Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The End of an Era

Today has been an interesting day for many reasons. Our time in Washington, DC has come to an end. Can you believe it's been over five years since we moved here? That's the longest we've lived anywhere! Consequently, there are a LOT of memories here. As the packers spent their second day at our house, I began reflecting on some of them.

First, I began thinking about all of the history that surrounds us here. I took the opportunity to visit (and drag my family to) all of the Civil War battlefields in the eastern theater -- all within easy driving distance of our house. We walked the same ground many of our ancestors walked. Addison gave a short lecture on a staff ride I attended at Harpers Ferry. Another time, I visited all the battlefields in the second half of the war in a single weekend. Still another time, we spent Thanksgiving Day at Gettysburg. Wow! I get sentimental when I think of those memories!

Second, we are leaving an amazing church family at Fairfax! Everywhere we've been, God has placed us exactly where he wanted us. Going to church at the Fairfax Church of Christ was no different. He showed us for the first time in our lives that it's okay to let others take care of you; you don't always have to do it yourself, and there's no shame in admitting you need help. I also grew through the worship ministry. I learned what pure unhindered worship is. As a part of that, I learned that I really can sing on a microphone in front of people and that I can lead them to the throne to experience God...and it's an experience like no other.

I also grew my faith here, although it was more like God grabbing me by the collar and dragging me kicking and screaming -- enter Lauren. I had no idea that I could ever make it through everything that little girl has put us through, but I have -- many times while being spiritually carried. I came to realize in no uncertain terms that prayer works. If you don't believe me, watch Lauren's video again here. It's important to note here that we don't always get our best outcome; we get what's best for us in the long run.

Addison and Brennan have really grown up here. Addison has turned into a beautiful young lady that I'm proud of every day. Brennan is still goofy, but he's a great kid that has matured immeasurably over the last year. Many times I find myself amazed that he's only 9. I'm very pleased to say that my relationship with both of them has deepened considerably over the last year. I'm so thankful that I get to be their dad.

So...finally to the point...Today is the one-year anniversary of Lauren's heart transplant. We will be forever grateful for that gift of life! I'm so blessed to get to witness God's mercy and power through this little girl. She has an energy that she's never had before. I've taken to telling people that ask that everything is great except her attitude! But, objectively, that in itself is encouraging: it means that she can get busy being a typical toddler. Now she still has muscular and eating issues that we're working on, but she is a totally new person...and she continues to amaze me. I can't help but smile when I look at her. Or, as Collin Raye said,

"I wish I could save these moments
Put 'em in a jar
I wish I could stop the world from turnin'
Keep things just the way they are
I wish I could shelter you from everything not pure and sweet and good
I know I can't
I know I can't
But I wish I could"

As we prepare to leave DC, it's almost as if we close that chapter in our lives and open a new one. As good as it was, I can't wait to see what the next chapter holds!


  1. So whither are you bound? What does Momma AF have in store for you next?

  2. We're in Little Rock now. Going to be the comm squadron commander here! :-)