Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. ~Romans 12:15
Our family has certainly been on a roller coaster of emotions these past two weeks. Having my mother pass away is definitely a reason to be in mourning, but we can also rejoice in knowing she lived a good, long and healthy life, and is now at peace with the Lord.
And yes, for a time, Danny and I both mourned over our inability to visit with our grandchildren this summer, especially during the week of Virginia's and Alexandra's birthdays, but we can celebrate and rejoice in these photos my daughter, Sarah, sends to us.
Virginia's birthday is July 21st, and she turns eleven! I can hardly believe it! Where has the time gone?
She's especially thrilled when she opens the package from her Gammie and Papa. As many of you know, Virginia is mesmerized by all things space, and this Blisslights Sky Lite, an RGB LED laser star projector fits the bill.
What a star-studded show! Both in the light,
and in the dark.
Now, Virginia can easily imagine she is a real astronaut exploring space.
Alexandra's birthday is July 23rd, and turns six-years-old. Isn't she so intent on opening her gifts?
And although her present from us is much more down-to-earth than Virginia's, practical even, it's exactly what Alexandra asked for:
A Paw Patrol backpack, lunch box, pencils pouch, and water bottle. I'd say she is all set to launch into first grade this year.
But wait, there's more! Though this little guy isn't a birthday gift per se, Finn is adopted by the family this past week. All three girls are reveling in their new friend. The pup is, fortunately, a Shih-tzu, so shouldn't grow too big to be a handful for them. Isn't this face too adorable?
I foresee many fun and frolicking days ahead for Finn and his family!
So, friends, even in our times of trials and troubles, heartaches and sorrows, we can lean upon the Lord, knowing that this, too, shall pass, and times of happiness and joy will return. Jesus walks faithfully with us through all our seasons of life, and that is something in which we can rejoice each and every day.
My mother would have turned 93 on Wednesday, July 28th. Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mom!