Photos tell a story, don't they?
That is one of the reasons why I love to gather the moments at the end of a month. As I look back, I remember the moments that have been woven together to make our life story. I am always amazed at all that has happened in a brief span of thirty-ish days.
This month's story is one of gatherings. Gatherings with family and games of charades and breaking bread together and cuddly babies and seafood and pie and coffee and multiple generations and the sun porch door opening and closing more times that we can count and adults saying "Close the door please." Gatherings with friends and Mama Coffee and catching up and hosting FLDC (Fashionably Late Dinner Club) here at Pineapple House for the first time and Kati's friends coming to play games.
The story told is one of house projects. Installing the new dryer in the basement and taking the old one out of the bedroom closet. Painting the living room and dining room and feeling more at home. Sewing new fishtail swags for the living room windows.
The story is one of love and loudness and sharing and sweetness.
But beyond the photos...
there is more to the story.
Also part of the story this month is vehicle woes. First Kati's car, then Ron's truck, then Kati's car, then Ron's truck, then Kati's car, then Ron's truck. (Yes, it's true.) Along with that is the story of cha-ching and coordinating schedules so that everyone could get where they needed to be.
This month's story tells of a huge (to us) unexpected bill...in three unexpected parts. (Money is flying out of Pineapple House!)
The photos don't show that the elderly man for whom Kati had cared for a little over a year passed away this month.
This month's story is also a sick kitty and changed plans and discouragement and impatience and hot, hot, hot.
And thus...the story is life.
As I tell you the hidden parts of the story, it is not with complaint. Oh, yes, I have fretted some, but then I have settled in my heart that it is all from His hand. Life is filled with sunshine and shadow. In both, He is near. In both, He is faithful.
It has been a good month!