15 Years

Fifteen years ago today, Troy sang me this song at our wedding...

Tomorrow morning if you wake up
And the sun does not appear,
I will be here.

If in the dark we lose sight of love,
Hold my hand and have no fear,
'Cause I will be here.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet;
When you need to speak your mind, I will listen.
And I will be here when the laughter turns to crying;
Through the winning, losing, and trying, we'll be together,
'Cause I will be here.

Tomorrow morning if you wake up
And the future is unclear,
I will be here.

As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I will be here.

I will be here, so you can cry on my shoulder;
When the mirror tells us we'’re older, I will hold you.
And I will be here to watch you grow in beauty,
And tell you all the things you are to me;
I will be here.

I will be true to the promise I have made,
To you and to the One who gave you to me.

Steven Curtis Chapman

We have heard the song a couple of times on the radio so it has been a fun reminder of our wedding.

We have been through a lot in the last 15 years. Through it all, I am grateful to have Troy to make this journey with.


Even McDonalds!

Today we devoted most of the day to the kids. We have been dragging them around to visit people, eat out etc. So we met up with my high school friend Steve and his daughter and took them to the DuPage Children's Museum where they had a great time playing with bubbles and vacuum tubes, doing art work and all kinds of other fun things.

After a couple of hours there, we headed down to Naperville's Riverwalk where we walked around and enjoyed the beautiful summer weather. We watched the ducks and even saw a snake in the river. He was kind of scary, and although we don't know what he was hunting, we had fun watching him slide around among the rocks and stick his head out of the water.

After that we headed back to Yorkville where we have been staying in the home of Mike & Julie, friends of ours. They get produce every week from a farm as part of a co-op they are part of and we needed to pick it up for them. We brought home a beautiful selection of fresh vegetables. I would definitely do this if we lived in America! If you do (live in America) and you are interested in finding a farm near you, you can find more information here.

After that we bought the kids Happy Meals. Nic's toy was....(are you ready for this?)...a HUMMER! Good grief!

We have really needed these couple of days as a family. It feels good to have some time together to recharge our batteries.


Be Still My Soul

Yesterday in church, the words of this hymn were God's words of peace spoken into my heart.
As I saw the words here I could have sworn I have put it here before, but I haven't. I hope that whatever worries you may have today, these words will soothe your soul too.

Be Still My Soul

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and bless├Ęd we shall meet at last.

Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, be leaving, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.