Sunday, November 8, 2009

one year...

a year ago today:

i drove a moving truck with all our worldly possessions across the u.s. border into canada. realizing that i would have walked across the border with our kids to get to him.

i hugged my mom as she sobbed and held on so tight but then...for the first time let me go.

i could see the huge concern in my dad's eyes but i also saw the pride he had for me mixed in with his tears.

my children cried with joy and smothered their dad, something that would continue for 3 months.

all the other things i ached for just didn't compare to the ache i had without him.

we held each other so tight. we cried...and cried...and cried.

we chose each other.

“In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.” ~Hans Nouwens

1 Corinthians 13 (The Message Bible)

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.


Dave/Deb Mom/Dad Nana/Papa said...

And I sob again this morning...not with fear or the overwhelming need to have you right close to me, but rather with complete joy. We are so thankful that you chose Erik honey. That you chose YOUR FAMILY! That was the greatest gift you ever gave. The sacrifices have been huge for you, but I know the rewards have been bigger. We are so proud of you " our girl Cher". We love you with all our hearts...forever. Mom and Dad

Anonymous said...

These blogs need to come with a kleenex warning, have them handy or drip snot and tears all over the desk! Another amazing blog, an amazing year behind and an even greater year ahead. I love you all.Auntie Lin

Janice said...

Grace is abundant! God always blesses the choice to glorify him and allow him to be GOD! Blessings!