Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Bittersweet Week

"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:...
...A time to weep,
And a time to laugh; 
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance..."
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4

In less than seven days, I rejoiced for a happy couple, mourned for a beloved family member, and celebrated my birthday.  

The daughter of a very dear friend of mine was married on Saturday and began a grand adventure with her new husband.  Weddings are always beautiful.  My big girl has gotten old enough to actually sit through them, so that's fun.  I brought her along as my date :)


How cute is she?  My Miss Priss had to sit closest to the aisle so she could see the bride. 

I am totally a jeans, t-shirt, and flip flops kinda girl.  These shoes happen hardly ever.  My girl’s shoes were so much cuter, though.  I love the sparkles...especially on her.


Later, we had a family cookout which is one of my favorite things.  I love everyone getting together and catching up.  We had a surprise visit from a special cousin who is currently in the Navy, and my sister was home from college.


I love her so much.  I feel complete when she's home.  She loves this munchkin.  And together, they're hilarious.  They both have that “let’s get into something” gleam in their eyes. ;)

Speaking of getting into something...


Dirt. She managed to find more this week.  And I do think this is the dirtiest I’ve seen her in a while.  Do you remember Charlie Brown?  He had this little friend, "Pig-Pen"...but I will move on...to yet another side of my lively girl.

This is what happens when she’s cranky, and Daddy leaves us sitting in the truck while he grabs a movie. It’s a little nonsensical to me.  Seriously, who can cry with a chocolate cookie crumble frappuccino in her lap??!!


Certainly not this girl...


Someone took my parking spot in the driveway this week.  I shall not name names...


Someone else decided to draw our family with chalk.  So cute.  Until the munchkin smudged the big girl’s nose and made her cry because it looked like a "big blob."  Daddy came to the rescue, and peace was restored to the tiny stick figure kingdom.


I celebrated another birthday this week, and I thank the Lord for another blessed year.  It was a bittersweet birthday.  My great aunt, my grandma’s sister, passed away and was buried on my birthday.  She was loved by everyone, and she loved everyone.  She loved the Lord the most, and it showed throughout her shining life.  We know that grandma and my aunt are reunited.  They are rejoicing in a gloriousness that we still here on earth cannot begin to imagine. 


"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

My great aunt was celebrating her eternal life in heaven while we celebrated her human life here.  

My husband kept the girls while my mom and I went to the funeral.  They worked on this dessert for me and had it waiting, with candles lit, when I came home.  My sweet girl made me a card :)


My mom gave me this amazingness that adorns my nightstand.  cutest. nightlight. ever. 


My best friend (who lives entirely too far away) sent me this and made my day :)


I would definitely go for 26...and if you read one of my earlier posts about turning 33ish, just ignore this ;)


I am beyond thankful for another year with family and friends and loved ones.  My great aunt's funeral was filled with people whose lives she had touched as a servant of Christ.  I was thinking about that and the impact we can make in the lives of others.  

May we all be able to say: 

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 
~ 2 Timothy 4: 7 & 8

I hope you had a blessed week!
Amanda

life rearranged

3 comments:

  1. Beautifully written as Always!
    And I know if Gramms and Aunt Sue could read it they would Love it too!
    I know Mama, Granddaddy and Grandma were waiting there with open arms to welcome her home.
    Love you!

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  2. ......and I cried again.....your writings really touch my heart and soul... Love you.

    Auntie Mel

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  3. super cute instagrams! LOL i'm so jealous that a kid can totally get away with hot pink tutus and hello kitty shoes at a wedding!

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