This was a weekend full of emotions for Noah and me. On Friday, we went to a visitation, and I prayed as I waited my turn that the right words would form in my lips. Really, I just wanted to give my sweet friend, who is now a widow, a huge hug. Any verses or words of comfort that I could have given her, she knows in her heart, she just needs sweet time and to be loved by those around her.
Noah and I made a kid-swap date with my sisters a month ago so that on this particular weekend we would have date nights for Valentine's Day. While Walt partied with his Loli, Uncle Stephen, and cousins, Noah and I did not go out, but we stayed in, cooked together, ate a delicious meal together, and watch a romantic movie. It was fun to have that down time together after the visitation and in preparation of saying our goodbyes the next day.
The funeral was beautiful. I left knowing that our sweet friend would have been pleased at how we spent that time remembering him and praising Jesus. Psalm 116 was read, and I have put it below because it was perfect.
Noah and I were thankful that we had plans with our nieces and nephews to keep our minds and hands busy that evening. And so my sisters went out and all of the cousins came to play at our house for a huge sleepover. Walt LOVED waking up surrounded by his favorite friends! We all had a blast, and I am so thankful to be near my family right now. It is weekends like this that I am reminded how hugely blessed I am to have them in my life. We each are so different, and together we create a fun-filled, loving family.
2 Because he ainclined his ear to me,
3 bThe snares of death encompassed me;
4 Then cI called on the name of the Lord:
our God is fmerciful.
6 The Lord preserves gthe simple;
when hI was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return, O my soul, to your irest;
for the Lord has jdealt bountifully with you.
8 For kyou have delivered my soul from death,
lin the land of the living.
11 oI said in my alarm,
p“All mankind are liars.”
12 What shall I qrender to the Lord
13 I will lift up rthe cup of salvation
and scall on the name of the Lord,
14 I will tpay my vows to the Lord
15 uPrecious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his vsaints.
16 O Lord, I am your wservant;
I am your servant, xthe son of your maidservant.
You have yloosed my bonds.
17 I will zoffer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and scall on the name of the Lord.
18 I will tpay my vows to the Lord
19 in athe courts of the house of the Lord,
bPraise the Lord!