November marked a special time in our family. We were so thankful to celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness, especially in the 90 years He has given Grandma and for her relatively good health. When we looked at photos of her lifetime, we were reminded that while humans change, He has not, nor will He ever change.
We were encouraged by the outpouring of love from her friends and extended family. Some of them had not all been in the same room together in years. We felt as if that short open house was a preview of Heaven, when we will be reunited with our spiritual family.
My dad asked me to make a corsage for Grandma, which reminded me of another phase of life for which I am thankful. When I was a missionary kid in Lomalinda, Colombia, our school organized banquets for various reasons, and usually the girls wore corsages.
For one of those banquets, I enjoyed helping make the corsages and was thankful for the opportunity to learn from “Aunt” Char. The family-like community we enjoyed in Lomalinda encouraged the children to call the adults “Aunt” and “Uncle.” “Aunt” Char and her husband were the parents of the Children’s Home, where some of the children of the translators would stay when their parents would visit the communities they were serving as they translated the New Testament into their language.
Another one of those “Aunts”, “Aunt” Lee, lives in the same retirement community as Grandma, so we enjoyed a reunion of my brother and me with her after some years. “Aunt” Lee served our Lomalinda community in various ways, including as a nurse and in our Post Office. Grandma’s 90th birthday party reminded me of our spiritual family that has grown throughout the years. Heaven will definitely be a wonderful reunion…. we will see our Savior face to face, and we will also see our brothers and sisters in the faith.
Also in November, we enjoyed a variation on the Crusty Dinner Rolls recipe. I had more than enough dough to fill 18 muffin tins with the cloverleaf rolls… so I rolled out the left over dough, added sugar, cinnamon, and raisins, and we enjoyed the tasty little loaves. We enjoy breakfast at any time of the day, so Brody scrambled some eggs and served them with the sweet rolls. I almost didn’t get a picture since they were consumed rapidly!
It is good to give thanks to the Lord
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
And Your faithfulness by night,
With the ten-stringed lute and with the harp,
With resounding music upon the lyre.
For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.
Psalm 92:1-4 (NASB)