Being that this is a Thanksgiving post, I'm thankful, first and foremost, that my Lord is a God of comfort. I don't think I've ever expressed that before, but this year that was the way in which I needed Him the most.
Because of the LORD'S great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Thank you Lord, for sustaining me through this difficult year. Thank you for allowing me to find some measure of joy and happiness each every day, no matter how small or mundane, which I hold onto like a life preserver when the grief and sadness crowds its way back in. My life and my heart will never be exactly the way it was, but I can still sing:
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.
Horatio Spafford, 1873
I'm also thankful for my beautiful, loud, chaotic, loving, boisterous, loud, enthusiastic, fun family. Did I forget to say LOUD? I'm so blessed.
Ian (8.5), Colin (5), Hero (13), Elle (2), Cecily (3.5), Allegra (10.5) on Thanksgiving Day, prior to heading over for dinner at the in-laws
In the interest of making sure that I'm in family photos, even though I despise photographs of my self, here's a picture of the kids and I. Ian has a "thing" about family pictures. He always seems to develop an insta-attitude. That's why his pictures are so lovely.
This was attempt number two. A no go, as you can see. I think Elinor was physically knocked off the piano bench there. And Mr. Photogenic Ian is missing from the picture.
This picture was even harder for me to include, but there you go. A rare photo of James and I. We were quite coordinated, if I do say so myself. The skirt and top were my mom's, so it was nice to have her "near" in that small sense.
We are the Merry Band of Fife.
The crazy bandleaders (otherwise known as Mom and Dad) are Melissa and James and the loyal followers are Hero, Allegra, Ian, Colin, Cecily, Elinor and Graeme. Join us as we practice living life to the leading of the Ultimate Maestro as we pursue His calling to ministry at the Hospital of Hope in Togo, West Africa.