missing you

It’s Sunday. One of my favorite seven days of the week. The day that it seems perfectly acceptable to rest. Even just for a quick nap, or early bedtime, a lounge on the couch or a late wake up. 

I’m a bit under the weather. Rest has been prescribed along with a handful of meds and my own dosing of essential oils. 

My husband has checked in with me from church, sending me love and well wishes. I’ll miss him playing music today, and we are both sorry of that. 

I’ve puttered around the house a while, had my coffee and tended the dogs. It’s quiet. So quiet. I started the laundry to do a light chore to feel productive. I rest better that way.  There’s only a scant load, but the tempo of the  swishing water adds texture to the quiet of the house. 

I’m settling up under a quilt getting ready to watch  How to Make an American Quilt. It’s been ages since I’ve seen it. 

The movie starts and it begins with a scene of quilting prep. With a heartbreaking pang, I miss my Nannie. 

I give myself a rare treat. 

I open my Nannie’s hope chest. It was stationed at the foot of her bed for as long as I can remember. Full of extra bars of soap and blankets. Her journals are in it now. I haven’t read them. I am satisfied to catch a few words here and there. I quickly fan the pages of one of them to catch a scent of her home. I just as quickly shut the chest, hoping to retain her scent as long as possible. 

It’s enough. 

Love you more. 

beloved

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night

And you tell me that you’re pleased

And that I’m never alone

You’re a good good father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide

But I know we’re all searching

For answers only you provide

‘Cause you know just what we need

Before we say a word

You’re a good good father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Because you are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways

You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Oh, it’s love so undeniable

I, I can hardly speak

Peace so unexplainable

I, I can hardly think

As you call me deeper still

As you call me deeper still

As you call me deeper still

Into love, love, love

You’re a good good father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

You’re a good good father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

You’re a good good father

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

You’re a good good father

You are perfect in all of your ways

It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are

And I’m loved by you

You are perfect in all of your ways

It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Songwriters: Anthony Brown / Joseph Patrick Martin Barrett, Chris Tomlin 

you love me so

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=shTQ5UTbfsM
Taking time to listen. He loves me so. 
“Up To The Mountain (MLK Song)”
I went up to the mountain

Because you asked me to

Up over the clouds

To where the sky was blue

I could see all around me

Everywhere

I could see all around me

Everywhere
Sometimes I feel like

I’ve never been nothing but tired

And I’ll be walking

Till the day I expire

Sometimes I lay down

No more can I do

But then I go on again

Because you ask me to
Some days I look down

Afraid I will fall

And though the sun shines

I see nothing at all

Then I hear your sweet voice, oh

Oh, come and then go, come and then go

Telling me softly

You love me so
The peaceful valley

Just over the mountain

The peaceful valley

Few come to know

I may never get there

Ever in this lifetime

But sooner or later

It’s there I will go

Sooner or later

It’s there I will go

give us faith so we’ll be SAFE

“The Prayer”(featuring Josh Groban and Charlotte Church)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zCzLU8gnWAQ 

I pray you’ll be our eyes

And watch us where we go

And help us to be wise

In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer

As we go our way

Lead us to a place

Guide us with your Grace

To a place where we’ll be safe
La luce che tu dai

I pray we’ll find your light

Nel cuore restera

And hold it in our hearts

A ricordarci che

When stars go out each night

L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera

Let this be our prayer

Quanta fede c’e

When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place

Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe.
Sogniamo un mondo senza piu violenza

Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza

Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino

Simbolo di pace e di fraternita
La forza che ci dai

We ask that life be kind

E’il desiderio che

And watch us from above

Ognuno trovi amore

We hope each soul will find

Intorno e dentro a se

Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer

Let this be our prayer

Just like every child

Just like every child
Needs to find a place,

Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe
E la fede che

Hai acceso in noi

Sento che ci salvera

Call it GRACE

Loving this. It isn’t crazy or foolish to look on the bright side. It’s just an understanding of grace. 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qPVLXDuHpj4 

Unspoken-Call It Grace

It’s the light that pierces through youTo the darkest hidden place

It knows your deepest secrets

But it never looks away

It’s the gentle hand that pulls you

From the judgment of the crowd

When you stand before them guilty

And you’ve got no way out
(chorus)

Some may call it foolish and impossible

But for every heart it rescues it’s a miracle

It’s nothing less than scandalous

This love that took our place

Just call it what it is

Call it grace

Call it grace
It’s the breath that’s breathing new life

Into what we thought was dead

It’s the favor that takes orphans

Placing crowns upon their heads

It’s the hope for our tomorrows

The rock on which we stand

It’s a strong and mighty fortress

Even hell can’t stand against
(chorus)

Some may call it foolish and impossible

But for every heart it rescues it’s a miracle

It’s nothing less than scandalous

This love that took our place

Just call it what it is

Call it grace

Call it grace

Call it grace
Amazing, Unshaking

This is grace, this is grace

Unchanging, Unfailing

This is grace, this is grace
(chorus)

Some may call it foolish and impossible

But for every heart it rescues it’s a miracle

It’s nothing less than scandalous

This love that took our place

Just call it what it is

Call it grace

The Facebook Marriage Photo Challenge. Keeping it REALĀ 

Some days we are a glittery wedding cake and some days we are a busted can of biscuits. Right now we are more like a pretty anniversary cake that slid a little on the way to the party. I love seeing everyone’s pictures because it’s a great reminder that they know exactly what it takes to be smiling and together at the end of the day ~Meg Webber, author

Love is a condition in which the happiness of another is essential to your own. ~Robert Heinlen, author 

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