The other day we received in the mail a beautiful handmade table runner - sewn in red, white, and blue - from a family in Virginia. We had never met this family before, which made the gift even more touching. In a enclosed letter, S.H., the mom, shared about their family and about how they learned about Lilly, and how Lilly's story blessed them. Wow. THANK YOU!
I don't think we will ever cease to be amazed at how many people Lilly's life has touched. All by the grace of God. I don't think I can express in words just how much it means to me to know that. I feel like Jesus's mother Mary, and how she would be told things about her son or would just observe him, and she "kept all these things in her heart." (Luke 2:51b) Every time I hear one more person say something positive about Lilly, I save that in my heart. It helps to heal the brokenness.
For Valentine's Day, my daughter T. helped Lilly ;) purchase a pink Calla Lily plant for me. T. and I love lily flowers! We want to have a whole garden of different kinds of lilies. I was excited yesterday to see that an Easter lily we planted in the yard a couple years ago was starting to grow. This year I hope to plant a bunch more by it.
Spring is definitely coming. It is sunny and 73 degrees as I write this! It has been the warmest strangest winter. Many times I thought this would have been a perfect winter for Lilly. She would have gotten to go outside so much.
In homeschool we've been studying a different bird each week. Yesterday while outside I was pleased that I could identify four different birds by their song. Such nice little diversions.
"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, . . ." - Song of Solomon 2:12