Thursday, February 25, 2010

Date night with my honey

My sweet man of 34 years and I had a date night tonight. It was a belated Valentine's Day/celebration of the first full paycheck in two years dinner! Cork and Cleaver restaurant is one of our favorite spots for a celebration meal - the food is wonderful, the atmosphere quiet and cozy. When we got in the car, a single rose and card awaited me. My eyes filled with tears at these sweet gestures from my partner, my best friend, the one whom I journey through life with, for better or worse. We have seen more "worse" than "better" in the past several years. Hence one reason for celebration as we are trending towards "better" days.

My hubby has learned well from the marriage of his parents. They have the kind of marriage that people admire. On Valentine's Day, my mother-in-law spelled "I love you" in her hubby's Cheerios that morning. They will soon celebrate 60 years of marriage. They have demonstrated much to me and others around them about the institution of marriage and serving one another.

It is my prayer that this demonstration of love for one another will be a blessing passed on to our children, their children and grandchildren, throughout the generations.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Ellie Kate Hart!

She emerged into our lives today in literally a minute. Her surgery was at 07:30 and at 07:31, she was born. If only the rest of her life she can be this timely, she will be doing great! Ellie Kate has captured our hearts as we have waited on her for so long. One of the great mysteries of life is how we can so deeply love a little one whom we haven't met yet. But there she was, I took one look and loved her with all of my being. I am hopelessly smitten by all of my grandchildren. And they know it! One of the joys of grandparenting. The greatest gift I can give them is praying for them (and their parents) daily.

I'd love to hear about your relationship with your grandchildren and what special things you to with them, or what your grandparents did with you that is a special memory.

NOTE: I wasn't blogging when my other grandchildren were born, but undoubtedly I would have said the same things about them! All are so precious to me!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"I know the plans I have for you..."

This week, I traveled to be with my mom and her husband during her eye surgery. The doctor's office is located in the medical center at the university in their town. We logged in a lot of waiting time during the two days of surgery and followup doctor's visit the next day. While walking down the hallway to get a drink of water, I looked up to glance outside the window and catch the city's skyline, which is quite impressive. Suddenly, the logo on one of the tallest buildings grabbed my attention. It is the building which houses a large insurance company that we felt sure was where the Lord was calling my husband to be employed at. Several years ago because of the economic downturn, my husband closed his business to re-enter the work force. He interviewed with this company and initial contacts were very encouraging. It is a well-respected company and working there would enable us to get back to the city we love and be among family, friends, and church again. It just seemed like the answer from the Lord. During the ensuing weeks, more emails were exchanged, another interview but still no definite answer. Many months later, word came out in the news of layoffs at this same company - as he would have been a new hire, we felt certain that he might have been one of the first to get booted out. We felt such protection from the Lord although disappointed to not get back to the place we wanted to live. We ultimately continued on in the job search.

Now months later with my husband in the job that he absolutely loves and is fluorishing in, I am reminded again that the Lord knows best what we need and has the best plan for us. To see that logo was God sending a visual reminder to me of His presence in our lives, of His beautiful plan for us, and though we question why things happen the way they do, we ultimately need to let Him chart the course. He understands when we are disappointed, but He persists in leading us to the place He wants to take us. Praise Him for His plan - may I always be willing to let go and let Him guide.

Jeremiah 29:11, The Message:

"I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."