Ann Voskamp shares some lovely thoughts on life-stages in how to assemble the parts of a life when beginnings end & kids grow up. To get the background to my thoughts below, read Ann’s post first.

I’ve been there. Watched Jonathan take down the crib for what I thought was the last time. Sorted through and gotten rid of most of the baby clothes, saving only favorites and a few extra “just in case.” Placed my desire for more children on the proverbial altar, and found peace and joy in acceptance of moving on to the next stage of our lives.

And now, I promise-swell.
Grateful for the unexpected, not having lost the lesson of acceptance.
His plans, not mine. For His glory and my good.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Rom 15:13


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurie
    Feb 10, 2010 @ 11:20:01

    That was heart-wrenching, heart expanding and beautiful.Whoa.Blessings.


  2. Jessie
    Feb 10, 2010 @ 11:23:04

    I read that yesterday and almost cried-such a hard thing to think about.


  3. Wayne and Genene
    Feb 10, 2010 @ 18:40:01

    I sit here with tears; I would have anyway but my heart is especially tender as we buried Loyce and Frank's Dayna today. It was sad and beautiful. Ann's words and yours are poignant in the memories they bring; of my children, yours and Eric's. How I long to "hold" each of you and the progeny you have begotten.Love you! Mama


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