I have been "gathering the moments" of each month for nearly two years now, and I am always surprised at how much life happens in a span of thirty(ish) days. But this month has been one for the records. So many life changes!
I thought back to June and how so many changes that month were those that I did not want, and now I see the path more clearly and so much has been resolved. He has been leading all the way, of course. It is always up to me to trust Him, whether I see the way or not. Always.
This month, my sister moved...back. It is such a comfort to know that she is closer, and she is happy to be closer to her darling grandbabies again.
This month, our Kati Grace turned 21. On the same day, her dear friend, the elderly man for whom she had been caring, passed away. (She wrote her story of their time together ~here~.)
This month, we had several gatherings. Alaine enjoyed her very first Special Day. We continued the tradition of our Annual Mother/Daughter Christmas Shopping Trip, and were glad for another year together. We girls hosted a ladies' game night.
This month, Ryan and his family moved...closer!! (Ron accompanied them on the drive down. While he was away, we girls ate spicy food and watched musicals...both things that Ron could live without.) Oh, we are excited and so very grateful! Ryan has a new home, a new job, and (you already know, don't you?)...a new son! We cannot wait to meet Baby Paul!
This month, seventeen people gathered around our table(s) on Thanksgiving Day, enjoying the gifts of health and food and warmth and family and fellowship and numberless blessings.
We owe our thanks to the Giver of all good gifts!
And so I end this monthly Gathering with the verse I ended with back in June...in the "before."
Oh Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself.
It is not in man that walks to direct his own steps.
This month, I thank Him for directing our steps.
Again this month, I am inviting you to join me in "gathering the moments." You may wish to share two or three photos, or several collages, or bunches of photos...with words, or without words. The link-up below will be a gathering place for us to reflect and share and connect. (The link-up will stay open for a week, so you have plenty of time to gather.)