The last few weeks leading up to our departure, the Lord blessed us with sweet moments with some very dear friends.
From the beginning of September up until the day before we left, dear friends and neighbors streamed through our house to bless us with gifts, kind words, a helping hand…we hadn’t even left and were already missing them!
Several nights we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning, just visiting and sharing.
We had invitations to dinner almost every night.
Some large gatherings, and some very intimate and simple.
The conversation was so encouraging -some sobering and difficult.
The most wonderful was seeing those who had been faithfully pursuing the Lord and how He was working through them and now their children! Truly, the blessing of the Lord makes rich, and He ads no sorrow with it. Prov.10:22
To top it all off, one family threw us a going away party at the park in Latah.
Friends and neighbors old and new showed up
to bless our family with parting gifts, advice, encouragement and precious memories.
We played and ate and talked and cried…
… until we couldn’t see anything and were freezing!
A day we will always treasure!
Seeing all of those joyful, and yet sad, faces reminded me how much my life and my children’s lives had been shaped by each of them.
There were those who took our family under their wings and showed us what it means to be a friend.
They were with us when Bethany died, stood by us while we cared for our cousins, witnessed my husband’s and firstborn’s baptisms, we worked together, ate together, prayed together and grew together.
There were those who I walked through pregnancy and childbirth with and those who walked with me.
I was overwhelmed by the memories and very dear friendships the Lord brought about through these precious people, and couldn’t help but be humbled by how much we had been challenged and strengthened over the years. We felt very loved and were so grateful for the chance to say thank you.