Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.




Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Roads Ended in Rome



If you have followed me on this journey, you know I felt like I was in a movie.  Everything that happened was literally surreal.  I am still processing all that happened and all God did in my heart.


We ended our movie script with the final scene.  Our son and daughter-in-law sent us to enjoy Rome for a day.  Now to try to do Rome in a day...it just can't be done.  We tried.  Benjamin ran those little legs off and never once complained.  We started on foot at 11:00 am and returned to the hotel around eight.  We had done all we could in Italy.  Benjamin and Stephen were taken in by all that they saw.  We were all just speechless.





It had all started with the invitation.  I cried when it arrived, believing I would never get to go.  It ended when I picked up the sack I had not read at the wedding.  What can I say?  There was nothing left undone.  My son and daughter-in-law had sealed it with a kiss. They had honored us by having our names put on the sack.
  The tears of joy, the tears of inexplicable gratefulness just flowed as I read the sack...

To leave without using the phrase I have used in past blog posts when I felt God just reached down, placed His hand on us and I needed to applaud... well, here it is in the BIGGEST TEXAS ACCENT of PRAISE and APPLAUSE...


BRAVO GOD!!!

22 Joining in with more words:

Theresa said...

How exciting! Rome looks so beautiful and the wedding must have been breathtaking. Congratulations! What a blessing to see the Lord's work in your family! (((Hugs)))

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

Gee -- oh my goodness - indeed a once in a life time experience and wow weeeeeee what adventure -- So thrilled for you and totally thrilled for your family as well..

God bless
Hugs

Christine said...

Before I comment, I have to let you know that I got my Kleenex before I opened your blog post!

Rome...the architecture...wow!
Great way to end your trip, with such history and beauty.

The thoughtfulness, with every step,PERFECT. To be able to experience such a Love Trip is like a dream. And to think you had a lot your family with you!

I'm big on memories and this will stay with everyone for ever!

I'm so happy for you!


Pom Pom said...

How wonderful! The photos are stunning and YOUR grateful heart is a blessing!

Debbie said...

Well what an unbelievable, wonderous experience this was for ALL of you! Kind of like a fairy tale come true! To see all of that history and beauty is just soo awesome. Again, so happy for you!

Debbie said...


Janette, as I read through all of these and then today's post, I got the warm feeling of satisfaction that you only get when something comes directly from God. The whole thing would have been wonderful beyond belief standing alone, but to have it timed exactly as it was, after the end of a terrible, horrible, very bad no good year in OTHER ways, it rises to the level of awe inspiring.

And to think that you still have two grandmother adventures left to go. God has taken you on a roller coaster ride for sure and for certain. I don't know if I've ever participated in anything quite like it.

You're right: Bravo God!!!

Nikki (Sarah) said...

I think back to some of your posts when you guys were struggling to make ends meet and look what He planned for you!!!!! The most incredible adventure ever. Reading your journey is total inspiration.

Sue said...

Yes, "Bravo God"!!! Oh the memories that have been tucked away in your heart, they will carry you and your family forever through the good times and the not so good times.We are told in Scripture to tell our children, and their children of God's faithfulness, And dear lady what a story you have got here to tell!!
Love,
Sue

Farm Girl said...

How wonderful and I am so very happy for you. When you were going through all that you have gone through did you ever dream that God would have this special surprise waiting for you?
God is so wonderful to give you such a gift. I am so glad you got to see Rome. I was hoping you would.

podso said...

What a wonderful ending to this real fairy tale...and it looks like you saw a lot in Rome for one day, I'm guessing you will be processing this all for quite along time in your mother heart!

Angel said...

I'm sitting here smiling with tears in my eyes and my heart is shouting "Bravo God" right along with you!

Thank you for sharing this amazing journey with all of us. It's been a blessing.

Sonja Goodson said...

Did you feel goose bumps as you walked around in Rome? I do, just hearing about it. What a thrill!!!

Sharon said...

How wonderful! Janette, the teacher in you must have been so excited to visit all these places with so much history attached to them. And the designer in you must have been fascinated by the art and architecture!

I'm hoping that you will soon include pictures of the bride and groom, etc. I'm especially excited to see the photos of the beautiful mother of the groom, whose face and heart reflect a good and mighty Lord.

In California *accent* - "Like, Bravo God. Totally."

(My attempt at cool California surfer talk!!)

GOD BLESS!

Sandy said...

This was a special time you will never forget. God worked so wonderfully and lovingly through those you love to bring this all about. You were shown the love and honor that you and your husband deserved. I am STILL SO HAPPY for you!!!
Hugs!

Vee said...

Such a an incredible experience for you and your family! It makes me smile when you applaud God. And all the people said, "Amen!"

Maryann said...

Beautiful Jeanette, did you have to keep pinching yourself during that trip, what a blessing. Just wonderful memories for your family. What a year you have had....and just think you have two more grand babies on the way to look forward to. i agree Bravo God!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Echoes of BRAVO!! God is so good. Rome is my favorite place I have ever visited. blessings ~ tanna

Angela said...

So many wonderful memories for you to treasure up and ponder! The Lord has been faithful and He will continue to be faithful to you. I look forward to seeing what else He will do:)

Debbie Petras said...

An amazing God; that's for sure. You had such an incredible experience. Who would have guessed? I have enjoyed reading all about this wedding. So glad you had the opportunity to go to Rome too.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Lea said...

Oh, what a fairytale orchestrated by our great and awesome God. I am just so thrilled for you and this wonderful experience. What a tribute to you and your husband! Sweetest blessings my friend!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

And to end it all in Rome! Oh my. It will be so hard to come back to plain old earth after that trip! Oh but the blessed memories. God is indeed good to His children in ways we can never imagine.

myletterstoemily said...

it makes me happy that it made you so
happy! a memory for a lifetime.

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