It’s the last night before. Tomorrow begins the first leg of the journey to after.

It seems that I should have really profound posts written and scheduled, but I just don’t. I have a suitcase almost packed and a satchel almost packed and a stack of cards and thoughtful gifts left by dear ones walking this road with me.

There are memories, so many, being made with the people in this house who need me more than cyberspace needs me. So instead of writing I drive through DQ and McD’s and take Dewey on an extra-long, three squat walk with the littlest girls.

I walk our downtown streets at sunset with a son who towers over me, a bag of Windy City Mix popcorn shared between us. We talk and reminisce of how this journey began to come into focus for me, and his key role, because he had one. His excitement for me offers courage to my fainting heart. His upcoming travels around the world remind me that I can do these trips across the country.

Messages come in from children and friends on social media sites. People remember that this is the first trip, and they care.

I am shocked and overwhelmed by care.

So many people are loving, praying, encouraging.

It is so humbling.

I am so blessed.

So I hit publish on this to give you a quick glimpse into before before spending time with my favorite. He is the one I will miss the most, who is working so hard and doing so much to support me and make this year of training happen.

Did I say how blessed I am?

5 thoughts on “Before

    1. Julie

      Your words offer courage to my heart. Thank you for being with me in spirit on the journey. Love and hugs to you. This one takes LOTS AND LOTS of tickets.

  1. Davene Grace

    I am so excited for you about all that lies ahead in this new journey! I’ll pray for you as you go and your family as they stay behind. What a comfort that God is in both places and has arms big enough to reach all of you.

    I appreciate the song you shared here. That was one I included in my playlist for Benjamin’s birth, so it’s extra special to me.

    So are you. 🙂

    1. Julie

      You and the role you have played and play in my life are so very special to me. Golden. I love you, Friend. Thank you for boosting my heart for the next leg of the journey ahead.


Thanks for heart-composting with me! I appreciate your words.

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