Saturday, October 31, 2009

Joy Unspeakable


"You will grieve, but your grief will suddenly turn to wonderful joy." John 16:20

Oh friends, today is a day of wonderful joy. Dad is coming home after 8 months in the hospital. We pick him up this morning at 10AM and my sister is hosting a big turkey dinner tonight in celebration. I know I'll have many more pictures to share later today, but for now, I'll share our journey to bringing Daddy home. Thank you for standing by my side and praying me through countless days. Wish you could all join us tonight as we praise the Lord for all He has done. To God be the glory!

(I wish I knew how to put a song of my choice along with the pictures. I have provided a link to the song I wanted to accompany the slide show, but I'm afraid you'll have to listen to it separately. Sorry. Computer savvy I'm not.)

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Arriving at the hospital to pick up Dad.
Loading up the car.
One very happy Dad!
Aren't they cute!!!
First stop...Tim Horton's!
A lovely lunch at "Remember When" Tea Room in Brooklin.
Dad and I waiting for our scones and tea.
Outside the Tea Room.
Does this look familiar? My friend Carol decorated my garage door in a similar way when I returned from "She Speaks" last summer.
Daniel (my sister Japhia's son), Dad, Mom, Japhia, Sharon (sister).
Daniel, Dad,
Me, Dad, Japhia. It was soooo windy out!!!
Sharon checking out all of Dad's meds.
Preparing to cut off Dad's hospital bracelet that he has worn for 8 months. He looks nervous. Do you see the size of those scissors?
1...2...3...cut!!! As my sister Japhia said, Dad's identity was not in his hospital bracelet, but in the faithfulness of God.
Welcome Home Pa!! (Do you see the two faces peeking through the doors? Two grandsons!)
Smiles everywhere! Together again at last. We celebrated with a big turkey dinner. A belated Thanksgiving.
Ah....I can still feel that hug. Welcome home Dad...welcome home.

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Lutiemom said...

Ahhhh, Joy. What a beautiful testimony to God. The slide show and music was very touching. I rejoyce with you and your family on today's homecoming.


Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Welcome home to your Daddy! :)
Love the pictures! Enjoy his homecoming! What a miracle! Glory to God!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Mark this day down... well, I think you already have via this beautiful song, pictures, and words.

You've walked it well, sweet sister. Rejoicing with you and your family this day... all the way from down here!


Lori said...

Oh, Happy Day...Glory be to God. What an encouragement you have been Joy all these months...clinging to God each step of the way to get you through. Enjoy the moments today, and thank you so very much for sharing the beautiful song and pictures! Hugs, Lori - AZ

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Joy my Friend, I'm sure that today you are feeling that "Joy unspeakable and full of glory" as your Daddy finally comes back to his loving family!

Congratulations! And Enjoy!

Love ya, Mississippi

Laura said...

Oh, Joy! I rejoice with you today. Praise, praise, praise! Hallelujah!

Amy L Brooke said...

That is so cool!

I'm happy for you and your family!

Karen said...


Such beautiful pictures! My heart celebrates with you and your family this day! Do you have your father for long or is his stay short?

Still praying,


Lutiemom said...

I kept checking back to see if you put pictures on depicting the journey home....yeah!
This is so exciting!

Cheri Bunch said...

How great is our God! I am left speechless after looking through your pictures and slide show. Beautiful testimony, Joy! I believe the Lord loves opportunities to show off His stuff in the form of miracles. He looks as impossible situations as great opportunities for miracles. You and your family have walked through such a tough time, but I know that you have gained treasures that can only be gained in seasons of suffering. I am praising Him for you and yours. How great is our God!!! Love you! Cheri

~Grace and Peace said...

Welcome home, Joy's Dad! I love the pre-cutting of the bracelet picture. (He's a ham, too, isn't he?) God is so faithful! I bet He had a grin on His face when He was watching this scene. And 8 months ago, He knew this was going to happen. Praise God!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Love, love, LOVE the homecoming pictures !! I can see the JOY throughout the whole family at being united again! Praise the Lord for answered prayers! ! !

Love ya, Mississippi