Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In all things....

....search for blessings. It has been a difficult time. Dustin's Dad passed away....on Dustin's birthday and the day the kids were to move into their new home. It seemed to much to bear. Our home was full to capacity with our Dutch family visiting and with plans for a family reunion that would gather 30 family members to share and reminisce. At times it seemed to overwhelm. But there was much to be grateful for .....
....for my Uncle Piet who gave us all a joyous concert and brought back sweet memories of my Grandfather who also lived for his music.
For the sweetest visitors who are grateful for everything they get to see and do and who add to the joy of our home.
We have enjoyed summer meals in the garden.....
and found that quilts are great for keeping us warm.
The girls have found the joy of California shopping....
and my Grandpuppy came to give me kisses and nibbles....
My cousin and her husband came to our reunion too, and it was especially nice to be able to catch up on our lives. But there are more blessings.
The kids would be coming home to a huge task of moving their things into their new home and starting back to their teaching all in the same week. But with the kindest and most generous heart, Liz ( their friend and realtor) has arranged to have a moving company come in and do the move for them. So while this week is hard at many times, there is much to be grateful for.
We will be leaving in a day to be with Dustin's family. We hope we can comfort them at this very hard time. I hope they too can feel the blessings of all who are praying for them. I thank you for your sweet notes and love....I will be sure to convey all of your goodness when we see the kids.

4 comments:

mary said...

Dear Sweet Annie,

My heartfelt sympathy as you strive through these days. My little prayer is that God may put peace in your heart, still your mind, shower you with gentle love and remind you of the light that forever brings us hope. Take good care of *you* (hydrate!). You are *sew* special to all of us.

Missing you until we see each other again,
Mary

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

So sorry to hear of Don's passing...may he be at peace.

The family reunion was very nice...many fine memories will remain from that...enjoyed ourselves!

Meghan Hein said...

Mom. Thank you. I know it's been a hard week... but I am grateful beyond words. I love you!

Cheryl said...

Dear Annie....I am so very sorry for to hear about the passing of Dustin's father. My thoughts and prayers are with one and all. I know what a comfort you are to them, and please know we all have you and your whole family in our thougths. Hugs and prayers to you all.