Still Finding the Thread

Believe it or not, I’m still here…got a little sidetracked, but I’m still here!

I’m not going to bore you with a year-in-review update. How about just a few pictures to capture some of my favorite moments?

Happy day! Got to see my big little brother for the first time in 22 years!

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…and met my niece and nephew in person!

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One of the few lovely things about my new job…the lunch-break sanctuary.

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Another happy day…got to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary while attending the marriage of a lovely young couple from church.  I do believe this is the best ever picture of me and my dearest!

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So much fun! A group of folks from our sister church in Ontario came down to help us out with a week-long summer kids program. Met some pretty amazing folks!

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Summer lobster feed is a great time for an updated family photo…for once, we were ALL there!

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Dearest daughter with her young man.

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And a moment from our day in Boston with Junior to celebrate his birthday…farmers market, Faneuil Hall, Boston Aquarium, Mike’s Pastry, and a LONG walk to Barnes and Nobel…great day!

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There’s so much more, of course, but these are the best moments…the ones I like to dwell on.  It’s been a long year, a bumpy ride, and a great adventure, all rolled up in one….and I still haven’t found that darn thread, but that’s all part of the journey, I guess, so we’ll keep on keepin’ on.

Until next time (and I’m hoping “next time” is sooner than next year), be blessed!

Blind Intersection

We were driving home from church the other day and Hubby saw this sign, only about a half mile from our house.

“When did that get put there?”  he asked.

It’s been there for a while now; it’s just that we drive past it so often that we don’t even notice it, and now, with the summer foliage, it’s partially blocked from view.

I’m not really sure why we noticed that sign the other day when usually we don’t, but I couldn’t help thinking about it this morning as I was contemplating some decisions we’ve made recently.

The truth is, life is full of blind intersections.

Intersections aren’t necessarily bad things…like the intersection that turns off toward the ice cream place, or the one that goes to the beach, or to a friend’s house.  But it’s a little disorienting when you come upon them unexpectedly, like when your exit on the highway comes up faster than you realized and you either have to slam on the brakes, praying to avoid a collision, in order to make your turn, or pass it to drive another 10 miles before you can legally turn around and head back to it.

Or when you’re driving along and you know your turn is coming up but you’re not exactly sure where, so you drive as slowly as the vehicle behind you will tolerate, craning your neck and straining your eyes to catch a glimpse of your turn-off before you pass it.

Yah, life can be like that sometimes.

Then again, if I push over to the passenger seat and let the Lord drive, we’re sure to get exactly where we’re meant to go exactly when we’re meant to get there.

This could be fun!  I LOVE road trips!

Paradox

I got the text early this morning, just as the day was starting to get rolling.

“Just wanted to let you know, Nancy is with Jesus.”

Pause.

Life stops for a moment when we lose a friend.

And then a mix of emotions…
Sorrow knowing we won’t be able to wrap our arms around her again.
Relief that her suffering is finished.
Joy.
Pure joy, knowing she’s finally Home.
And dare I be honest?
Longing…wishing we were Home, too.

And then someone pushes “play” again.

The new chickens lay their first egg,
the walkway waits for its facelift,
the e-mails and texts come.

We’ll put aside some time to celebrate her life together.
In the meantime, we continue to live…for now.

And that’s the paradox of life, really.
Living each day we breathe, to its fullest,
while at the same time, longing,
with every fiber of our souls,
to be Home.