Monday, November 16, 2009

1000 Gifts: Our trip north


"Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him."

Psalm 34:8

Truly, my cup overflows~

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a weekend get-away--- just me and my dad and my tiny peanut, Lollipop...
off to visit my grandmom in New Jersey

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daddy at home with my other three... conducting another Menstown retreat while we're away :)

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safety as we traveled, backseat slumbers, a tiny hand to hold,
and lavendar wildflowers still blooming along the interstate

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time with my dad

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his love for my daughter... and her love for him

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their time together... shoulder rides and shared meals, ketchup and french fries, sticky fingers and strawberry jam,
Klondike bars and sofa snuggles... Pops-sized hugs

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this house... her home... God's provision for the last 44 years


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memories around every corner, in every room, on every wall
memories of days gone by.
reminders of love that never dies.

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Grandpop's trains... each one handmade, each one built tirelessly from scratch...
this labor of love for yet another generation to enjoy


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His legacy

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walks through the gardens with Lolli... and the laughter, the joy as she delights in those same paths...
those very same trails I explored so many years ago


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this organ--- my granddad's organ... and tiny fingers to make music once again



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Lolli in one arm, my grandmom on another... my dad's tender care of two very special ladies

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this mother-son bond and the heritage they share

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4 generations together-- playing and laughing and exploring and discovering...
moments to cherish forever and ever


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my grandmom, her never-ending support, her encouragement and her prayers,
and her gentle reminder... I love you beyond measure



holy experience


and the list continues...

10 comments:

Carrie said...

Oh, Heather! I love your list this morning!! What a special family you have!! You have been blessed indeed!!!

Dianne said...

Wow! This list will be hard to beat--they all spoke to me and gave me a lump in my throat but I guess the "memories" one really got me--"memories around every corner"--that is an incredible blessing! Thank you for a heart-stopping post. Dianne

gretchen said...

Hey friend - glad you got to spend some time with your dad, your girl, and your grandmom... sweet memories... glad you got to have them...love you - have a great week...

Heather of S-A-M said...

Love the List!

Girls & Their Grandpa's... one of my personal favorite things. (Mine has a train too)

Happy Gratitude Scribblings!

Catherine said...

Wonderful list ... family is such a blessing!
Catherine :)

Diana said...

Oh, what delightful pictures! What a blessing to have four generations together.

deb said...

This brought tears , Heather.
You are so blessed, as are your children. This is something that can't be bought or imagined .
But I borrowed a bit.. :)

Linda said...

I feel my eyes welling up too Heather. What a precious time. You have made priceless memories and given something of eternal value to your sweet little one and to your Dad and Grandma too. I just loved taking this wonderful trip with you. What a blessing.

mom2six said...

Wonderful! Heritage and legacy to pass down to the next generation.

Jennifer said...

What a sweet time!

I saw those lavender wildflowers the other day on our way north. Lovely! : )