|Nathan and Beau|
Nathan's visit was prompted by his promise to come and get his dog Beau which he left with us back in September last year when his landlord informed him he could not have a dog in the house he was renting. Being tender hearted towards animals, I volunteered to take Beau in until April when Nathan would be moving to a house where he could have a pet. Little did my husband and I know that Beau, who is half Siberian Husky and half Golden Retriever, would be such a hand full. He single-handedly destroyed the screening on our porch and a few windows, chewed up numerous pairs of shoes, annihilated three throw rugs, put gouges in our wood floor by dropping his bones on the floor (as versus the carpet where he usually lays) and even chewed on a pair of my glasses. He even brought me to tears at one point when he chewed up some new socks I had just gotten. Nevertheless, we did all we could to tame the pup by taking him on walks and bribing him with treats.
As promised Nathan returned this weekend to reclaim his dog and visit with family. The sounds of babies giggling, children playing and adult conversation is always a welcome change in our daily routine. We celebrated three birthdays as well, and then, by Saturday evening, everyone started to pack up and return home. Nathan did not go until Sunday morning.
Watching him strap Beau in the cab of his truck seat and climb in to return home, brought a lump to
|Aunt Bonnie reading to the cousins and Uncle C.J. playing with the|
Time has a way of slipping away from us all too quickly, and I believe God wants us to use it according to His good pleasure and will. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven." The passage goes on to list the various times in our life, but the point of the scripture is to show the sovereignty of God who holds all things in His hands (Psalm 31:15). He knows our beginning and our end as well as all the in between. We should take comfort in knowing this.
|Our daughter Jordan with her son Gavin and Rilyn in the baptism gown Jordan wore at her baptism|
Being a parent is not an easy task but it is one of God's greatest gifts. Those hard times are now sweet memories, and we look with joy on what the Lord is doing in the lives of our children and grandchildren. God wants us to use our time wisely and to remember that He has numbered our days on this earth. Therefore, we need to invest ourselves in the relationships He gives to us that we might glorify God and enjoy Him and the gifts He gives forever. Selah!