comings and goings

You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
Deuteronomy 28:6


(the road leading Tremont Great Smokey Mt Institute, The Great Smokey Mountains National Park / Julie Cook / 2015)

During this season of holiday travel may we all remain safe during the
journey to and from our various destinations….

“The love and affection of the angels be to you,

The love and affection of the saints be to you,

The love and affection of heaven be to you,

To guard and to cherish you.

May God shield you on every step,

May He aid you on every path,

And may He hold you safe on every slope,

On every hill and on every plain;

On earth and on sea until you are home again.”
Irish Blessing

17 comments on “comings and goings

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    Amen!! 🙂

  2. Thank you and you do the same if you are headed out and about. May you and yours have a truly blessed Thanksgiving dear Julie. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤ xoxo

    • You too Natalie— I figured many our blogging family would be here, there and yon or just busy and occupied third week so I’d throw out a bit of blessing— I’ll be cooking and just brenton and Abby will be coming— low key—- what about y’all— Colorado bound???

      • Yes, we’re leaving for CS very early Wednesday morning. We’ve got it down now to the shortest possible route but it’s still a 12 hour drive. And this time of year, it’s hard to get the entire drive done in daylight, and with James macular degeneration it needs to be done in as much daylight as we can. He’s never let me drive when we are both in the car, but one time it got dark enough that I insisted he let me drive as we were only about an hour from home and he did. I think it actually unnerved him enough to turn over the wheel to me. It was certainly unnerving me the way he was driving in the dark that time. He gets treatment for it every six weeks and they have stopped the advancement of it but one of his eyes was far worse than the other. The other thing that I don’t like is that once we get into the panhandle of Texas we have long, long stretches of road out in the middle of nowhere. So we leave early and try to get there and back in as much light as possible. How’s Abby? She hasn’t got too terribly long to go now. And has Brenton found a job yet?

      • prayers for the next interview tomorrow morning please!!!!!!
        Abby is out of school for the week for the holiday thank goodness as each day I fret with her driving back and forth to and fro from Atlanta back to teach here in the county…
        I’m the driving hog usually–I tend to be a bit more lead footed and focused—but whenever we fly someplace and rent a car, I prefer for him to drive….especially if it’s in a big city…but I don’t know why since I am the Atlanta drive queen….nightmare city USA…in more ways than one.
        Well Nikki won’t expect you to be cooking will she since y’all are having to drive so far and will mostly likely be tired???
        Don’t forget the prayers in the morning!!!!!!

  3. Done! I lifted up prayers for Brenton and will again and again! We are going to cook on Thursday and eat later in the day. We are going to make it all simple and easy and just enjoy each other’s company. I’m so looking forward to being there again. I miss all my “babies” so much. And we are taking Chris’ quilt with us since it is finished now. We’ve made one for all of them now and are working on one for James. Love, N

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Julie…a bit early. 😉❤️

  5. Lynda says:

    Beautiful post Julie! I’m late reading it as I had family business to attend to yesterday – taking my niece to visit my sister a few hours away – but that gave me the opportunity to read about Brenton’s job interview today. Prayers that it goes well!!

    • thank you Lynda—I think we’ve all gotten a bit numb–this will be the second interview and he is very cautious about feeling any optimism as he’s had two and three and still didn’t get the position–so he’s afraid to even feel hopeful—but I just keep praying that God will hear us and bring in to the perfect job He has out there for Brenton—it’s just that we are all feeling the anxiousness and need most keenly the closer the baby gets to being here…..

  6. Wally Fry says:

    Well, I have no destination, but thank for the well wishes anyway. I made a decision years ago to no longer go anywhere on thanksgiving day, and I have not for several decades.

    • We had friends in this weekend for a special dinner gathering who had traveled from both Florida and Switzerland, then our son and daughter-n-law will be traveling here Wednesday to spend the night and Thanksgiving with us before traveling Friday down to Savannah with her family—so with the comings and goings here, I could only image all the other travelers on the roads…you’re fortunate Wally that everyone is right there together!–Makes holidays easier— that’s for sure.

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