Looking Back, Counting Blessings


I believe this photo is from 1990. Sarah, Michael and Kayla (and a puppy named Pepper) are in our current backyard when it was much wilder and untamed. In this picture, I estimate that Sarah is five, Michael is four, and Kayla is two. For a while we tried raised bed gardening. I see one of those frames in the corner of the photo.

So much work was involved by both the daddy and the mommy in developing the land, finishing the house, and caring for the family, yet the Lord gave the wisdom, the daily strength, and the necessary financial means. The Lord blessed the efforts of father and mother to train up the little ones in His ways. We have truly found that a wise son (or daughter) maketh a glad father (and mother). (Proverbs 15:20a)
PSALM 128 A Song of degrees

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.

The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.

2 Responses to “Looking Back, Counting Blessings”

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the nostalgic pic 🙂
    I’ve been thinking a lot about you and dad and all the work that went into making the Alm Rd house and property comfortable and nice especially as Darren and I are going through the process of finding responsible living arrangements. Your faith in God through those times gives me a feeling of hope…God knows what’s best and will always provide. It’s important to remember his promises of provision and pray for his blessing and guidance.
    Ok, I’m done now 😛

  2. Joyce says:

    Yes, the Lord was certainly faithful to provide for us and guide us as a family through many busy years. I have so many good memories of those hard-working years. It seemed to me that you children loved the on-going projects, and joined in as you were able. And, yes, may the Lord guide you and Darren as well, as you seek to build a life together for yourselves and Diederick.
    Mom 🙂