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~

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

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

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

time with my dad

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

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

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

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

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

His legacy

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

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

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

this mother-son bond and the heritage they share

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

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...


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 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! : )