A sunny peaceful place…

Today the girls and I and Grandma went to visit Ava’s grave and put a few flowers on it.  I hope this isn’t super morbid or anything, but I wanted to show you what a sweet peaceful place it is where we laid Ava to rest… just a little country cemetery where the only noise you’ll hear is the birds and the breeze.

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Ava’s resting place is in the top center of the picture… where the grass sitting up higher with the bouquet on top between the two headstones.   It’s certainly not a morbid place for the girls, they seem to enjoy going and today they enjoyed pumping water from the old-fashioned well and watering Ava’s grass – although Sophia kept saying we were ‘watering Ava’.  Oh dear.    Because it’s a small country cemetery you can plant flowers on the graves and Sarah thought that we should water all the flowers on everyone’s graves, but we declined for lack of time.  We watered the flowers in the cemetery’s flowerbeds and called it a day.

And talking of days,  tomorrow the kids start school!   I’m really looking forward to having us all back in routine and I’ve purposely planned for this week to be busy so that time won’t weigh heavy on my hands.   It helps that Jason is still off this week so I won’t be alone.  And we are travelling to Toronto on Tuesday and will be at Sick Kids to pay a visit to Tanya and Alleeda and baby Britton – as well as all of our friends on 4D!!!   I can’t wait… I miss everyone so much and they have been so supportive that we feel very blessed.

It’s hard to believe that this coming Thursday it will be 4 weeks since Ava passed away.   The reality of her being gone is starting to sink in and even last night I was feeling really down until I was encouraged by a friend, and then I thought of a verse that another friend had sent to encourage me,  Romans 8:18 where Paul says…. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us…” and it was such a good reminder to me that yes, there is suffering in this world, but it’s all worth it.  And I can tell you that I miss my baby from the bottom of my heart, sometimes the tears won’t stop and I just wish she was here.   But you know what,   I’ve come to realize that I would do it all over again – every minute with Ava.  I would because of what she taught me and how God changed me, and the people we met and how our family grew together and how we leaned to count our blessings.

So praise God that even now I can even now appreciate a sunny peaceful place, remembering with joy that Ava isn’t really there, she is alive and rejoicing in Heaven and someday I will see her again.

Amen.

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7 thoughts on “A sunny peaceful place…

  1. Thank You Lisa for continuing to share and show us parts of your heart during this journey. Every word you write is lifting another up. Every word you write continues to point in the direction of the cross, even in your hardest moments. He delights in you and He rejoices over your family.

    The Race of Faith
    Hebrews 12:1-2
    12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
    2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    Lisa, you’re running a race and the hills are hard to climb but you are being cheered on by a great cloud of witnesses. And that glorious day when you meet Jesus FACe to Face He will say ” Well done my Lisa, I AM very proud” Somewhere in that conversation He will show you, in that Footprints poem and you will see the many moments that there was only one set of prints.. What an amazing thought knowing that He carries us when we can’t make that last turn in the course.

    I continue to pray MY Sister in an amazing Christ

  2. Thank you again, Lisa for sharing this journey with us through your blog. God has used Ava’s life to work in all of us who read your postings. We have all been blessed in one way or another because of what God has done with her life and your transparency in sharing it with us. God’s faithfulness has shone through and will continue to in the days ahead! Thanks, Lisa!

    Deb

  3. We went to our nephews gravesite yesterday too, it was a beautiful day to go and spend time there. As we rolled up, Ashlyn said ‘Oh this is the place where we planted Brayden!’, I just love the innocence of children..it helps a bit doesn’t it? It’s also in the country and it is such a peaceful place. I don’t think it’s morbid at all, truth be told, Dwight and I will sometimes walk through cemeteries just ..because. They’re quiet and there is so much to learn about human grieving reading those verses and passages on headstones, even history shines through when you read the extremely old stones.
    Hugs Lisa,
    Leanne.

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