The Lord Takes, and the Lord Gives

So, Alan and I got left behind when Joel and Stephen moved out this past week, but thankfully, where the Lord closed one door, he opened another! Joel left Sunday, Stephen left Monday, but on Wednesday, Dan and Brianna came over!So, I want to share a bit about what’s been going on with them. After 2 years ofpractice in Battle Creek, Daniel took a job here in GR, where they already owneda home. Now they can live in their own house and be closer to family…a greatjoy for all of us, since Brianna’s large and happy family is also based in GR. Crews from both sides helped scrub up after the renters left and joined forces to help with the move. Alan even stopped by at lunch to see the progress since their house is very close to his office! How fun is that?! 🙂 By the time the moving vanpulled into their driveway, we were all ready for them, and while the young people helped move all their furnishing into place, Brianna’s mom (Shelly) and I stopped to pray for the Lord to fill their home with children too. Daniel and Brianna love children and are so good with them. They’d be such great parents!Wednesday was Daniel’s first day of seeing patients, and they stopped by for dinner afterwards. It was just too fun to get to be hearing “all about it” again!Also, my good friends Susan and Cindi came over to cheer me up on Wednesday.The Lord is so merciful! I think I’m going to live, and I hope the same for any of you who are feeling the pangs of loss from having your children grow up.

“You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth” (Psalm 86:15).

5 thoughts on “The Lord Takes, and the Lord Gives

  1. Aww! I love this post! Yes, I am feeling the loss of watching kids grow up and leave the nest. Even though I still have 5 at home, I know in the blink of an eye, they will be gone, living their own lives. What a nice surprise to hear that Dan and Brianna are moving back to GR!!! I will join you in praying for little ones to fill their arms. I love your blog.

    1. Thanks, Laurie, for your encouragement and for your prayers! You have such a beautiful family filling up pretty much a whole pew at church! And, ya…it seems like just yesterday that was us, so I know it won’t seem long before you’re like Alan and me, looking like an older couple with no kids! Or…maybe you’ll be like the Venemas and Rogers, and still filling up more than one pew with all the grand babies! 🙂

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