Sunday, December 19, 2010

home for Christmas

dear emily,

i'm not certain barrett jones will be home for Christmas, but am
happy to say that he has contacted his family and seems to be ok.
thank you for your continued prayers for his family as they sort it
all out.

life is complicated, messy, and painful . . . but so much better than
the alternative, as mark twain used to say.

my favorite early Christmas present is the photo you sent of your
precious #2 and tiny baby bird.  i could hold her for  the rest of
my life and never get my fill.

i'm signing off until after the holidays, because i want to be fully
invested in all the happy moments.   merry Christmas and may
your new year be full of peace and plenty.  (i stole that from
father tim.)


"the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.
we have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who
came from the Father, full of grace and truth."  john 1:14


Sonja said...

I am so glad. The work may still be ahead, but safety and knowing where he is had to come first. Prayers will continue for this family. I am so relieved they have talked with him.

Merry Christmas Lea! Enjoy the days and your precious ones. I plan to do the same.


Town and Country Mom said...

Thank you for the update. I know you have been a wonderful encouragement for your friend and her family.

I love Father Tim!

Merry Christmas!


Cinnamon said...

Glad to hear young Barrett is safe.

Merry Christmas~ Cinnamon

High Heeled Life said...

My heart and prayers continue to go to Barrett and his family. I'm praying for the magic of Christmas for him to find his way home to his family ... xo HHL

Lori said...

Wonderful to hear that they have heard from Barrett. Prayers will continue.

You are a wise woman to fully invest yourself in your family time. We'll be here when you return.

Planning to read Jan Karon's newest Father Tim book over the holidays. It came out a few months ago but I've been waiting until I had time to savor it.

Blessings on you and yours!

BARBIE said...

So thankful to hear that he is okay. Will continue to pray!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

It is good to know and his family can have some peace this Christmas. What struggles children have growing up and ones we share with them as perents. Praise God, He is with us through them all if we let him in. In Holland I see so many families who don't know Him. Being a progressive modern country they have lost the most important thing in life. Pray for the Dutch who don't know Jesus this Christmas. Otherwise, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. <:3 Jenny

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Praise GOD!!! My heart was heavy and interceding all weekend...I have gone to the internet over and over again to see if there was news!!!
My prayers will continue to be with him and his family!!!
I had posted today to keep him in prayer...the post is to pray for so many who struggle during the holiday season.
My heart is lifted...I kept asking the Lord..."NO" please don't let it end in tragedy!!!

Hugs to your family also...I know you will hold all of yours closer this season.

I too will sign off of blogging to enjoy every minute!!!

Merry Christmas will never know the depth!!! Enjoy!!!

Debbie said...

Oh praise God...he is safe. Will continue to pray as they work through issues...but praise God he is safe....Have a blessed Christmas. HUGS

Jodie | Velour said...

That is good news, and such a relief.

Have a Merry Christmas sweet friend. See you in the new year. :)

Vee said...

Oh phew! I am delighted to read this. What a relief for his family and my reconciliation take place soon.

Have a wonderful time away, but I won't hold you to it, if you change your mind!

Farm Girl said...

Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. I wish you all blessings. I am so thankful God had that young man contact his family.
Any blessing from Father Tim is always much appreciated.
Thanks for being a blessing in my life this year, Lea.
Merry Christmas.

Lisa said...

What wonderful news! i know his parents were beyond thrilled! Merry Christmas, Lea!

Sandy said...

Praise God that Barrett has been
found. Praying the family work
through all the issues.
Praying also that you and your
family have a wonderful Christmas
together! I'm signing off to enjoy
my family too. Tomorrow is my
last post until January 3rd.
Love & Prayers,

Darcie said...

Thank you for leaving us with this update. Have a beautiful and Merry Christmas!!

Deborah Ann said...

My dear sweet friend, I've read your posts on poor Barrett...he will be in our prayers. What a sad time for this to happen!

Hey, on a lighter note. LOVED your birthday card! You are such a hoot! I am keeping that card with all my memorable treasures. I am so thankful for God to have met you. The other day my twins were on You Tube, looking for the hottest new music. I said "Hey! Check out Sunday Lane!" They thought I was off my rocker, but they checked it out and said "That is seriously good music!"

Have a Merry CHRISTmas Lea, and a very Happy New Year...

Love you bunches,

Joan Elizabeth said...

