Sunday, April 27, 2014

Remembering "The Storm" and Tom's Homegoing, April 27

Today we remember "The Storm" which hit our state three years ago and left the landscape and many lives forever changed.  And as many of you know, that was also the day of our Tom's home going. ( The above picture was painted by a sweet friend and was given to us last week when we attended a dear friends wedding.  It's of Tom and our youngest son and brings back memories of how Tom was so often seen with a little one at his side.)  Thanks Abby!


We've shared remembrances of Tom today and enjoyed re-living precious memories of time spent with him in the valley, we've been blessed by the gifts of sweet cards, emails, a book about heaven, and the gifts of flowers, and we can hardly believe it's been three years already.  We also continue to be amazed by God's grace and mercies, and we are so thankful to be a part of His body. 
 We've also been thinking a lot about how very important family and friends are.  Life is brief, and material things pale in comparison to people and relationships.  During the difficult days of life, the Lord and those he allows us to live in relationship with are there. And as we've re-read your cards and emails from 2011, we want to thank you, once again, for being there for us.  So much has changed these past three years, but our God is the same and always faithful.  We are now settled and feel very much at home since relocating two years ago, and we are thankful.  God bless you all ~ Sherry  P.S.  Our prayers go out to those in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.

11 comments:

  1. What a precious post! What a testimony to read of your love and faithfulness to God and His to you during a time that could have sent you (and your family) tumbling...I'm so grateful that you were able to hold fast to a loving Heavenly Father. I had only read your blog a few times before the tragedy happened. I'm so glad to have found your "new" blog when you came back to it, and to be able to follow along with this exciting chapter God is opening up for you! You're a blessing to me, to all of your readers I'm sure and we thank God for you ;) Have a wonderful, wonderful week!

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    1. Cary,

      Always encouraged by your comments. Thank you. And what a wonderful Heavenly Father we have. He has been so very faithful. Bless you!

      Sherry

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  2. Y'all are SUCH an amazing example to me and my family! Sweet post. Miss you guys tons!
    -Gracie

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    1. Oh, thanks so much for your kindness. Blessings to all!

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  3. We've been praying for y'all today. Thank y'all for your example to us of trusting in the Lord's grace and strength.
    Please tell everyone I said "hello," and I look forward to the next time I get to see each of you!

    We love y'all,
    Mallory~

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    1. Mallory,

      We so grateful for your prayers. We love y'all and look forward to the next visit, Lord willing!

      Blessings and hugs,

      Sherry for the family

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  4. We've thought of you often this week, especially with news of tornadoes in the area again. This morning, I read of a family who lost their husband/father and two daughters/sisters in a tornado in Arkansas this past April 27. (http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2014/04/tittle-family-tornado-victims-emergency.html) Praying for them to experience the Lord's grace and provision as you have in these 3 years following your own April 27. What a foundation of strength there is in knowing that God is good and that He works everything together for good--no matter what happens! Thanks for the encouragement you are to me through this blog!

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    1. Dear Smith family,

      Yes, we've been praying for the Tittle family, and I so thank you for your sweet comments. You and your family have been such a blessing to us, and we continue to pray that the Tittle family will be encouraged as we have and that God will comfort their hearts and heal their bodies and meet their every need, as only He can truly do.

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  5. I thought about you all as I read the tragic story of the Tittle family. Praying for your family and all those affected by the storms yesterday and those that may be in the path of any storms coming tonight. Stay safe.

    Victoria

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  6. Victoria,

    Thank you. Always a blessing to hear from you and we continue to be thankful for your prayers and kind comments.

    Blessings,

    Sherry

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  7. My birthday is April 27. I think of you often and try to keep up with you. I had just discovered your blog when the tornado hit. You have a beautiful family.

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