Gold, yes. I didn't plan to write about that ever-present Olympic gold, but in reality, my golden moments of the last week aren't so different; they've been hard won and a long time coming, too.
I haven't frequented these pages much lately because we've been away, moving our son back into his life in Kentucky. I'm linking up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story today, where we share five blessings from the week. Let me just say, these five are only representative of oh-so-many blessings we've been privileged to share in.
My favorites for this week?
1. Actually, a great two weeks. Oh, they weren’t without work and some hard moments, but the process of taking our son Andrew back to Kentucky and helping him get set back up in his apartment, his classroom, his life was awesome. Really awesome, as in it left me in awe of the One who stands by our sides, who puts it all together. Things came together as if sewn seamlessly by His hand. Andrew's days continue to be evidence of God's blessings; they're not without challenge, but they're full of hope and encouragement.
2. Seeing Aiden. Our almost-two-year-old grandson, Aiden, is talking like crazy. The trip to Kentucky held the fringe benefit of seeing this little charmer. He greeted me with, “Grandmom!” e read, we played cars, watched a bit of Toy Story together…it was great.
3. A text from a friend. The day we left Andrew and started back to Florida was a little hard, I won’t kid you. One of the last things I said to him was, “I don’t want to leave you!” But friends were praying and a message from one touched my heart. She texted: “I hope you feel the strength of the Lord today.” There’s no other way of describing that strength, that peace, that is bigger than we are.
4. Vacation traditions. Our oldest son flew down to help us make the drive back, and we indulged in all the vacation traditions as usual. First meal on the road? Always Steak n’ Shake. Then the hunt for a Pizza Hut lunch buffet is on…
5. Jobs. So much to be thankful for here. Andrew is so blessed to have a job where they are so happy to have him back! I’m thankful for mine, too. I get to teach what I love and I love the kids, too. And my colleagues? They’re the best. We’re already back in teacher prep and start with kids next week. Not only that, a young lady we love (who is very special to Andrew) has landed a job and will be moving close to him. Plenty of praise to go around!
And a bonus quote: “Truth, like gold, is to be obtained by washing away from it all that is not gold.” (Leo Tolstoy)
Truth and gold are what’s left after the refinement process. And that refining fire isn’t always comfortable, but what remains sure glistens for all to see.
Wishing you some gold this week,