Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

We started off the weekend with a trip to Mawmaw's house. The kids played outside and sat in the swing with Mawmaw.
Bethany was able to do one of her most favorite things, she rode Aunt Lin's miniature horse. The horse was startled by a mower but it didn't even faze Bethany. She went right on riding. I eventually had to make her get off. Joseph didn't want to ride, he was a little scared.

Look what a happy girl...
On Sunday we took a hayride around Joe's hometown. No one guessed it right. The ones who did, already knew the answer. Thanks for trying.
Our first stop off the hayride was to have a picnic lunch.
After much coaxing and help from Pawpaw and Uncle Mark, Joseph finally came down the steep slide.

...and followed by Joseph's dramatically fearful cautious descent, was Bethany's equally dramatically frustrating slide down. Kristen had to help her down.

And of course, after all that there was no stopping the fun.

Up and down, up and down, Slide + Cousins = A Good Ole Time

Some people just never grow up...
Then we remembered...

Psalm 26-31
May your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn— for he has done it.
As we walked it was bit saddening, I saw bittersweet looks on both Mawmaw's faces. Both joyous memories and the loss of stolen time, people they loved taken all too soon. The harsh reality of this world is undeniable, this world is not our home. We are not guaranteed any certain number of years down here, none of us. But we are promised eternal life.

Each day is a blessing, a gift from God. It is good to remember.

But then I saw this,

our future...

so innocent,
so full of hope...

...and I had to smile.

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