May 29, 2009
May 23, 2009
Amidst my tears of his many sweet remembrances, all I could think of was "A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children..." Proverbs 13:22a. My Uncle Bill lived out this verse by leaving a godly heritage.An angel asleep in my brother's arms during the visiting hours.Susan sang "I Will Rise" with such power. On the last verse she tenderly inserted "he did rise when He called his name."
A lovely engraving on my grandparents gravestone.
A wildflower arrangement. Victoria Leigh and cousins. Sweet interaction with the Little Miss.
Snapping her picture through the car window. Strolling dolly through another cemetery as we remember other family members that are now alive with Jesus. Audra and Caroline gazing outside.A stuffed dog (that looks very much like Lilly Belle) introduced Caroline to the ivory keys.
I could not get enough pictures of my niece or my nephew.
It had only been a month since we'd seen their family; but still I wanted to snap their pictures continuously.
My nephew Arnie is a real treasure. Here he is with his own addition for a centerpiece for the lunch table. He and my dear brother had gone shooting in my grandmother's field and he brought back the can he used as a target. The night we had 19 in our little nest for dinner, he was a HUGE help to me. No one prompted him to ask if he could help, he just asked. And then gladly served by doing many helpful and last minute tasks that would not been completed before dinner guests arrived had he not offered to help.
Was had good times around the table.
Lilly Belle was comfortable in her bed as company overflowed our cozy little house on the hill.
I love the smile on my dear brother's face. Here he is pictured with our grandmother and aunt (in the background). My dear brother made so many deposits in my love tank during this visit. I have so many sweet remembrances of his kind and complimentary words of encouragement that he graciously spoke. He was complimentary about meals and details about our home which just blessed my heart. His words blessed me the days he spoke them and they continue to bless me as I remember them. Victoria Leigh made most of the delicious food we enjoyed, including the Oreo Truffles. My precious sister-in-love Nancy dipped the strawberries in the leftover chocolate for a lovely and delicious display on the buffet. I was so thankful for Nancy's nimble fingers in the kitchen as we prepared meals. Not only was she helpful in the kitchen, I'm so thankful she also took pictures for me, so I would have them to share with you! My cousins graciously washed ALL the dishes. Did I already say we had 19 for dinner one evening? Their kindness and sweet service was truly a labor of love.
We had many opportunities for hugs.
And my nephew never got tired of me taking his picture...
We enjoyed music from several musicians in the family.
These pictures taken of Sweet Caroline outside are *some* of my favorites...
Mr. Penguin takes a ride.
I loved the pose here - hands clasped, shoulders bent - however, I didn't get it centered very well.
My sister-in-love, Nancy, is a gem of great worth. I loved her from the time I met her in high school and the years have deepened my affection for her. She is a godly wife and mother and I am flat out blessed to call her sister and kindred spirit. I have been blessed with three wonderful sister-in-laws. Nancy's patient and gentle ways with my sweet niece, dear nephew and brother are so endearing. She is steeped in the Word and some of my favorite times with Nancy are sharing the Word together and encouraging one another. I have come to love when she prays over me. I am blessed.
I am so very thankful to the Lord for each and every member of my dear family.
May 16, 2009
The Lord stilled our family this week. My mother's dear brother left his earthly home and went to live in his eternal mansion. I had prayed 3 John 2 over my Uncle Bill:
No more pain or discomfort is my dear Uncle Bill feeling
He has experienced the Ultimate Healing.
Please pray for safety for my dear brother and his family as they travel the many miles ahead of them today. Pray the Lord would bless and strengthen our relationships as they stay part of this next week to visit. Pray for comfort for my aunt who has lost her mate of 52 years and planned a celebration of his life (not a funeral). I love this! A celebration! We have something to celebrate! My uncle knew where he was going! He is very much alive today!