"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, March 8, 2012

heart surgery







This economy has really taken a toll on our hearts these past few years.  Living in a small town is wonderful. I can't say enough how much I love it here.  The thing is, when jobs get scarce there really is no alternative but to leave.  Many of our dearest friends have made this decision peppering our hearts with holes.  An airy heart sounds like such a pleasant thing doesn't it?  It's not.  We ache for our friends in a way that is sometimes very unpleasant.

For a little while Audrey's heart is going to feel a bit more like it's old self.  The Montana size hole is going to be full again... for a week and a half.  Mine is feeling a bit better for this visit too...  It's just that her mama didn't come and fully take care of my cavern.  Why does Montana have to be so big?  A Rhode Island sized hole would certainly not be so breezy!  Of course I'm only referring to the size of the hole... not the travel distance  for surgery.   ;)





Blessings, Debbie


20 comments:

  1. I hope you all enjoy your visit, and that it will be as if they never were separated....

    Deanna

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  2. It's lovely to catch up with old friends. I know how your heart must ache some close friends 'retired' a few hours down the coast from us and I miss them very much.

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  3. Oh so glad you have the visit...so sorry that so many of us have also had losses due to the economy, even time being spent with friends has ended for us as the women have had to support their households because their husbands lost their jobs...even here in the state where the economy is good.

    My parents served as missionaries in Montana for a year back in the 80's so that state is very dear to our family.

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  4. How wonderful for your whole family Debbie to have this visit!
    Yes, this economy does make one step in faith...daily!

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  5. I hope it's a wonderfully blessed visit!
    ~april

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  6. Oh. You had me scared there for a minute. I can only imagine the joy that is going to be bubbling up in your hearts and home for the next 10 days....making memories to patch the holes, at least for awhile!

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  7. But wouldn't a Rhode Island sized hole be a lot further away than a Montana sized hole? And so, re-fillable less often.

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  8. Life has a way of leaving holes in our hearts - sometimes it is a curious excavation - but at least we know who can fill those holes in the right time....

    And those visits will help...

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  9. So wonderfully expressed, Debbie! Having children and grandchild spread all over the nation,I need heart surgery from time to time also.

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  10. Wonderful to see these happy faces. Difficult times - stay strong xxx

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  11. What a wonderful time it will be. So glad for you!

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  12. What precious moments. I love how you put the ache into words.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  13. Love your way with words....hope it's a wonderful visit with lots of memories made

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  14. The title had me worried. I'm glad that it's not that type of heart surgery. I hope that the visit was wonderful. JB

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  15. Oh, yes. I know something about holes in the heart. With my son and his wife and their three children living most of a continent away, I have holes.
    So sad to hear that you have had many friends who have had to move away for work. It is so very hard--the partings.
    I often think of the line in the old hymn about heaven..."where separations come no more." Oh what a glorious day that will be!
    In the meantime, I rejoice with your family that you get a chance to reconnect with a dear friend! (Maybe the mama can come next time?) I can just imagine you staying up till all hours of the night, talking and laughing and catching up! Fun!

    (Again, you have caused me to laugh out loud as I read your comment. "God bless Bekah" just sent me into giggles!)

    {{Hugs across the continent, sweet friend...}}

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  16. P.S. I forgot to answer your question!
    Ron is not a cabinet maker by trade. It is his hobby. In general, he is a do-it-yourselfer. So early in our marriage when we had NO money, he began to create furniture and small decorative items to fill our house. Who needs diamonds or fancy cars or flowers when you have a man who can build furniture? :D

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  17. Savoring the time together is so important. We've had holes too - leaving friends and family and an area of the country that we knew most our lives...very difficult...yet, we're feeling blessed now (took awhile to recognize some of that because I was so homesick). We've also been on the other side of the coin...being the ones who had to say goodbye to friends who moved away. I truly don't know which is harder. Glad and thankful to the Lord that he is teaching me daily that this is not our home...we're on a pilgrimage.

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  18. The title scared me I know holes my girls live a distance away and I never seem to hear or see they enough. My oldest just applied to a job farther away and she is excited at the prospect of moving. I behind the big smile for her is feeling the hole in my heart growing already.
    HUGS HUGS B

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  19. I was scared when I read the title. But now I know what it means, and I also know how it feels. I hate it when people leave. Some who have left have come back, but never to the neighborhood. That is still a hole - driving twenty minutes north to see a friend shouldn't seem like such a journey. But the neighborhood - our home town. It's the passing on the sidewalk and the seeing each other at church that makes my world.

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