the end is near/here

Where has the time gone?

It has truly flown by. I can’t believe it. God is so good. It is interesting to me that each time I am faced with a Brian’s huge absence, I think we won’t make it. We were on the calendar page of October, I was flipping through the calendar to mark his return date, it wasn’t there. I had to wait to get a new calendar before I could mark it.

And now, here we are. First, we were in the month of his arrival. Now, we are in the WEEK of his arrival. I just received a text that he is on his way to the airport. So, now, he is in route!! (Delayed several times, now.)

I wish I could personally thank all of you for praying for us. God has brought a change in my heart these last few months. He has done an amazing work in my husband, as well. I cannot wait to see it. I hope God will allow me to share our story, one day.

In the meantime, we have big plans. We rented a house in the north Georgia mountains. Can you say, “VACATION?!” We have gone to the beach as a family when it was just Kate and Isabel. We’ve gone on camping trips. But, this is going to be amazing. Our family needs rejuvenating. This will be perfect.

You know, lots of preparation goes into these homecomings. Each time, I say I’m not going to do anything “extra”, but each time, I end of doing something! I had originally planned to have a teen girl come spend the night Wednesday then clean Thursday. Because of the ice, my regular Tuesday teen girl rescheduled for Thursday. So, thanks to their awesomeness, my house was clean when I left for my hair appointment yesterday afternoon. I was even blessed to do a little shopping, and have my nails done. Upon my return home, I was pleasantly surprised to find all the laundry folded, all the girls ready for bed, and so many more extra things done around the house. It was such a blessing to see all the work they went into helping me get everything ready for Brian’s homecoming! What a sweet servant’s heart displayed in both these girls. They even handled several mommy sized disasters during my absence.

I think that is the epitome of homeschooling success. These girls knew exactly what to do. They handled themselves with such maturity. I am so proud of them. They blessed their mothers by putting into practice what their moms have been teaching them. It is such a blessing to have girls like these for my girls to look up to. I am thankful to be a part of a church with wonderful families like this.

This also brings to mind Jesus’ glorious return. Don’t get me wrong, I am not comparing Brian to Jesus. This house is filled with excitement. Everything resonates with the rhythm “Daddy’s coming home today. Daddy’s coming home today. Daddy’s coming home today. Daddy’s coming home today!” How marvelous it is. The house is clean. The girls and I are prettified. Shouldn’t we be preparing our hearts for Jesus’ imminent return? We know he is coming soon.

One time, Brian had the great idea of surprising me by coming home a week early. He had our pastor pick him up from the airport, then drop him off at the end of the road. He walked to the house and surprised me as I was loading the girls in the yukon. It was an amazing surprise. I loved it. But, at the same time, I wasn’t ready. The house was a wreck. It was the week of VBS and I do the crafts. (Meaning: craft stuff all over the house along with the regular house mess.) As happy as I was with his return, I was frustrated with myself because I had let things that are important to Brian go. I wasn’t ready, at all. The surprise fell kind of flat. I fear that is what will happen to most of us upon Christ’s return. We won’t be ready.

This time, for this homecoming, though, I am ready! I am absolutely giddy with excitement.

Happy! Happy! Happy!

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