Sunday, February 07, 2010

Blessings All Around

Posted by Kathryn:

Our family friend (and Mom's walking partner) Linda flew safely home to Roanoke yesterday afternoon despite the wintry weather. Linda left my mother and Qavah in St. Petersburg, Florida where they get to enjoy, for another two weeks, the cornucopia of sights, sounds, foods, and warmer temperatures that she herself experienced this past week. They stayed with our relatives, Uncle Tony and Aunt Lil, who graciously opened their home and welcomed everyone, including Linda.

Mom has called many times to tell us the joyful surprises the Lord gave them. One such event Mom shared still delights me when I recall it. Because much of the week was spent visiting the local attractions, there was only one day available to go to the beach while Linda was there. On that particular day, the temperature when they woke up was in the mid-60s, a little too chilly to enjoy the ocean water. The sky was also filled with clouds that hinted of an impending storm. Everyone decided to stay positive and prepare for the beach anyway. Just as they arrived at the beach, the sky gave way to sunshine and the temperature climbed to the mid-seventies! Linda was able to spend four hours baking her bones, while getting a "real" Florida tan. Meanwhile, Qavah frolicked back and forth from the ocean to the sand, collecting seashells and enjoying the water to her heart's content. Just as they finished at the beach, the temperatures dropped again and, by dinnertime, there was rain. The Lord had definitely ordained their "beachy day".

In addition to the physical blessings, Mom and Linda were able to have their souls refreshed as they had extra available time to meditate on God's Word and pray together. There was even a mid-week church service and brunch that Linda got to attend. Mom will be able to share the Pastor's message better than I can, but it was about strengthening, preparing, and renewing our hearts and minds with God's truth, so that we can confidently soar "on wings like eagles" above the adversities we are sure to face in this life. (Isaiah 40:31)

Back here in Virginia, Dad and I have had blessings of our own. We are both healthy and have been able to get a lot accomplished while also spending some quality father-daughter time together. I'm also learning first-hand what it takes to keep a household running smoothly. The planning, the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, the relationships, etc. etc. I told Dad this morning that I definitely have a new appreciation for all of you parents, especially mothers, who make "a house a home." I now see why it can be a twenty-four hour, seven day a week job and I don't even have little ones around (although I might babysit later this week).

From Florida to Virginia, we thank you for the prayers you have spoken on our behalf as we experience the "goodness of the Lord in the land of the living".