Saturday, April 21, 2012

Think on These Things ~ Missing the Dear Old House

Lately, I have been missing our Dear Old House...

the one we moved from last fall, the one we raised our daughters in, the one our grandchildren stayed in overnight in their room upstairs, and the one where they climbed the crabapple tree in the backyard.

I had a bit of a tearfest one evening, and the next morning, I was still feeling a little sad, when I was reminded that this new little cottage is God's plan for us. Somehow, in the course of the day, I hurt my back, and doing the day-to-day things I do became difficult, and the day after my tearfest, I was very thankful for this cottage where it only takes a few steps to go from room to room, the house that is easy to keep clean, and the home where our grandchildren still spend the night.

And God, in His wisdom, helped me to see that this little cottage He made possible for us to build, the one that holds the promise of more time with our daughters and their families, the one in a pleasant, new neighborhood just right for walks and exploring along the Yellowstone River, is just right for us.

This is the front porch of our new little cottage,

the place we now call home.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
 You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

I'm joining Lorraine at With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart for


LDH said...

Your old house holds so many memories from so many years that missing it must not be unusual. Holding on to what is so special to us in our hearts. Refocusing on the blessings you now enjoy in your new home is wonderful and blending the past with the present is part of the change. Sometimes I don't do change very well.

Your new cottage is so very sweet. And the verse is so comforting!

Thank you for sharing on Think on Things!

bettyl said...

Isn't it comforting to know that He always has a plan, even when we can't see it!

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Leaving the old is never so easy for me, but endings mark wonderful new beginnings.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

There is always something to be grateful for! God bless you! Patsy from

Maple Lane said...

What a blessing your post is to me. We downsized one year ago. I am very thankful for a small, one level home and a small, easy to manage yard BUT I do find myself missing our last place. Like you, I know that God answered our prayers and led us specifically to this home and to wonderful Christian neighbors. Have a blessed Sunday!

Donna said...

Sometimes change is hard - even when it is good change. Your memories of your other house will comfort you. May God help you to make new memories and this house to ring with laughter and peace.

Maryann said...

I have a difficult time with change as well. When I am faced with it, I also try to focus on the blessings and what there is to be thankful for. Praying you will have many more new memories to cherish in this new home

Zuzu said...

I think we all look back to the places we've lived and the wonderful times we had, and it can make us miss those times. But your new little cottage is beautiful - and living so close to your children and grand-babies is truly a gift.
I hope you are feeling better, Laurie! Happy weekend!