Where have ten years gone?

Ten years.

Ten years between these two photos.

We are now living in the same house we lived in ten years ago with a huge move to the farm and back again.

We are back in our home church after ministering in another church between these ten year book ends.

So much of life has happened.

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That little baby will be ten years old next month. She plays with the little girl down the block that was born the same weekend as her. As we rocked and nursed our babies we dreamed of them growing up best friends. A lot of growing up happened without them ever knowing each other, but now, they are best buddies and love that their birthdays are so close and our little dream is reality.

All but two are teen-agers and one is on the verge of joining their ranks but won’t get there before the oldest moves on to the twenties.

The ugly couch is long gone and so is that panelling. Drywall hangs in it’s place and hopefully in the next week or so paint will get on it! Maybe we’ll have to take another picture like that first one when it does, that would be fun.  However, I don’t think I will make them all pyjamas again!

I can’t imagine what another ten years will look like on us. These last ten have been hard. Big changes and transitions, gains and losses, addictions, problems I didn’t think would happen to us. Here we are, back in the same place we were ten years ago and God is still in the middle of us. #meetmeinthemiddleproj

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About Lani

With six kids, a farm, a ministry and dreams poking out in every direction I need plenty of grace to keep all the balls in the air. The sweet thing is that when I drop them, that crazy grace of God is there telling me I'm still okay...and you are, too...welcome to this place of grace.

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7 Responses to Where have ten years gone?

  1. Kristin Hill Taylor February 24, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

    I love this contrast between now and then. Life happens, that’s for sure! I’m glad to see you at Britta’s link up.

    • Lani February 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

      thanks for dropping by!

  2. Stacy February 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    ” and God is still in the middle of us”—Oh it’s that the truest truth. He’s in the middle of it all. What a sweet post! I love seeing pictures and hearing snippets of family stories.

  3. Britta February 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    “Big changes and transitions, gains and losses, addictions, problems I didn’t think would happen to us. Here we are, back in the same place we were ten years ago and God is still in the middle of us.”

    Oh, the holy ache. This is what life in the middle is about. Onward and upward. Though, along with all the pain and hard times, I know you’ve gained wisdom and grace and faith. When I look back on the last ten years for our family, I shudder…I would have never predicted all the pain. But then I wouldn’t trade the lessons. I am glad the God has never asked me if I really wanted to learn them, because I am pretty wimpy and probably would have said no! He gives us what we need. 🙂
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    • Lani February 24, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

      I’m pretty sure that Jesus is the only person I know who willingly stepped into a world of hurt knowing how much it would cost in the end. The rest of us…not so much!! You’re in good company, I don’t think I would have said yes to all this had I known the pain, but the lessons, the lessons are golden and for that I am thankful…and for the grace to learn.
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