Meet my sister and her beautiful family…3 irlsThe girls,so sweet! Olivia, Julianna & Ava misc. karen, cabin 184misc. karen, cabin 259_edited-1This one didn’t mind the camera πŸ™‚misc. karen, cabin 260 misc. karen, cabin 217_edited-1 misc. karen, cabin 246 misc. karen, cabin 247_edited-1I snapped these when we were at the cabin a little over a month ago. When Karen asked if I would mind taking some pics, I said I would love to, but I feel like I have a lot to learn when taking photos with multiple people. Thankfully, she didn’t demand perfection πŸ™‚ One thing that was quite annoying were all the gnats. Drove us crazy πŸ™‚misc. karen, cabin 274I managed to get a few smiles from some boys that didn’t think pictures were necessary πŸ™‚ Henry, Dirk, Hans, & Connor.boysmThis guys smile will brighten anyone’s day πŸ™‚misc. karen, cabin 267_edited-1I have mixed emotions posting these pictures, because someone is missing from them. A freckle faced, blue eyed boy, who is forever safe in the arms of Jesus. I’ve watched my sister and her husband walk through the deep valley of grief, and I’ve wondered, how do they cope, how does anyone cope, with the loss of a child? I know they would say it was only by resting in the arms of a loving heavenly Father. By His grace.

And despite the grief they endured, they have been blessed as well. Many times when I look at their family, this verse comes to mind. Job 1:21b, ” the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”misc. karen, cabin 293 misc. karen, cabin 296_edited-1I look at my sister, and think, “how does she do it?”. I feel like I can’t manage my 4 children sometimes πŸ™‚ But manage she does, and does it well. So in case you didn’t know it before, sis, you are on my list of moms that amaze me πŸ™‚ I love you all!

I’m so thankful for the blessing of family!!

* I dedicate this post to the loving memory of Adrian James Meulenberg, who is forever in our hearts ❀20140921_112259

4 thoughts on “Meulenbergs

  1. There’s my beautiful friend! (she still looks as young as ever!!) And her lovely family! Thanks for sharing this….I can’t imagine the pain they went through losing Adrian, but one day they will have great Joy to be reunited!! So glad we have that hope!!

  2. Sheila Martin says:

    Thanks Jolene for posting remembrance picture of Adrian. It brought tears to my eyes. Such a sweet and smart child he was. I’ll never forget the memories we had with Art n Karen n our families. He is missed n we loved him lots!!

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