Sunday, July 01, 2007

This Journey

The washing machine is swishing, rocking on its uneven legs. The dryer is tumbling. I've overhauled the contents of our refrigerator, and there are lists scattered about like so many leaves on a fall day. Piles of clothes take form in my mind, and I've been muttering, "Wipes. Don't forget the wipes!" all day long.

We prepare for a journey this week; tomorrow morning, we pull out and head to Utah, first picking up my sister on the way. Pray for us, friends, as we look for a temporary home for our family until our house in Boise sells, and we know the area better to make an educated decision for the long-haul.

While we are away, the tenth anniversary of our marriage covenant will be celebrated! My beloved and I had dreamed of being in Europe for this momentous date, but here and now, surrounded by the three children that made us such a family, we smile over their blonde heads and imagine... someday. For now, life takes precedence over travels and the future is exciting. We are so thankful to have been blessed with this time together, and we wanted to share with you a slide show of these ten years past, and the blessings along the way! Enjoy!

I shall be absent from this place for the week, but present with my family. I look so forward to visiting with you all again, and "talking" with you - you are such an encouragement!

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July, and a wonderful week!

Love,
Elise

32 fellow travelers shared:

Amy said...

Beautiful, Elise! Thank you for sharing...

Beka said...

Oh, that slide show was precious. It was so much fun to see all your memories. Congratulations on 10 years! May God continue to lavish His blessings upon you in the years to come. You are such a sweet and precious family.

We'll be praying about the move and all the decisions that go along with that, too.

Have a great trip! We'll be away this week too, so I'll catch up with ya next week.

Much love!!

Beka said...

And I hae to add-- I LOVE that song Love Crucified Arose that is playing here right now!

Mindy said...

Great pictures! Congratulations on your ten year anniversary. Will miss you this week.New ministry job?

Grafted Branch @ Restoring the Years said...

Y'all are such a handsome family! Did I miss something? Are you from Utah? Have we talked about that before (since we lived there from about 92-97)?

Have safe travel. And happy anniversary!

Maxine said...

Have a great time--we'll miss you. I'll try my best to pray for a safe trip for you all.

That slide show is fantastic--Happy Anniversary! God has formed a beautiful family these past ten years!!

I'm sure He'll direct you to exactly what He wants you to do and where He wants you to be.

Take care!!

Stacy said...

I so enjoyed watching your slideshow, Elise! Great pictures... and a Happy Anniversary to you!
Bless you, sweet friend.
~Stacy

Stacey said...

I am SO sad because my flash player mysteriously BROKE on my computer and I cannot fix it! I want to watch your journey to the beautiful couple that you are today!! (me whining)

Oh well, I will be praying for your travels and can't wait to get reconnected when you are settled.

Tim and I were in the van on our 5th anniversary this June - we were on our way up here for the funeral. Tim and I also exchanged several glances that communicated the same thing: nowhere else we'd rather be.


Peace to you sister. Peace.

rcsnickers said...

Happy Anniversary! Praise God for the wonderful 10 years and beautiful children!

Letisha

QueenHeroical said...

I include my congratulations on 10 years and also my prayers for an easy and peaceful transition.

-Krina

Beverly said...

What a lovely slideshow! I thoroughly enjoyed it, my friend. God has blessed you all so much! I can see the love on your faces. Wonderful.

Have a safe, and profitable trip. May God give you all the desires of your hearts! Praying for you.

And Happy Anniversary to the two of you.

Oh, and don't forget the wipes!!

Munchkin Land said...

Oh Elise! My heart is happy looking at these beautiful photos of you and your husband. It looks like a blessed, happy courtship and marriage. Thank you for sharing!

I will be thinking of you during this time of transition. =) And praying that God's way is made clear for you!! Please continue to keep us posted!!

EEEEMommy said...

I haven't been commenting much lately, but I HAVE been praying for you as I knew the time was drawing close for your move. I will continue praying. May Jehovah Nissi the Lord our Banner go before you and may He lead you to the place that He has prepared for you for this time!

