Monday, September 20, 2010

for the 100th time

I think when our parents would tell us "for the hundredth time..." there was more to that then I give credit for. You know how you've heard something that many times, but one day, it kinda just sinks in and it is like a brand new revelation? Well, I have had one of those moments lately.
I think kids have to try some foods like 15 times before they bite and they say students sometimes have to hear something like 10 times before they learn it, and Jolenes have to hear something 100 times before it feels like new information.
What I heard was from my mother in law, Linda, who is quite a good one. The other day she spoke such a truth that really helped me have some timely perspective and comfort. I am sure you know all that has gone in our family, even such she maintains the strength enough to share these words;"God didn't promise us an easy life, but that he did say that he would be with us through it all." Hope this is your hundredth time to hear it to-maybe it'll mean something.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

perfect morning

This morning was a perfect day in MN. We had a fun morning being out and about!
We started off at our favorite duo-Brueggers Bagels and Caribou Coffee:

Did some swinging, walking, and playing at Lake Nokomis:




Grabbed some groceries at Trader Joe's, came home to eat some leftovers for lunch and now we are all going to nap. Although a play by play might seem silly, this is truly a day I want to remember. :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

thinking about heidi

Been thinking a lot about my sister in law, heidi, in the last few days. Really missing her. We buried her on Saturday and it resurfaced all the emotions that are there. It was a beautiful day, so glad for that. Now that we are back in MN, it is slowly really hitting us that she is not here. We miss her so much.
A couple verses that have helped me this week from the message version of the Bible:
"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you." -Matthew 5:3,4
As I am thinking of the loss we have experienced I am trying to keep updated by the minute on our dear friends in TX who are experiencing life--- as I type. I am so overjoyed to have just heard that the Steiners have had their two little boys. If anyone knows loss, it is them, and now they are welcoming two little ones tonight! Please pray for their boys that are doing well in the NICU right now.