Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A sweet visit...

I'm so grateful for the blessing of having my boy here for five days. Two of those days were spent on the road driving to Minneapolis to pick him up at the airport, and then deliver him back. (I got back at 1:00 a.m. this morning with daughter Micah, who did the driving!) But driving time is good visiting time, too.

We didn't "do" a lot. We mostly enjoyed just "being" in each other's company. Jordan's job/ministry keeps him running hither and thither a lot, so we decided to just relax and let things unfold as they would. We're both contemplative types, so it takes a while for things to begin to flow out of all that thinking. This nice long visit allowed that to happen and I think we learned a lot about each others' hearts. He awakened a vision in myself and daughter Micah, to take the next steps in our creative lives. Micah wants to do her photography professionally, and I want to use my writing and art. Jordan made us aware of some video and print resources that would help us learn more about how to proceed. He's all about encouraging people in their giftings. Love that boy.
Jordan with youth pastor friend, Rachel.

I was tempted to get a little weepy this morning (Shoot, I'm crying right now!) as I unmade his bed and washed the bedding. "He's gone already," my heart moaned. Then I reminded myself that, no, he isn't gone. He's just down the road (1,000 miles) doing something that God has put on his heart, and that gives him great joy. And he is surrounded by so many people who love him and will look out for him. No worries, as he likes to say. :)

My next ATC swap is called "Curling Up With a Good Book". Here are my first three...

Time to start thinking about doing some Christmas decorating and sending out some cards.

Merry Christmas to all!



  1. Hi Lisa!!!! I'm sorry it has taken me a week to get over here and say how excited we all were to have Mr. Badger arrive!!!!! We opened him on Sunday and ever since we have been taking him on one adventure after another. Maybe today I can blog about it.....thank you so much!!!!

  2. I'm sure those 5 days went by WAAYY too quickly. Now you have to adjust to him being 1000 miles away. I'm glad he was such an encouragement to you.
    As usual, your ATCs are lovely. I especially like the one where she's reading while lying on the horse's back. Cute.

  3. Dear Lisa, this is a wonderful description of five days. I really love each sentence, and I can feel, what you mean. What a harmony and understanding, and letting the time flow, just let come, what the hours will give. This is more deep than big actions, I think - I see.

    Also I love the passage of your tears and the following thoughts.

    Thank you very much for this post!

    So sweet Christmas-pictures! They tell a lot! The sweet man in red clothes is somehow like YOU!

  4. Shalom, Lisa x Peace indeed be yours. I think that the best way to deal with being weepy is to sit down and have good hard cry. And then to go on stripping the sheets, and pottering around, and drinking tea. Lots of tea!

  5. You have a VERY good son, Lisa. Blessed. I hate goodbyes, so I am so proud of you. You are so supportive. Good mama.

  6. What a gift, having your boy. :) I can certainly relate. So happy for your sweet visit.

  7. it sounds like a sweet visit although driving til 1:00 sounds dreadful. I tend to fall sleep after dark.


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