This is the tip of the iceberg! Before moving I separated all my children's photos and gave them to each of them. These albums and several boxes still remain in my possession.
Pictures from long ago with a special cousin.
To this #1 grand fifteen years ago
Vacations, holidays, births, deaths, marriages, ballgames, adventures, special family and friends, momentous occasions, and the day to day of life---I looked at each and every one of them. It was a wonderful trip down memory lane.
Through the peaks and the valleys, I have had a blessed and joy filled life. Somehow I had let my grief cast a shadow on all the good--all the joy--the eternal presence of God in my life---every step of the way. I had lost my sense of perspective of the truth- What a wonderful life I have had. As The Word promises-
Why then--would I not
think know He has more joy, more blessings, more evidence of His presence in the years to come? How could I have possibly thought my life was dwindling away in the fog bank of "If Only"? Looking through the pictures of the last few years--I realize--I still have joy--I still am blessed--HE IS STILL WITH ME. Perhaps I have grown to know the greatest certainty of His presence in the hardest of times.
The Same God who has loved me for the first 59 years--has loved me the last 8 years. My hope is built on nothing less.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
By the way--I NEVER found the picture I was looking for--wonder WHO sent me on the wild goose chase---Smiles!