because as of today this is happening.
And once THIS (the cabin) happens, often this (the blogging) doesn’t. But you never know – I kinda feel like there are still some words inside that might need to come out! Just not tonight!
Sending sweet dream wishes from The Cabin…..
Lynne and I met when our oldest sons were in preschool together. They are both 42 now, so you know we’ve been friends for a long while. They’ve moved a couple of times over the years, but we somehow managed to stay in touch, however loosely that may have been. When Roger retired (or mostly retired) they settled in Ludlow, VT, which just happens to be on the way to The Cabin! Since we’ve been on the road our friendship has blossomed again, as they have often come to The Cabin for an overnight or two and we have stopped to spend time with them in our comings and goings to our cabin. It’s been a lovely thing!
Late in March of this year dear Roger slipped quietly and unexpectedly into Heaven. Oh, how our hearts ached for Lynne. As we were preparing to head to the cabin in late May I asked Lynne if she was ready for company. She was hesitant at first, I think – so much seems so overwhelming right now, but she finally said yes. Come. So Gary dropped me off on our way north and I was able to spend three lovely, quiet, tearful, and maybe even a bit productive days with this dear friend and sister in Christ.
I joined her on one of her daily walks
and we found a five-legged newt!
We helped him get safely to the side of the road. (Though it’s not a very busy road and he probably would’ve made it without our assistance!)
We lingered over breakfast on the porch,
filled the house with the delicious smells of homemade soup,
attacked some crazy weeds in the garden,
did little dusting and did a little puzzle puzzling.
And finally, when the chores were done, we spent some time in her studio – the first time she’d been there since she lost Roger.
It was hard, but it was good.
We sat quietly and remembered Roger with both laughter and tears. We prayed. We talked about the days to come and the days that are gone. Her grief is great, but her hope in the LORD is greater! I was blessed and honored to spend those precious days with her.
We all miss you, Roger – but we know you are in such a better place! See you when we get there!
I know, I know — it’s been quite a while since my last post. But I offer no apology. I’m pretty sure I warned you that we were heading to the cabin, and my days were filled with cabin-y things and the ol’ computer was barely cracked open. We enjoyed time with family and friends, got started on some reunion preparations, and generally filled up on Cabin vibes. It was a very good time.
As of last night we’ve returned to our little nest at Montrose, and today we launched into a project that (we hope) will take a week or so to complete. And then we’ll be heading back to the cabin! So over the next few days I plan to do some catching up, because once I get back to The Cabin, it will be vacation-brain all over again! And I’m pretty sure I’ll be short on apologies then too!
Thanks for stopping by (and putting up with these long silences)!
We had a busy last week in Ohio – besides wrapping up work at Heartland Retreat Center there was also The Graduation of our oldest granddaughter (whoohoo), and then we had the entire gang (less one) up at the campground for a fun final day picnic. But before I get into all those pictures (oh, and there are plenty of them!) I thought I’d just let you know What’s Next for us –
This summer our main focus is our family reunion at the Cabin, scheduled for the middle of July. We’ve parked the coach at our favorite PA project – Montrose Bible Conference, where they are kindly allowing us to leave her while we traipse back and forth to Vermont. Gary has a number of pre-reunion projects in mind, so we leave tomorrow (May 26) and will be staying until June 7th or so. Then it’s back to Montrose where we’ll work for a bit to earn our keep, and then back up to the Cabin by July 1st. While it’s technically R&R (from SOWER work), I’m pretty sure it will be more Rebuilding and Reconnecting than actual Rest and Relaxation. Though I dare say there will be a nap or two happening as well! And oh-so-many family hugs!
The gang from our last reunion at The Cabin – 2012!
We’re looking forward to a great summer! The Cabin (my happy place), Family (my happy people), friends (ah, beautiful friends), and a bit of work for the LORD to round things out!