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Birthday Visit

21 Mar

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the simplehearted;
when I was in great need, He saved me.
Be at rest once more, O my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
Psalm 116:5-7

What a pleasant surprise when my phone rang a couple weeks ago and the familiar voice on the other end asked if he could come visit for a few days!  Seriously?  Does Nemo swim?  Within moments, plans were being made and my heart began to fill with joy and excitement!

Since Ryan moved to Spokane, WA to attend Gonzaga University several years ago, the beauty of the northwest and a very special young lady captured the heart of our son.  Now residing in Seattle, the opportunities to get to see he and Brittany are few and far between.  Tim and I flew out for our vacation last August/Sept, but it had nearly been a year since Ryan had seen Cole and Lillie and their parents.  Cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, and a lot of praying took place during the few days of preparation.  A major snowstorm was in the forecast to march across much of the country on the very day of Ryan’s travels, but thankfully it tracked north of his flight plan of Seattle-Boston-Baltimore and he was only delayed a couple of hours.  Thank you, Jesus, for answered prayers!

Cole Michael, the chauffer and his assistant, Miss Lillie

Cole Michael, the chauffer and his assistant, Miss Lillie

Ryan was met by his own personal chauffer and assistant upon arrival at BWI ~  what a cute sight they were!  Thus began the next 3 ½ days of non-stop fun … playing with the kiddos, eating yummy food, catching up with the adults, celebrating birthdays and Christmas, and simply loving family.

Sunday noon came all too quickly when Ryan had to gather all of his stuff and head back to the airport, this time leaving the chauffer and his assistant at home with their parents.  Tim and I were awarded the honors of driving him, soaking up every possible morsel of time with our boy.   Hugs and kisses at the curb, prayers in my heart, and a fleeting glance as our grown son walked out of sight to catch a flight to go home.

Uncle Ryan and his loves.

Uncle Ryan and his loves.

Ryan’s birthday was Tuesday, March 18.  What a blessing to be able to celebrate a few days early with him when he was here.  28 years ago, our little family of three welcomed a tiny new member, never to be the same again.

Won’t you join me in celebrating life today?  Babies are born every day, people we know and love are coming to the end of their journey called life, while others continue in the daily routines of family, work, and responsibilities.  It’s all part of the life God has gifted to each of us … let’s celebrate it together!

Until next time,
Debbie

For this reason, since the day we heard about you,
we have not stopped praying for you.
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will
through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,
 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him
in every way: bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God,
 being strengthened with all power according to His
glorious might so that you may have great
endurance and patience,
 and giving joyful
thanks to the Father, who has qualified you
to share in the inheritance of His holy people
in the kingdom of light.
 For He has rescued us from the dominion
of darkness and brought us into the kingdom
of the Son He loves,  in whom we
have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:9-14

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Graduation

14 May

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
all the days of my life,  and I will dwell in the
house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 23:6
   

    

It’s that time of year.  The cap and gown, complete with tassel, and the infamous certificate of declaration that the task at hand is finished.  Complete.    

Troy, Kim & Cole

There are two graduations impacting the lives of the Van Hooks in 2010.  Our son-in-law Troy is graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Security and Risk Analysis from Penn State University in just a few short days.  Having served in the US Marine Corps following graduation from high school, Troy is using his G.I. Bill for these past four years of college. 

Brittany & Ryan

Our son’s girlfriend, Brittany, walked across the platform at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington on Mother’s Day … receiving her degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology.    

Graduation is only a step of transition, really.  It’s a time for congratulations, hugs, slaps on the back, and words like “Well done!”, and “We’re so proud of you!”  But nearly in the same breath, there will be additional things said, like “What are your plans now?”  or “Did you get that job you applied for?”    

Troy will be moving his family to the Baltimore area where he will begin his new career in June.  Brittany has applied for a job in Seattle and is hopeful that she will begin to take the next step toward her life-long ambitions.  Life is full of dreams,  preparation, experience, change, and celebration.   

How about you?  Is GRADUATION a word that applies to your life right now?  Perhaps you know someone who has also put on the cap and gown and walked across their platform of life.  A new baby, fresh out of the womb … the past 9 months developed and ready for a lifetime of graduations.  A precious aged parent, surrounded by years of memories and a loving family … crosses that threshold of the ultimate graduation, completed the task of earthly living to finally sit at the feet of Jesus.    

Precious in the sight of the LORD  is the death of his saints.   Psalm 116:15   

For such a time as this, join me in celebrating the graduations of life.   

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me,
if only I may finish the race and
complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–
the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.  Act 20:24
   

Until next time,
Debbie