Mid-winter Gratitude

We made a “dash” trip back home to Hutchinson this last weekend, leaving Friday evening and arriving back at our Missouri home this morning at 7am. The whirlwind trip was prompted by the illness of one of Jonathan’s aunts, who has been tentatively diagnosed with a rare and serious type of lung cancer. Aunt Elaine’s diagnosis was a striking reminder of how important family is, and we felt it was important to gather with the extended family to support her and each other. Our weekend also included time with some dear friends and a look at a neat farm house. It was definitely worth the drive, and though we would have loved to stay longer, we’re glad we went.

And the gifts…
Winter babies born to friends
Traveling mercies
Hard circumstances that draw family together
Gray and white hairs
Precious time with precious friends
With Becki, my dear friend and "sister"
Seeing our friends’ dream-come-true farm
Reminders that the Great Planner has everything under control
A trip home
Long views
Straight Roads
Sky view from horizon to horizon
Orion – cystal clear in the sky, from the middle of town. Love small town Kansas
Prayer Warrior Parents
Little boy bearing gifts
Anniversary Bibles (finally spent our ann. gift, Papa and Mama – love them, thank you!)
Package delivery pre-storm
Time with G’ma Smith for Elanor
Parenting growing pains
A warm house while the sleet comes down for hours
Icy Yew
Firewood… just in case
Safety for Dad S. and Lynn traveling to Hutch overnight
A tree felled in November that will not be falling in this ice
Big baby push ups

holy experience


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Angela Mackey
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 13:19:01

    That picture of you and Becki makes me SMILE!!!! Miss you all, but know if not here what a reunion in heaven we will have!!!

    Blessings dear friend…


  2. Mama
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 20:10:23

    Great post, Laurel. Love the pic of you and Becki. Like Angela, it makes me smile. Lots of memories.
    Thankful you made it home safely. Also that you found and spent your anniversary money.
    We love you and yours, daughter dear.


  3. Tab
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 16:21:36

    Sweet thoughts and sweet picture of you two friends!


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