Monday, December 27, 2010

Last day on the home front...

It has been over a month since my last post and here I am, sitting on my sister's bed with Nikki's dog, Gracie and our dog, Tex. It actually snowed (well... to all of you who are used to snow, technically flurries) in Jacksonville, FL yesterday. So bizarre! I've spent the last 2 weeks here, sitting by the ocean, meeting up with friends, and grieving with my family. For my last day, I plan on taking Miss Gracie to the beach and let her play in the water while I take in what's happened over the past few weeks. This year's Christmas was difficult to deal with. There were a lot of tears (for sure) but I was amazed and humbled to see so many friends reaching out to me and my family. As Sara Groves has said, "It's been a hard year but I'm climbing out of the rubble." 2010 was an extremely frustrating and challenging year but I will say that through the tougher times, I have never felt so cared for and loved by the people around me and ultimately, from my Savior, Jesus Christ, who took my pain on Himself and drastically changed my heart. He is the true Hero in this story. He is the only One that can rewrite my tragedy. AND HE IS.
Thank you for reading. Sometimes I wonder if anyone ever really has the time to look at the thoughts I put down online. It is such an encouragement to me to know that my grief may help any of you each day.
Many blessings as we remember the real reason for this season.
T-minus 10 days until I head out to Ethiopia!

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