Wednesday, October 13, 2010

contentment attempts

we got to visit autumn. a little vacation through the seasons.

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up to minnesota to see so much lovely family. this is where i grew up, where jason and i fell in love, married and started out together. and it is strange coming home to a place so familiar with little ones on your arms that you hadn't dreamed of when you left.

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just strange.

we did the airport thing, several times:

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got a layover in detroit so we got to see Bri and the boys! it was just the coolest thing.

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i know it's blurry- but i can't stand the cuteness of the pose back there.

and then we arrived. we threw leaves around, walked, talked, gained about 15 pounds, and passed out at the end of each day.

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the best and coolest grandma EVER.

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these longings are so hard to place. i want so many things and get confused about which are things to fight for and which will only be satisfied in heaven. and i'm wondering today what to strive to change. there are so many relationships that i want MORE of. but so many live so far. i suppose i once again need to content myself with the reality of His reign and wisdom. He is in control of my hours and days. and i will strive to make myself available in the midst of each moment-- in the middle of my longings for things He has not given. He will comfort and provide. He said He would. and He has so many times.

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glad to be home and digging in again where He has planted us. so many good things here. so many in other places. we are richly blessed.

6 comments:

erica said...

such pretty pictures. i loved what you said about little ones you didn't know about when you left were coming back with you. so weird. and so cool to see those little ones in my familiar places too. sweet sweet ones.

also...were ezra and samuel dancing to kung fu fighting, was he doing some kind of attack?

Allie P said...

You know, one of our biggest factors in our decision to move from CA, was centered on the fact that this life is just too short to not have the influence of family on our children as they grow up. And I went through 4 years of being so FAR from family with my little kids growing up not knowing them very well. It was hard. I know how hard it is to leave again to come back "home." You're surely going through some withdrawal now. It's so hard. Makes every moment one to treasure doesn't it? Bittersweet. =)

seriousbethy said...

You know who else is blessed Jo? Us. Those of us here who get to share life with you as you raise those babies and who have the joy of being ministered to by you and Jason (not often enough) through your music. So while my heart aches for you being absent from so many you love, I thank God for all he gave to Greenville when he planted you here.

joanna said...

allie-- we will have to talk about this-- because jason and i have talked about the value of living by family so many times. i want it so badly!

and beth you're so kind. thank you. i AM so blessed to be here. and God has given such a bounty of gifts here in Greenville. so many dear friendships. thank you for yours.

Allie P said...

YES I agree with Beth too...and that is why it is so bitter sweet. For both ends.

Briana said...

What great great pictures! Love the one of Mindy in the leaves, and of Samuel on the Robbinsdale Dr. And, of course the boys playing, and the one of us! and, what a great great pic of Grandma. She's so beautiful. Thanks for loving us so much. Love ya back.