Thursday, November 15, 2012

Clifford the Big Red Hug

 Before Courtney left, we asked Sophia to pick out a stuffed animal from her Stuffed Animal Zoo that she could hug when she was missing Courtney. 
I rounded the corner into her room to put away laundry the other weekend, only to find her standing in the middle of her room hugging Clifford in a tight squeeze.  Talk about heart break.  She has had her as her sister since before she was 2.  She only knows her as her sister.  She misses her greatly.  She knows why in a child’s sense that we needed to do this for Courtney and us.   
She asks when she’ll get to see her again. She talks of her daily.
She was playing on the ipad the other morning while I showered and when I checked on her, she was pouting then started to cry.  She’d gone to photos, found a picture of Courtney and was just staring at her.  Again, she asked when she’d see her.  I said – let’s take a picture of Courtney and put it on your bulletin board so you can see her and pray for her when you miss her.
Tough moments….and I know they aren’t over.
Winnie the Pooh says it best “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
 Courtney is in our hearts.  But we will be together again! Until then we'll keep hugging Clifford.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hanging On

Hanging On
Hanging on like the last leaves of fall.
Clinging to my branches of faith.
Knowing God has plan for us all.
Working to let my worries fall.
Working to release and trust.
Knowing God has a plan for us all. 

Questioning my heart as I feel it fall.
Learning to listen to God.
Knowing God has a plan for us all.

Praying to grow from this season of fall.
Hoping  for restoration to unfold.
Knowing God has a plan for us all.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.     Psalm 1:3

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