Thursday, January 31, 2008

Home is Where the Heart Aches

Let me explain the title. Tonight I've been thinking a lot about family, and about the impact my own family has had on my life. For me, wherever family is, that is home. And right now, my heart aches to be with all of the ones I love so dearly. In that same token, I do have my own little bit of family growing and living right inside of me which is such a blessing and a true gift from God.

I have also been thinking of how much I personally feel like my heart is intertwined with my brother, sisters, parents, husband, etc. Being a part of a family is such a blessing, and sometimes comes with its share of heart ache. When one of us is hurting, the rest of us ache with that person. On the flip side, when a family member is happy and blessed, we as fellow members of the family get to share in that same joy and happiness. I love being a part of such a wonderful family, and even though there are ups and downs, I feel extremely blessed to be a member of my family.

There is a piece of a song that has been running through my head all day. It goes something like this: ...There's a saying, that home is where the heart is, and my heart believes that it's true, but my home is so far away...I think of home when I'm tired and feeling lonely, I run to YOU, you're where my heart is. To me this speaks of the heart ache you feel for Heaven, our true home. Today, Aaron went by the grave sites of our sweet Gideon and Daniel. To think of my precious boys in Heaven stirs an indescribable ache within me to be able to join them, and I think that most people who have "lost" a dear one must feel that readiness to go home whenever the Lord calls them. I know I do.

Well, these were just some thoughts that I was having tonight. I love you, dear family of mine, and can't wait to see y'all again with the newest member of our ever growing family.


Dad said...


Your sweet words bring a joy to my heart that is indescribable... (but I'll do my best here)...

I couldn't agree more with your description of family and what it means. Through good, bad and ugly, we are family... there for each other... seeking the best for one another. And in that process there can certainly be heart aches... and also rich blessing!

Grace, you are one of the Lord's richest blessings in our family life! As our firstborn, you have blazed many trails for our children. I know your sisters and brother look up to you and your example in so many ways. I couldn't be more proud of you right now. The dedication you have shown to your Aldape family... your husband, your heaven-sent sons, your angel babies, and your "Sweet Baby Boy"... is greatly admired and serves as an inspiration to your entire family.

Thanks for writing from your heart. Home is where the heart is... and my heart is with you right now!



Mom said...

Dear Grace,

I'm sure glad God has put us together in our Pittman family and also our extended body of Christ family. It is an incredible blessing to come alongside each other and both share the joys and help bear the sorrows.

We enjoyed having Aaron here and sent him home with lots of love to give to you and the babe.

Can't wait to book my next trip down to CC.

Love ya,


Greta said...

Dear Gracie,

I always love reading all of your posts. And I especially love this one. My heart definitely aches to be with you right now! You will have to call sometime so that we can talk and catch up! I love you Gracie!