The path of life…we do not always know the way that the Lord will take us. Yet, even when we prepare for the major events in life, there are still the unexpected twists and turns along the way.
On Saturday, June 11, 2016, we celebrated Denise’s graduation with a beautiful graduation ceremony with family and a wonderful open house celebrated with our many friends and family. It was a beautiful day to celebrate Denise. Since we home school, we have a graduation ceremony with our immediate family. During this ceremony we have each person in attendance share something they notice about Denise, a fond story they remember about her, or words of advice to her from their own experience. It is a very personal graduation. It is such a special time for all involved. Denise has been through some major trials in her life, yet she never complains or has questioned God or gotten bitter toward God. Oh, that I could be like her. It was a wonderful day celebrating Denise, and yet a sad day as we said good-bye to so many friends. There were many tears.
On Sunday, June 12, 2016, we said good-bye to our church family. It will never be the same. I realize how much I take for granted seeing people each Sunday. Now, I must be intentional in connecting with friends. Intentional. Life passes us by so quickly and without purpose we will get to the end and wonder what we did. The intentional relationships are the meaningful relationships. I must remind myself not to get so bogged down with chores that I forget what matters most: People and the Bible/my relationship with God. It’s easy for me to see all the tasks that must get done and lose sight of what matters most.
On Monday and Tuesday, June 13 & 14 2016, we packed up the remainder of our household possessions and moved from the house that we brought Delaney home from the hospital to. It’s where all three of our daughters were saved. The girls learned how to ride a bike there, it was our school, the place where family and friends gather…it was our home. I will miss the birds eating at the bird feeder while I do the dishes, the many deer that run through the yard, the occasional fox that scurried through, the tea with my neighbor, the neighbor children who played on our swing set…
Today, June 16, 2016, we turn over the keys. The next chapter of our life is waiting to be written. The relationships we made and the memories we made can never be taken away, but if I am not intentional the relationships will fade. This has been an emotional week with so many events taking place, yet the experiences we have draw us closer to those we love and to our Lord if we allow it to happen. The experiences we have help us help others. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (II Corinthians 1:3-4).
There are still a few events that will bring tears…taking Danielle and Denise to Cedarville University as they begin another new chapter of their lives. Saying good-bye to Lilly as she goes back to Leader Dogs for the Blind to finish her training and go on to bigger and better things. My goal during these times is to be intentional and leave no words unsaid. Those that I hold dear, I want them to know how special they have been to me. My life is full because of the people I know and the experiences I’ve had. Thank-you all for being a part of my journey these last 16 years. If you meant nothing to me, than this would not be so hard. So in the midst of the tears, there is abundant blessing.