In an earlier post, I told you all about our adventure to the Blue Bell Factory. Since then we have adopted a fun family tradition and thrown in a little learning as the sprinkles on top :)
Every Sunday we take turns picking out a new flavor of Blue Bell ice cream. This was our 7th flavor! Chocolate chip cookie dough, cherry vanilla, happy tracks, strawberries and homemade vanilla, dessert trio, chocolate chip and tonight's choice- Dutch Chocolate....We have been making a chart and graphing the opinion of each family member. Who knows what Jonah will pick next week! Hope everyone has a great week!
Jeremiah was out of town for most of the week, so it was my goal to wear the kids out! We kept busy with our friends Will & Shelley. Early morning park visits, sprinkler park, bounce house place, New York pizza joint, and some duck feeding! Today was a family day. Jeremiah and I took the kids to play putt putt, bumper boats and to 59 Diner for chocolate shakes. Man, I'm blessed and love having this big family! :) Here's a bunch of pics from our adventures.
There is a lot of loss going on right now. I saw a sweet friend who lost her husband. Although almost a year ago, I know that she still hurts, and misses him. We also have a friend that just today lost a family member. Our preacher had a very tough job of a funeral for a young father this week...
Loss is not only death, but also ending friendships, disconnection from family, or even moving away from those you love. I hate loss. In any form.
I have not dealt with death very well since 1997. I lost 6 dear people that year at the age of 17. Car accident with several friends, another friend to a car accident, grandfather and a sweet boy that I babysat. I have seen my parents both cry at the loss of a parent, seen my school class mourn the loss of several, and heard the screams of a mom at the loss of a child. That year I prayed for God to take me. It felt like that was coming true in 2003. My first cancer diagnosis. My daughter was 10 weeks old. My marriage was falling apart. I felt alone. At 21 I was creating my will, and facing cancer with my family 6 hours away. It ended up all working out, but at that point I felt alone. I made it through and only 1 thing is the same today as 15 years ago....God. He didn't change or leave.
In the Bible, God says "I am with you" over 241 times.
Run to your Father to get you through this. He understands and wants to provide you with comfort. You are His precious child, whom He loves and cherishes.
Lean on Him, and not what we can't understand.
Josh- know that we are praying for you. We love you.