I loved watching the slide show! My heart is so full for you and my eyes are once again brimming! God has blessed you with such a beautiful family. May he continue to bless you for the next 10 years and beyond.

Much Love and Continued Prayers,
Angel

P.S. How is it possible to miss someone that you've never even met in real life? Sniff!

TaunaLen said...

Elise,
What a beautiful slide show, and congratulations on your anniversary. You have a precious family. I have to tell you that your posts encourage me, and comfort my heart. I first started reading you about six months ago, just after finding out how far our 19 year old daughter had run from her Father, God. She is still running, but your post "Found" on January 16 really pierced my wounded heart. As I cry out to God for her, I still remind myself that she is lovingly tagged "My Name is Beloved" and "If Found, Please Return to God". The Shepherd is following after her, no matter how steep and rocky the trail may become, and soon He will come carrying her back to the fold. I pray that you enjoy this time away with your family, and that find that the next steps on your path are mapped by God's grace. I will miss your posts, and look forward to your return.

~TaunaLen

Wendy WaterBirde said...

Blessed Anniversary Elise and Blessed Journey too : )

Paix,

Wendy

Andrea said...

Happy anniversary!!

Elise, if you get thiscomment, check your emails!I just emailed you with something important about your trip to Salt Lake!!

Andrea said...

Elise,
Come over to my blog...I left you a little goodie!

Audrey said...

What a beutiful family! You are blessed! Have a wonderful, safe trip!

Lyn said...

Be safe my friend. Contact me soon to catch me up on what is going on!

A said...

Utah? I went to college there! Have you made known why you are going there and I forgot, or did I miss it?

It is a beautiful place. I have several believing friends and their families who live in the area, just north of SLC in Ogden.

Cindi said...

I will miss you Elise. I will be here when you get back. Isn't it lovely that no matter where in the world we move our blog homes here and our friends here can stay the same!

Bethany said...

This is my first visit to your site and this post has me in tears. It's so beautiful! Happy 10th anniversary!

It's such a thrill to hear your attitude when talking about your dreams of a "romantic anniversary" versus the real life of having a house full of kids! You and your husband may yet get that chance in Europe, but you won't get these days with your kids again! Enjoy them!

And have a nice trip. I hope it all falls together for you!

Miriam said...

Elise,

The pictures are so fun to see...evidence of a wonderful life! And, you have lived in a *very* beautiful place.

Hope all goes well with your trip. Happy aniversary to you and Kevin. Ten years! I bet it's hard to believe in some ways.

Stacey said...

Elise -
My Beloved fixed my computer from 3000 miles away!!! So I just watched your slideshow and wept with gratitude for your family, your love, and your covenant!!
I also wept for the songs - I will add some of them to my player as well. Ones I haven't heard in a while but have a special place in my heart. Thank you, sister. Love you.

Christine said...

What a beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

AndiMae said...

Elise, Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing the sweet slideshow- you and your family are beautiful!

Joel and Jaime said...

Precious, precious pictures! And Happy Anniversary! God's Blessings in finding that new house :)

Lindsey @ Enjoythejourney said...

Beautiful, as always. Happy anniversary and many, many more to come.

Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

Elise?
I sit here and cry. Funny why we do this: cry when we feel such love. Love for Him and what He is doing in the lives of people we have never met. So I brush away the tears and smile. There. That is what I mean: Joy. Joy for you. Joy for those three little souls who gather under your love. Joy for Your Maker. How He is exalted in you.
Dance on. It is beautiful, and I applaud.
Love, my friend,
Ann

Sarah said...

Wow! Micah looks just like you! Has anyone ever told you that?
Sarah

Tracy said...

What a beautiful family! Happy Anniversary.

Erna said...

That was a beautiful slideshow. I like the closing, "All because a boy loved a girl." Cute! You are blessed indeed. Happy Anniversary!

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