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How I spent my Sunday afternoon…

on November 1, 2005
You have to start with raking…

 Up a tree…

Jumping in leaves…

Laughing so hard it hurt…

Being buried up to your eyeballs.

Sunday afternoon, after church, after naps, we rallied the troops to go
and take some leaf pictures.  It was the perfect fall day.  A
day made in heaven and donated to us down here for a taste…

We went over to the edge of one of the trails in this great little
city, surrounded by trees, and made a giant leaf pile.  Keyzia has
been asking if we can make a giant leaf pile and then “jump in it like
maniacs” ever since the first leaf turned yellow on the trees. 
They had a blast.  We laughed so hard that our sides hurt. 
We raked the pile up about 30 times, just so we could destroy it again.

After we got tired of the jumping, we went for a walk up the trail and
down by the river.  Right smack dab in the middle of the city we
found this…

A little oasis that we could call our own for the moment…  The
sun was just going down, and us country folks who have been
transplanted to the city could feel like we were back in the country

We had had a very trying weekend up until this point.  It just
amazes me how God chose that moment, that afternoon, to show me the
love of my family.  The love and togetherness that we could
have.  The joy we could take from it in that moment.  Sure,
we have hard times, we have fights, we even can't stand to look at each
other some days.  But, it was an afternoon like this, with the sun
glowing beyond my husband and my son, with my daughter's small hand
clutched in my own, it was then that none of it mattered.  God is
faithful.  He will sustain me.  And sometimes it will be
through little glimpses of heaven like this one.


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