(my wedding | 2005)
Beth Moore talk about how anguish and joy can coexist (James 1:2). That's exactly how I felt when my dad died. I was in anguish, yet joyful that he was no longer in pain, but in heaven with our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. She also talked about how anguish and joy can trade places. When my Grandma died in 2009, anguish and joy traded places as my daughter was born 6 months later. The same thing happened when my son was born 3 months after my dad died. Another of her points was that anguish is meant to lead to a birth (John 16:20-22). "If you will trust God with your anguish it will birth something precious to you." I'm trusting God and will continue to. Even if I never understand why my dad had to go while I was only 25 and miss so much of his children's and grandchildren's lives, I KNOW God has a plan and a purpose and it's perfect and I trust Him.
I didn't have all the pictures I wanted on my computer, so I may update this again when I get my hands on some more...
2008 (added 3 grandchildren since then)
with my older brother and sister | 1983
with my daughter | 2009