Sunday, May 26, 2013

He earned his wings.

On May 16 Moses and I flew home for Sarah's college graduation. I'm so thankful we could be there to celebrate. Sarah lived life to the fullest the last four years. She fully embraced the journey. She soared academically and she stayed standing when the trials of this life rocked our family to it's knees. She is incredible and I admire her more than she'll ever know. I am so thankful we could witness the momentous event.

While in Michigan we were able to spend time with family (and meet our newest nephew/cousin-Charlie!!!!). I'm so grateful we could take part in the many celebrations (graduation parties, open houses and a birthday party!).

However, it was a bittersweet trip and I found myself stricken with grief more times than I care to admit. "Home" isn't the same without my mom's arms to greet us. The void is great and so much more real when we gather as a family.

"Home" also brings memories to light. Memories of what use to be and a reminder of what is no longer.

Yet, even in the hard moments I am thankful. Thankful that God is enough...and nothing is too big or too messy for him. I'm thankful for the sweet life of little ones. I have two new nephews, Charlie and Henry! (Congrats Courtney & BJ and Rachael & Scott..and Bryan, too!) I am thankful Moses could spend time with his cousins, finding bugs & digging in the sandbox. I'm thankful for just "being" with family.

We're already looking forward to returning in July! See you then, West Michigan!

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