How do I say goodbye to the place where my memories have curled up to sleep?
The place I have called home for a lifetime?
The house in every dream I have?
The place my children were supposed to visit my daddy and make their own memories?
The place I can still hear my Daddy laughing through the breeze in the trees?
My dad built the house with his own two hands and as a toddler, I remember riding my tricycle on the freshly dried concrete slab foundation. Many a day was spent growing up in the country playing in the dirt, seeking buried treasure with cousins and rafting the muddy ditch after a hard rain. The nights spent in the shop with my dad as he helped my sister and I make doll furniture or other creations were simple, yet cherished.
Every birthday candle blown.
Every tear cried.
The house holds a lifetime.
And now it’s time to say goodbye. Time to close this chapter in life. Saying goodbye isn’t easy. In fact, it’s harder than I ever imagined. I am reminded our earthly homes are temporary and in heaven, we will rejoice together again someday with my sweet Daddy. You see, those who know Christ can look forward to an Eternal Home that knows not the deep sinking feeling of goodbye that this earth holds. Do you know Him?
Tomorrow Daddy would have been 72.
Today we sign the house away.
We’ve prayed for this day….and deeply dreaded it….all at the same time. Life’s irony.
We are leaving the place in good hands and in that I find peace. The day the new owner called he asked me if the property had any pecan trees and I knew in that moment it would be theirs. I had just been there that very day and noticed the trees full of them this year. God told me then and there they were the ones. And I’m sure daddy is pleased they will be keeping the trees.
It is with Jesus alone that I am able to say these goodbyes. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Him, please contact me. I would love to share more with you.
“So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:6-8
If you don’t know Jesus, please contact me. I’d love to introduce you to Him. 🙂