>> Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The following blog is written by my husband, John, but he captures the feelings for both of us.
A few years ago we built a new house. One of the important things we wanted was a guest wing where someone in need could come and find refuge for a while. We built that wing and various friends and family slept there, but a few years passed before it could be used for that purpose.
Then one day we had the blessing of a friend who was in need. She didn’t want to be a bother, but needed a place to stay for a few weeks while her condo was being readied.
So a smile came to live with us for a while
The smile was a little tarnished and cracked by life and it was small but it remained here with us. The smile spent time with us sitting in the TV room watching the Olympics together. We talked and laughed and the smile began to relax. Days passed. Cookies were made and brownies consumed in amazing quantities. The smile got bigger.
The smile was going through some tough times, but talked little about her emotions. We hurt for her but could only offer our hugs and company. We prayed for her every day that she would find peace and comfort.
As the days passed we laughed more and more and came to know what a kind and loving person this smile was. She was moving into our hearts as well as our home.
Then came the day when her place was almost ready to move into. My wife and I talked about what a hole it would leave in our hearts when the smile moved out.
Well the day came and the smile was ready to leave but an amazing thing happened. She left but the smile stayed in our hearts.
Now we understood why those years ago as we designed our new house that guest wing was so important to us… you see in both of our lives we had need of a refuge at one time and we could now pay it forward.
And we learned that the smile helped us as much as we helped her.
Thank You smile. We will always love you.