Friday, March 27, 2020

{Twelve Years Closer}

Another year...another day...spent doing things we enjoy and that remind us of our Annabelle...

~tending to the hydrangeas we were given 12 years ago  and being reminded of new life as they begin to bloom again

~cleaning out and organizing our Annabelle Basket supplies to get another batch ready for delivery by Easter

~soaking up the sunshine on the back porch completely in awe of the 87 degree day He gave us to enjoy

~dressing two little girls in pale pink bows and ruffles...simply because I can and only God knew the immense joy that would bring me on days like today.

~taking a family trip to visit "An-belle's pace" with snacks in hand

~the boys tossing the football the moment they step out of the truck in what has always been a safe and special place for them...and my being so thankful we were the only ones there so I didn't have to constantly remind them that we are "supposed" to be quiet and not laughing the entire time we are there

~closing out the day with our traditional Friday night of pizza and a movie...and giving thanks for surviving another March 27th.

It was hard and holy.  And these lyrics were on repeat because of the deep truth they speak...

I won't bow to idols, I'll stand strong and worship You
And if it puts me in the fire, I'll rejoice 'cause You're there too

I won't be formed by feelings, I hold fast to what is true

If the cross brings transformation then I'll be crucified with You

'Cause death is just the doorway into resurrection life
And if I join You in Your suffering then I'll join You when You rise
And when You return in glory with all the angels and the saints
My heart will still be singing and my song will be the same

~Cory Asbury "Christ Be Magnified"

Oh how our hearts yearn and long and suffer to be without our sweet day...and we hope in that.  Always.

They lead the way now...

Daddy always taking care of his baby girl's resting spot

This wreath ended up a little bigger than I thought...Scott and I laughed once it was up and said "well, that's fitting!" Our girl rocks some big bows so this just seems to work, too! 

Mid-snack break to visit her sister...

I'm so thankful they see this space as home, too...our goal has been to never make them scared of death but just as another part of life.  I think they get it.

I'm taking pictures of the boys and the girls pose.  Typical! 

This one though...she had her first piece of gum on the way home and smiled the entire way back. God knew we needed her spark.

When it's super sunny and hard to get good light and then God sends a cloud and I yell "This light is perfect! Hurry, everyone huddle up!" So, yes, we had a little family photo shoot at the cemetery.  You'd never know either! 

I love this one of them! 

And then my biggest takes my camera and catches us at this odd angle...I included it to prove I was actually there. :)

She loves to give him a hard time...

Back visiting their sister...

And then the moment that left me abundantly undone...Andie-Grace explaining to Ailee James that Annabelle is in Heaven with Jesus "up a sky" but she sends kisses to her there. 

Clinging to Eternity and soaking up the Glory that is found on this side also...

"If it puts me in the fire I'll rejoice 'cause You're there, too"

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