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This Is Us...from Lorie's heart

WOW, I'm so excited to share a little about us as we are currently in a life transition. If you know me at all, it won't surprise you that I'm sitting behind this computer @11:50 pm on April 15, 2022. You see my hubby is the early riser and I'm the night owl in our family. After all they say opposites attract!

To start I'd like to take you back to when and where we met. It was a warm spring Saturday evening back in April of '83 when a good friend and I were out cruising "the loop" (aka the Bowling Alley, Noble Park and DQ) in Paducah, KY. As we pulled through DQ, she says pull in there, let's get a coke, I'm thirsty. Then she says, look at this guy in the red truck next to me, he's really cute. She then preceded to roll her window down (yes the crank window) to start a conversation with him. Long story short, the rest is history! I was working at Burger Chef on Sunday when he came to the drive thru for a milkshake (& of course to see me) and he also showed up that same night at my house after church. We began dating, engaged on Thanksgiving morning (at the foot of Broadway) of that same year and married the following June. How in the world did I end up being so lucky? Sitting here reflecting I would say it was a divine set up, not luck at all.

You see it's been a journey, but one I wouldn't trade for anything, as it was all a part of God's plan from the beginning of time. Looking back I consider it being blessed far beyond measure. In June of this year we will be celebrating 38 years of marriage. We have a daughter, Ashlyn ( &Chad), and a son, Justin (&Jenni) and four miracle grandchildren, Adyson, Sadie, Judah and Esther. We sure loved our children but when those grands came along, a whole other level of love welled up inside of us. If you're a grandparent, you know exactly what I'm talking about!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 states, There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Oh how I've grown to truly understand these verses that were pinned many years ago. Life is a journey and we get to choose how we will respond and react to each season that comes our way. I'm not saying it's always been easy, but I am saying how thankful I am for each one, especially the seasons that God has stretched me. If it were not for the thorns and storms, I wouldn't be who I am today. You see through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God. I am a daughter of the King, forgiven, loved, chosen, accepted, adopted and redeemed.

We've been to our Good Friday Service tonight, such a sweet Presence and wonderful celebration service, with salvations, baptisms, and communion. Take a moment to remember the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, the only Son of God. The day that time stood still and truly changed the world.

more to come....sleep in peace tonight knowing Sunday's coming!

I'm Leah

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