November is always such a crazy month for us! While most of the world is preparing for Thanksgiving and shopping for Christmas, our family celebrates MANY birthdays this month, prepares for Nutcracker, attends the Nutcracker Ball, and THEN Thanksgiving is here and then Christmas is fast approaching! GASP!
This year, we had a pause in all of the activity that fills our lives.....a time to pause and pay our respects to my step-father, Stephen Fox-Vincent. He passed away on Monday, Nov. 3rd, after a 10 month battle with lung cancer. My mom had written in her journal not too long back that "if God would choose to take him now, it would be in the Fall". During this beautiful time of year, where the world seems to glow with color and the splendor of God's creation, we remembered Stephen this past Friday, and got together with family and friends to recall the dear blessings in our lives. This November, all of the craziness just seems to have subsided. We have tuned into God's hand on our lives, to the many blessings we celebrate, to the family we have gotten to enjoy so much more than we normally do, to the friends that have blessed our lives...past and present...and have stopped and really taken in God's Glory here on this earth. Just like the prayer we all know says.....this really is Heaven on Earth! It reminded us to sit longer, laugh harder, hold tighter and love deeper. We will miss you, Grampy. We know you are at peace now and are healed from this world's pain....and enjoying this beautiful Fall from a different view this year.