Saturday, October 3, 2009

Yellow Ribbons and Sentimental Stuff...

We were so excited when we moved into our new house 14 1/2 years ago. It was the first one for us to buy. The first one to be OURS. Really - we were MORE than excited.

We had just been through one of the toughest years of our ministry. Probably THE toughest year. This was such a dream come true - and such a witness to the faithfulness of our God - through the storm.

The house was a new construction - and someone left a circular saw blade in our yard. Our Jonathan was 13 1/2 years old. He and Hal had a lot of fun throwing it at the little pine tree at the side of our yard. And that is where they left it. After several years - I decided that was not a good idea and removed the saw blade from the trunk of the tree. I thought it was not smart to have a saw blade sticking out from a tree in the yard. However, I was rebuked severely by the two men in my life - and they promptly took a hammer and placed it back "where it belonged."

That is where it has remained. So there is a circular saw blade seriously embedded into the trunk now. I have gotten used to it. I have used it to hang things on when I needed to spray paint them (i.e. the baskets for weddings). It has just become part of the "landscape".

How fitting that I now have once again, hung the yellow ribbon at the top of the saw blade. The tree is in the back yard - at the end of the driveway. Every time I come down the drive - I see it. Oh I have one on the front porch right under the flag also. But I think the one on the tree - with the saw blade under it - would have to be my favorite. Jonathan would like it too. I know he would.

The tree has really grown. The saw blade is secure. The yellow ribbon (yet again) is a reminder that our God has His Hand on our Soldier and we are awaiting his return home from this war. We know that God will be with us all through this storm.

Regardless, I am now sentimental about the tree, the silly saw blade, and the yellow ribbon.

Just thought you would want to know.

6 comments:

Tanya said...

Such a wonderful story. I know you guys miss Jonathan dearly and can't wait to hold him in your arms again. Praying for your family always. You are all so dear to our hearts.

brantley said...

I love the yellow ribbon! I had actually asked Jonathan once why there was a saw blade sticking out from the tree. He is very proud of it. :)

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

As a boy mama, this post so speaks to my heart. I love that the saw blade is sticking out of your tree...love that they put it back after you removed it...and that you honor your beautiful soldier by tying a yellow ribbon on it. You are precious...and so is your family...

Bless you, dear friend...

Susan said...

What a beautiful post! I love it that you have these two reminders of your soldier.

Hope you have a great week!

Susan

Tricia said...

What a sweet story... thanks for sharing! The things that bring back sweet memories to us that no one else would understand...

Blessings!

Once A Mother said...

praying for the safety of your soldier.