Rejoice in the Lord always........

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Oops!  I said I wouldn't be back online until next Tuesday, but here I am taking a quick break from packing to send one more little note to all of you before Tim and I head out to a very unfamiliar experience.....to meet 11 couples we have never met before who all share one thing in common with us..they each have at least one child in Heaven waiting for them.  I'm looking forward to hugging each of them and spending some time walking and talking with some other grieving moms.  I know it will be so good for Tim to have some guy-time like this, too. 

But as I was going through my little "to do" list this morning, I was downloading pictures and came across this one of Olivia that Tim took the other night while I was braiding her hair, and it made me smile.

I just had to share this smile with you as a little "Happy Labor Day!" from our family to yours!

I hope it makes you smile too.

I changed my facebook picture to this one and shared the verse,

Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again, I say "REJOICE!"  Phil 4:4

It always amazes me to remember that Paul wrote this from a cold, hard, uncomfortable prison cell way back in Bible times not sure if he would ever be released or if at any moment his life might end.  In spite of his circumstances, he wrote "REJOICE in the LORD!"

So, as you venture into this first weekend in September, 2009, I hope that no matter what this temporary earth has handed you...you can still rest in His arms and REJOICE in HIM....

Thankful for each of you!



7 Comments:

Blogger Beckypdj said...

Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, not just when I feel like it. Rejoicing will give me the VICTORY!!

Thanks for the reminder. Hug those moms for me too.

Blogger Paula (SweetPea) said...

I couldn't help when I read your post title to say to myself "I will say it again. Rejoice!" I even have the latter verses 5-7 written on my heart. I needed them long ago and always need them.

Great picture...love the close up, tilted head, and huge smile!

LOVE the smile girl! It def made me smile! She is so pretty! I will rejoice now as I go to work! lol...

Blogger Susan said...

Thanks Tammy for leaving us this precious picture of Olivia.

What a joy she has been in your life!

Praying you guys have a nice time away.

I know God will use you greatly to share how He has truly been your rock through the storm.

Blessings to you my sweet friendā™„

Blogger Jennifer said...

Hope your time away is going wonderfully!

Blogger Van said...

May your time of retreat with other grieving parents lift you up on wings like eagles.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim and Tammy - it was great meeting you guys at the Respite Retreat - we've spent most of this morning surfing Nick's site. It's obvious he was an amazing kid! We're so glad you were able to gather so many joyous photos to remember him by. There is no telling how many lives have been touched by his life...it would have been great to have known him. We will think of you often and will definitely keep you in our prayers during the coming holiday season.
With all our love - Ken, Lynne Hayes

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