Saturday, October 19, 2013

therefore, therefore, do not lose heart...

18 days sound like a lot until your reach day 17. Tomorrow is the day Jess flies back home, yes, home to Germany and her beloved. Today we will try not to think about it. Today we will enjoy the sunshine and a bonfire and the amazing streak of October weather we've been blessed with. Today we will bake and cook and feast with extended family -- today is AnnaLynn's 13th birthday! Today we will not lose heart since we know how blessed we are despite the distance tomorrow will bring. Today we rejoice in the blessings God has wrought in our lives and give thanks. We have it SO GOOD.

Will try to share some pics here in another day or two, but in the meantime, please take a few moments to sit back and watch and listen to the following video. While it is difficult to say good-bye to any friend or loved one, perspective is a beautiful thing... As hard as THIS is, some are crying out with no peace, no understanding of the hard things. Some lose heart in the midst of life's hard providences. But they don't need to...



Enjoying day 17 (and fighting tears),

~Lisa

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14 comments:

  1. What a blessing to have been able to spend that time together! Memories to last a lifetime.

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  2. wah! The 18 days went so fast for me :) I hope you will see her soon.

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  3. Good byes are so tough. We said good bye to my daughters boyfriend last week as he left on deployment for 9 months. I am glad you got to enjoy your time together. Big hugs to you!

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    1. Those deployments are so tuff on a family. My sister's husband has done so many including Korea & Afghanistan. Always praying for our military...
      Thanks for the hugs. :)

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  4. It's always hard; Lord bless and keep you all!

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  5. Thanks, ladies, for the encouragement! Missing my girl like crazy...

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  6. {{{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}}} to you, Lisa...thanks for sharing the video, really touching. That verse is well-known to me, and I really liked how he included the devotional in the midst of the performance. Such truth, such a good word. Keeping you in my prayers, dearest!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Lori!! :)
      (glad you enjoyed the video!)

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  7. Missing you like crazy too, Mom! :) Well, I better stop writing as the tears are welling up. Love you!
    Jess~

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    1. Skype is the next best thing, huh? Talk to you in an hour. :) xo, Mom
      (looking into passports today...)

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  8. It's so hard when you have loved ones halfway round the globe. I'm very thankful for Facebook and Skype, which were not around when I was growing up. Not that my grandparents were into computers. My Grandad who died this past May, never got a computer.

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    1. Can you imagine doing this sort of good-bye without our modern technologies? In the past, a long-distance move likely meant not seeing a loved one ever again. Can. Not. Imagine! Sarah, you must be close to your grandparents as you always talk of them so fondly. Mine were all on the east coast (PA) until my mom's mom moved out here and lived out her days. So glad we will see them on the other side in glory! Blessings, Lisa :)

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  9. I sympathize with you on the other end... as I am a "Jes" to my mother. This summer we were able to make a nice and long visit after 2 1/2 years. Hugs and kisses are something that skype can never replace, but I am so grateful for it!!! My heart goes out to you mom! :)

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    1. JES, you are so right! As great as skype is (and it is such a blessing!), it's just not the same thing. Thanks for the encouragement. :)

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