Life Goes On

Life is filled with ups and downs, happy times and sad times, joys and sorrows. There are many days I wish I could call it quits, gather up my kids, exit this world and go ahead and enter our eternal home. Where we would be reunited with Greg. Where we would no longer have to experience sadness, sickness, ugliness, disappointments, tears and sorrow. Where we would live in the very Presence of our Savior. But…that’s not an option. Life goes on. And although life can be difficult, the Lord continues to be good to us. He continues to bless us, to provide for us, to protect us, and to be faithful to us. And in the midst of our pain, He continues to give us glimpses of beauty, and joy, and happiness and laughter.

Today I choose to focus on the good. I thought I’d share some of the “beauty” that He has blessed us with over the last few weeks.

In June we celebrated the marriage of my nephew, Michael and his lovely Bride Molly. Jacob was honored to be asked to be a part of the wedding!

The bride and groom at the rehearsal

The bride and groom at the rehearsal

Jacob at the rehearsal

Jacob at the rehearsal

At the rehearsal dinner

At the rehearsal dinner

Sibling love!

Sibling love!

Fun with family!

Fun with family!

Beautiful sunset in Atlanta

Beautiful sunset in Atlanta

Wedding day!  Two handsome guys!

Wedding day! Two handsome guys!

Look Mom.....no Braves cap!

Look Mom…..no Braves cap!

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Entering the reception.  Michael had chosen Chipper Jones' walk-up song to be played as Jacob came in.  Of course, Jake loved it!

Entering the reception. Michael had chosen Chipper Jones’ walk-up song to be played as Jacob came in. Of course, Jake loved it!

Mr. and Mrs!

Mr. and Mrs!

The girls and I redeemed a gift certificate that we received from a sweet family at Christmas, and enjoyed a relaxing pedicure. Christmas in June!!

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We celebrated part 1 of Emilie’s 19th birthday! Part 2 is yet to come!

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My nephew Ryan was able to come and stay with us for a week. He and Jake had a great time!

Pool time!

Pool time!

Belated birthday lunch at Steak and Shake compliments of Nana!

Belated birthday lunch at Steak and Shake compliments of Nana!

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Jacob has been blessed this year to be able to attend Winshape Camps for Boys for the first time. We are so grateful and humbled by an anonymous donor who made this possible! He left this past Sunday and will be gone for another week. I can’t wait for him to get back and tell me all about it! I have received one postcard from him and he said that he was having a great time. What a wonderful opportunity for him!

Saying goodbye.

Saying goodbye.

Look how tall he is!!

Look how tall he is!!

Ready for the time of his life!!

Ready for the time of his life!!

Sometimes the ugliness overshadows the beauty….but it’s there. We just have to have eyes and hearts to see it. Today I thank God for the beauty that’s always there and I pray that He will continue to give me the eyes and heart to see it!

The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy! Psalm 126:3

Trusting His Plan,
Sandra

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alicia Strickland
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 07:30:42

    so well said, Beautifully true. Thanks for sharing as it has been a hard week.

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  2. Amanda Owenby
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 09:23:29

    Such a blessing you are, Sandra!

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  3. Linda Sewell
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 12:38:01

    Beautiful pictures! A great reminder to look for the beauty. Praying for you and the family. It was good to visit with you Thursday.

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