Tears & Cheers, A Perfect Mystery

July 24, 2016

Our last Sunday at our Church home, Abby was baptized.

It was the perfect, beautiful end to what had been an amazing journey with our Walnut Hills family. How it all came together in those last few days, well, it was a perfect mystery. But, it did.

Graham performed the baptism, and I couldn’t help but to marvel at how perfectly it had all turned out. Everyone was so gracious with us. And Graham had been so important to our lives - it was perfect that he had this last role to send us off. After, we stood as a family at the front of the church while everyone came by to congratulate Abby and give us hugs. It was lovely and peaceful and…


The occasional drip of tears that had started with this whole thing became a steady stream over the last week, and a waterfall that Sunday on. The reality of our moving was crashing down, only three days to go. But, it was still rather perfect, too. Perfect and…


We visited our parents. We hung out with friends. With so many hurdles already jumped, we all started to see the finish line. It was really happening.

And we were pulling together as a family.

It’s easy to get into a rut when everyone is doing their own things and there’s little togetherness. Well, that’s not us anymore. Not right now. Abby and I have cried together, bonded and clung to each other, and our ga-times are even more special. Ethan’s been reliable and comforting. He’s shown maturity, strength, and goodness. I’ve known those things were in there, somewhere, but they really came through in the chaos of our move. Both the kids have been exceptionally brave about this new adventure. And Joe’s been an absolute hero through it all - every minute.

I’m proud of my family and glad for the move if only because it’s made us closer - to God and each other.

“And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible.”

2 Corinthians 7:11