He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress and for his children it will be a refuge.
Proverbs 14:26

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Day 365

August 14, 2017

Again, cheating a little on the day here, but at this point, who cares!  Our last week in Georgia was spent dorm room shopping and doing all the prep to move Abbey in to her gap year program at Impact 360.  

And just like that it was done...

All moved in and the rest of us on the plane back to Jordan the next day.  Time truly does fly!  Especially now as I sit here almost a year later and realize that I am about to start this "year of lasts" again with Maddie.  My heart can't take it!  But then again, maybe it can.  God gives grace for each day and just when the goodbyes seem like they are too much to take, it's time to say hello again. 

Psalm 138:8 "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me" has been my theme this year as I have to let go of more and more and trust that the Lord has it in His hands and will do the things in His timing.  Hard lesson for a mom that seems to get harder instead of easier as the years go on.  But as the life lessons get harder and become possibly more complicated God's grace seems to be abound more and more and for that I am thankful.  

My prayer for all my girls this past year has been Psalm 119:30-32 "I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.  I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame.  I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free."  So thankful for the way He is working this out in each of their lives individually and will continue to do so even when they are not in my nest any longer.  Thankfully, with a 7 and 12 year old still at home- that's gonna be awhile!   

Day 364

August 13, 2017

So jump ahead a few weeks and we got to spend yet another week at the beach with Jason's side of the family.  It was kind of the sister's last hoorah together before we put Maddie on a plane back to Jordan to start school.  

It was a glorious week at the beach...

...followed by the hardest goodbye yet.  Have I mentioned how much I HATE goodbyes?  So much, in fact, we don't do them anymore...  We do "see you later"  A little easier to take (though not much easier!).  

Maddie made this collage for Abbey for her dorm room.  

Love these girls to pieces.   Jason said on his instagram post that I was laughing in the picture.  He lied...

Day 363

August 12, 2017

Headed back to Memphis for our last few days there of the summer.  Enjoyed plenty of cousin time.

Car washing- always a great way to beat the Memphis summer heat!

Trampolines not so much as far as beating the heat, but still fun...

Time rolls around for goodbyes all to soon, but I love, love, love that all four of my girls know what a treasure my Memory is.  Time is always always too short!

Day 362

August 11, 2017

So as the writer of this blog, I guess it's my prerogative to be almost a year behind in the posting of a picture a day during Abbey's last year at home... Somehow seems fitting.  Strangely, I actually thought I finished this.  I had all the pictures chosen and then I got a text from Abbey a few months ago saying something very dramatic about feeling robbed that this little blog project never got finished...  And now here we are months later and still not finished.  AND somehow I have managed to lose the pics that I was going to post for those last 4 days.  

But at the end of the day, it works out better...  Cuz now I can pick the pics I want from our last weeks together for these last 4 days even if they didn't fall exactly on those 4 days.  Still pics of her last days at home- and the start date of this crazy thing was kind of arbitrarily chosen anyway!  

Spent a long weekend in Clinton visiting friends and enjoyed a morning with Maddie antique shopping... (this was the last day that I actually had the right picture for I think!)