To our Friends scattered here and there,
So here I am on this beautiful first day of spring.. My thoughts are running in all different directions.. Today one of the girls that Em and I took out West is saying “I do”.. So here comes another interesting experience.. It is an honor to be invited to an Old Order wedding..( I’m still trying to convince Emily of this :)..) She is pretty sure she’s not feeling great this morn..:/ Something about a bug.. Like ” bah-hum-bug”..LOL.. poor kid..
My mind is still very much processing what happened in our congregation last week.. A little eleven month old girl died from a bath tub accident.. Really really sad.. I found a poem that Amos’s family sent us after his passing and I think it is incredibly profound.. * the next pictures are from my Guatemala experience..
The Lamb carried on Before -author unknown
An Eastern Shepherd led his sheep toward the river’s bank,
But when they saw the stream was broad, their hearts with fear did sink.
And though the shepherd went across in view of all the sheep,
They did not dare to follow him, and ford the waters deep..
And so he took a little lamb, right from it’s mother’s side,
He clasped it in his shelt’ring arms, and with it crossed the tide.
The mother, missing what she loved, was eager now to gain
The distant shore, that she might find her precious lamb again.
She quickly made her way across, and soon the stream she passed,
And other sheep soon followed her, til all had crossed at last.
She found the lamb which she had lost, within the shepherd’s care,
And he had used her little one, in leading many there.
Oh mother, had your little lamb been carried on before?
The shepherd wants to have you, too, upon the farther shore.
And so he clasped your treasured on upon his sheltering breast,
That you might come and seek it there, and find Him in your rest..
Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd he shall gather the lambs with his arms, and carry them with his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young..
We made a quick trip to Maryland and Father took the traditional trip down memory’s lane and took us the scenic route.. So I guess the boyfriend has been properly initiated to sailing over the amazing hilly roads found only near the Mason/Dixon in a minivan.. We stopped by Dam 5 which was built in the 1830s and viewed part of the C&O canal.. Very educational.. Thanks to Em and Deb for keeping the home fires burning..
Meet my cousin Marj and her children.. I was completely tickled at her 4 yr old and his cousin standing on top of the deep freezer, singing at the top of their lungs and “drumming” with campfire forks.. I love children with personality! 🙂
To the person that told me that the March weather should “Be like a lamb”.. The only thing I’m seeing that reminds me of a lamb is the fact the countryside is white as lamb’s wool part of the time.. More snow March 17.. Unbelievable!