We lit our Sabbath candles tonight with thanksgiving to God for the wonderful week we just spent in Florida. We had a window of time before Qavah's next transfusion, and Kathryn's Remicade treatment next week. So we left the Roanoke Valley last Friday morning just before the wintry weather arrived. The further south we drove; the better the weather. We had a mild week full of sunshine and blue skies. Paul took Qavah to the beach in the afternoons and the two of them hunted for shells and moved a lot of sand. Paul took me to the symphony one night, and we went to the Sunken Gardens where Kathryn took over two hundred pictures of blooms and palms.
Aunt Lil and Uncle Tony opened their home to us and had prepared their guest room just for the girls. The theme of their room was an outdoor tropical paradise. It was very welcoming with many wonderful touches of Aunt Lil's creativity that I will display in pictures soon. We needed to get away. We needed to see the girls run along the beach and put all of their medical issues aside for awhile. We had some great times together. As we drove, we listened to Randy Alcorn's book on tape called Heaven. I don't think I can put into words how precious that time was for us. It was a happy time. We'll be missing the warmth of the south as winter sets in, but tonight Paul built a big fire in the fire pit and we celebrated his birthday under the stars with s'mores and hot coffee. There is a winter-like chill in the air, but the fire and the family gathering was heart-warming.
During our vacation we had so many laughs and afternoon naps that I think we can continue on with our batteries recharged. I wish I could have taken a bunch of people with us. There are many families today needing to get away and rest from the hardships of life. I am very thankful for the rest that our vacation gave us, as well as the Sabbath rest we will be enjoying over the next twenty-four hours. We've just changed the clocks and are ready to crawl into bed. God bless your Sabbath rest.