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Holidays, card games, broken chairs and spilled gravy all shared here.

Let It Go…it has a replacement!


Part of mine and Mr. Wonderful’s story is one of letting go. I’m sure “let it go” has been repeated throughout your story as well. And I’m also pretty sure they have been words reluctantly received…

I know it was for me.

About 6 or 7 years ago we really started experiencing this “letting go” phenomenon. Not just emotionally, but physically. We were privileged enough to live on a 400 acre ranch in the Hill Country…heaven!

However, we were 25 miles away from everything…heaven? – not so much!

The ranch was located close to the small community where our two daughters attended high school and the year that our youngest graduated, Mr. Wonderful and I had a pretty clear idea that our time here was coming to an end.  He was traveling for work and it was really more than I could take care of by myself. I grew up raising cattle; not sheep.

Cattle are a lot harder to kill…sheep are born looking for a place to die.

Need I say more…

As this move became clearer to us we realized we were going to have to let some things go. That sounds so easy saying it, but we had accumulated 4 barns of stuff, not including what was in the house.

Fortunately this transition was fairly simple. I am a true believer that someone’s junk is another someone’s treasure.

That little exercise in “letting go” was just the beginning.

Over the past 6 years, on our Texas Tour, we have lived on a 50 acre ranch…downsized to a 3 bedroom townhouse…then we downsized to a 2 bedroom apartment…and then yet again downsized to a 1 bedroom apartment.

Needless to say, when we were blessed with our home, I had “let go” of everything. And ended up with nothing to fill this space.

As I reflected on this and even started feeling a little sorry for myself it reminded me of how Father tells us there are some things in our life we need to “let go”, but when we are obedient to that He also promises replacement.

I didn’t have a clue what Father was asking me to do. For that matter, I didn’t even know why.

But He knew…

He knew that my parents treasures would need a new home to reside in. They would need a new family to serve and bring enjoyment to.

You see, Father knew how hard my parents had worked for their treasures. He knew also how sad their hearts had become at having to “let go” of those things that were so special to them.

AND He knew we had “let go” of a lot to get to where He has us now.

To some, this might seem a little trivial. However, I know that even the smallest things are important to Him because He has taken the time to count the hairs on my head!

Genesis 50:20-21, Romans 8:28; 11:29,

Isaiah 38:17,

Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Corinthians 1:9,

Matthew 10:30-31

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Here are some of the treasures we are now blessed with…

Typewriter, bowling pin, album cover, books read and Dad’s armoire… shared memories throughout the years.
Family dinner table... Holidays, card games, broken chairs and spilled gravy all shared here.
Family dinner table…
Holidays, card games, broken chairs and spilled gravy all shared here.
side table
Stained glass creations now displayed on a side table… lamps, Bibles, Pro Rodeo Sports News and fingernail polish have shared time on this treasure.
Mom’s hutch.. It housed her china but now shares pieces of her history.

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