, he showed us by example every day of his life . He was a faithful, loving husband to our dear grandmother for 62 years. He had perfect attendance in Sunday School for 54 years. He never passed up an opportunity to help someone. Our lives are better because of his influence.

I also ache for those who don't have a loving, supportive family. What a difference it makes! Yes, we are hurting, but we are hurting together. We will make it through these difficult days, and we will be stronger as a result. Papa would want that, and we will honor his desire.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Feeling Kind of Thoughtful

With all that is going on in the life of our family, it's only natural to be a bit reflective this week. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year anyway, and this year I feel particularly thankful for all of the many blessings in my life. God has been so very good to me. Sometimes it's really good to count some of those blessings.

Family--One dear husband who doubles as my very best friend, three precious children, two parents, one sister, one brother-in-law who is inside the good old USA, two nephews and a niece/nephew soon to arrive, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws of all kinds.

Friends--One lifetime friend who has been my confidant, partner-in-crime, and steadfast companion, more who haven't been with me as long but have grown dear to me in countless ways.

Church--A fellowship of believers who diligently seek to follow God and strive to instruct their children in His Ways.

Home--A new house on land owned by my husband's family for eight generations.

Faith--The essence of things unseen, the substance of things hoped for, sincere belief in the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth, and the comfort that comes only from Him.

Hallelujah. Amen.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Proverbs 17:6

Woodworking, Weed Eaters, Old Black Ford Pickup, Little Debbies, Folding Rulers, Sunday School, U. S. Mail, Sugar Foot, Louis L'Amour, Tulips, Pomegranates, Chocolate, Scuppernongs, Pool, Golly Pete Moses, The Barn, Grannie, Faith, Love, and Family


All of these things are part of my Papa, and yet he is so much more. I feel so blessed to be the granddaughter of such a wonderful, godly man. He has given me such an incredible legacy to pass on to my children and grandchildren. I am so glad that my children have fond memories of time spent with their great-grandparents. Although it appears that we will not have him with us for very much longer and my heart is breaking, I would not choose to hold him here. He has much greater things awaiting him. I long for him to get to experience them.

Thank you, Father, for my Papa. I love him so much. I know you must love me to bless me in a such a mighty way. May I be for my family what Papa has always been for me.