Can you believe it? I am excited about going home to Missouri to be with family. While it will be bitter/sweet because of the passing of my sister in September and then my grandmother in October, it will be good that we are all together. I have been noticing the little things again. The little things that make your life nice. A year ago I would have used the word "bearable" but today "nice". I received a photo of my sister when she was pregnant with her son. It is the only one we have of her carrying Austin. She was in Missouri, in not so nice place in her life, and I was in Hawaii, also pregnant, having been newly married for about a year. I remember the day my mother called me and and said "Hello, Aunt Shelly" I didn’t get it for a few minutes that she had given birth. Then just three days later I gave birth. We both had sons. Her son saved her life. Because of him she was able to escape a terrible way of life. And then that same year she received Christ as her Savior. Two babies saving her life. One on earth and one in Heaven. You want to know something. I didn’t even realize that until I saw the picture of her yesterday. God loved her so much he gave her two gifts. That really makes me sit back and wonder how many gifts He has given me in my life time to show me His love. Even this knowledge is a gift from Him. Merry Christmas to you and remember what He has done for you!
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.