Glad to hear Barrett has made contact. Have a wonderful Christmas Lea and enjoy a great time with your family. I look forward to us all blogging away across the waves next year. It has been so nice to have your friendship and delightful posts to read in a regular basis.

Sarah said...

Enjoy fully investing ...

Have a joy filled, love overflow Christmas and sing with me Happy Birthday Jesus!


Susan B said...

So glad to hear Barrett is safe, and contacted his family. I will continue to pray for him, and his family.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, dear Lea...and a blessed New Year. :)

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Have fabulous holidays, Lea. We should all aim to be fully invested. Let us know if Barrett comes home during the holidays, okay? He remains in my prayers.


Natasha said...

Dearest Lea, I seem to be a bit behind on your posts. We went to Hong Kong for a while for a family trip and I am only just catching up on everything. Sounds like you had some good news? So glad to hear it!

I hope that you and your beautiful family have a very Merry Christmas and a brilliant 2011! I also hope that you enjoy all the happiness and joy that this blessed season brings.

Best wishes always,

koralee said...

Sending you sweet LOVE...PEACE...and JOY for a magical Christmas with family and friends....see you soon. xoxoxo

Thank you for all the blessings you have given me this year. xoxo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

That is good news!
Have a lovely merry Christmastime, dear Lea xxxxx

Rosie said...

Oh Lea...I have been following and praying fervently from afar. I must say I am wiping tears away with my sleeve right now. I can NOT even begin to imagine the suffering these parents have been going through..sick with worry...But OH, GOD is faithful.
I have MANY favorite verses but the promises in this collection of verses are Very close to my heart.
6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
I cling to these precious words daily.
Now...I just wanted to thank you, for the L*O*V*E you sprinkled all over my site through out this last year and wish you and your beautiful family All the JOY this perfect season brings...MERRY CHRISTMAS dear one xoxo...Rosie

Grammy said...

Dear Lea,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you (and to Emily).Thank you for your support over the past months.
Love, Ruby Young

Together We Save said...

Just stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

Sassy Granny ... said...

I love the way your heart beats! Thank you, too, for your visits to my blog home. What a blessing it is to count you among the many friends the Lord has knit into the fabric of my lfie in 2010.

Merry Christmas.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

NO!!! sorry...she was MIA from the caroling party and missed the family picture...that is her in the second picture. She is my strong-willed 19 year old. LOL
My prayers are continuing to be with you all and I keep hugging your friend in my heart!!

Merry Christmas sweet is going to be one for us thanks to a precious friend. :) God is good and faithful and I am praying that family will see His hand through this trial.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

She loves to carol...she is the one who steals the show.(demands the show) Her band had an engagement that night and so she was off singing somewhere else. My kids started the caroling parties..the boys just stand in the background these days and laugh at Dad leading it....oh, my it will be fun to see what their kids pull on them. LOL
The boys wore retro vest to embarrasses can't see them in the did their friends, so we looked like a group from the 80's!!!
Never a dull around here!!

Motherkitty said...

How happy I am to hear the young fellow has contacted his family, and do hope he will return home very soon! I don't know the particulars as far as what happened, but I hope all is well with him. I will continue to pray for him and his family.

Merry Christmas to you!

Sandra said...

Merry Christmas, Lea, to you and yours. You've been a blessing in my life, thank you.

vivek said...

Hi Lea,

Wish You and Your family A Merry Christmas :)

I'm So happy to hear the NEWS :) God is great wish he will be back home on this special eve to his family.

Hope you are having a great time.
Here its getting colder ( Not freezing but cold).

In Europe weather is very Freezing , some of my friends were telling that..and In news its flashing ..hope all gets fine by year end and everyone around the world enjoy the season year end well.

take care .
keep smiling.

with love

Southern Lady said...

So glad that this young man has contacted his family. I pray that you had a wonderful Christmas! Carla

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Praying for Barrett.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, Lea, and thta the new year will bring good health, happiness, and many more blessings!

I am now looking forward to some days of rest now that winter is here and it's time to snuggle with a good book and some hot cocoa. We are getting a foot of snow with this storm!

Mmm said...

you are the most devoted mother adn grandmother. What a blessing you must be to your fam.

Gloria said...

I like father Tim's quote...:)

I hope your Christmas was amazing, and full of love. May your New Year be filled to the brim of goodness and hope!!

XOXO Gloria

p.s. thank you for your wonderful blog. It is such an inspiration to me!! May the good Lord bless you...:)