Though we would like to drop anchor and stay planted to the date that Elyse went to Heaven, we know that life moves on. I think that the Lord made the sun to set and rise each day without fail to help us move beyond our mistakes, accomplishments and grief.
There isn't a moment that we don't think of Elyse, but we are trying to work through it so that our lives are not paralyzed by it. The hope we have in Christ picks us up and gently pushes us forward. The truth we have in Christ that we have life after death in heaven with a loving creator is a great comfort.
I hope you all enjoy the new photos of Faith and Erin. They are growing up so fast that it seems that time might just pass us by if we don't make time to notice the wonderful people in our lives. Susan wrote about our beach trip in a previous post and so we included pictures of that day. We had many thoughts of Elyse as we stared out into the crashing waves. We hoped to go to the beach all together when Elyse got better, but we will have to wait a little while till we can fulfill that dream. This is a reminder to everyone reading this post that we don't know what tomorrow holds. So please live each day to the fullest, without regrets, loving each other instead of fighting over petty issues. I hope you can see your prayers bearing fruit to see us still smiling and enjoying life with Faith and Erin.
The new pictures are in the side bar. Your comments are always nice to see on Elyse's blog. Thank you all. We will leave you for now with the words of this Hymn by Karolina W. SandellBerg, 1865
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.
Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.