Grandpa, Elmo, and Arie over Christmas 2012. Thankful my sister-in-law got this shot of them playing so sweetly together.
I've been absent from my blog for longer than normal and will continue to be for the next week or so. My heart is heavy with the reason: last night my dear father-in-law passed away. He battled cancer with courageous determination for the past two years and I am so very glad he did because it meant he was able to meet his first precious grandchild, just three weeks before he died. It seems so cruel and unbelievable that our son will know him only through our stories. Our hearts are so heavy right now, but we grieve as those with hope for we know we share in a common future with the Lord, forever. I covet your prayers for my husband's family as we grapple with the terrible aching emptiness we are left with on this earth.