I realized that I only saw Bob for 33 days in 2010 - we were together for the first two weeks in January and then Bob went to Mali for the West Africa Ministry Team meeting with CRWRC. We then had two weeks together in Ghana before I traveled to Liberia/Cote d'Ivoire for two weeks; we had two days together again and then Bob left for Nigeria. Then a day and a half together again before he died.
After that, there was a loud crack in the atmosphere and the rest of the year is a blur. It's amazing that anything got done at all. I have pictures for what happened for the next nine months but it really has been a blur. The blog attests to ongoing work and life. That I still have a job and that work was done is only from God.
I am thankful that even though we don't know what 2011 holds for us, we do know Who holds 2011. I'm thankful that we have the opportunity, through forgiveness, to start this new year without guilt or anxiety, looking to the Shepherd to lead us. May God grant each of you a blessed year in 2011.
Here are some pictures that didn't make it to the blog.
|Picture of Bob in Mali in January 2010. If you knew Bob, you would appreciate that he is being "tongue-in-cheek" whenever you see him pointing to some sort of scenery in a picture. Obviously he didn't have to point at the scenery behind him:-).|
|The last picture I have of him. I have no idea who the man is with him. Taken March 18 just before leaving Nigeria to return home.|
|When we scattered his ashes, I scattered the rose petals and daisy on top of the ashes, before placing the tree on top.|
|After the ash ceremony, Hannah and I share a hug at Lake Michigan - near Bliss, Michigan - one of Bob's favorite spots.|