January 31, 2014

A Farewell Daybook

For Today

The last day of January 2014
 and the last entry of our cherished

Santos Times

Outside our window...

A typical Puget Sound day...grey, white, melancholy, hints of blue sky teasing.

I am thankful...

For the wonderful season writing The Santos Times has been for me.

More than Six Years!

I am thankful for having recorded such important lessons learned and happy memories that may have been forgotten if not for this blog.

I am thankful for all of YOU who went on this journey with me, and with Mr. Santos and our children.

I am wearing...

My pajamas.

Yes, it's the middle of the day and I am still in my pajamas.

Soon, I will change into a black skirt and a black/white polka dot blouse.
I think my pearl earrings will go well.

I have an appointment at the courthouse...the dreaded, monstrous, courthouse, with grumpy workers, a hovering cloud that chants doom and gloom and echoes of pounding gavels through it's halls.

From the kitchen..

Whatever can be had.

Sophia made breakfast this morning. What a treasure she is!
Breakfast burritos, cinnamon toast, apples, and lots of tea for Mom.

Thank you, Lovey!

I am learning...

To fly.

What do you think about that?

I think it is scary. It's a long drop...What if that is all I do? Fall down to my death? In fact, I've never been more scared in my life. I am on the edge. I have no idea what lies ahead of me, but I do have this promise:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

I am creating...

Stories...little treasures to pass on to my children.
I am going... 

To rejoice and again, I say REJOICE!

Bring out the guitar, the violins, the piano...let us rejoice and be glad in this day, in the LORD! in the hope we have.

I am remembering...

My family...My husband...the five of us together looking forward to a future together.

Isn't it amazing that happy memories bring such pain?

We all share this bond, don't we?

I am reading...

Forgotten God by Francis Chan; a very light read, encouraging with lots of "pictures". It is not as meaty as Holy Spirit of the Bible by Brandon and Desiree Elrod. I will also begin Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis.

I am hearing....

Miss Ready teaching Naomi and Noah a poem.
(A Beka Academy)

The ticking of my clock.

Around the house...


I will give the house a good cleaning this weekend.

A quote to share...

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you!"

Some of my favorite things...


Phone calls



A new inbox message

I will miss you!

A few plans for the rest of the month...

A trip to California.

Train certain young people to stop calling me Mrs. Santos.
What should they call me? Laura? Miss Laura? Ms. Santos?

Continue with the Lord with open eyes for what He would like to show me.

Oh, and color my hair. I have decided I'm too young for so much grey.

I am hoping...

You will leave me a farewell comment.

A picture thought to share:

I wish you all many happy and full adventures! That you would be filled with the knowledge and fullness of God. Thank you for your friendship and your encouragement over the years. If I ever come back to blogging, I will invite you over.

God bless you good!

(You can enjoy other daybooks HERE)


  1. It always seems *too soon* when good things come to an end. I will be thinking of you -- and missing your cheery posts!

    May God continue to be your Strength & Shield <3

    1. I'll still come and visit you on occasion, Melanie. You have been such a big part of the Santos Times. Thanks for sticking with me through all my ups and downs.

  2. A new chapter, I know... still this makes me sad. May God be with you and your family. You are stronger than you realise. But you will realise it one day.

    1. Thank you Kelly for your encouragement. I know, through your blog and your comments that you are a strong woman. It would be a joy to meet you in person. God bless you and your family and I'm sure we will connect again, somehow.

  3. Oh boy, tears fill my eyes as I think of the dare-I-say-adventure you've been on. I know you're closing this blog door--not, I hope, before you save all your posts to a thumb drive-- BECAUSE you may need some of them for one of the books you will write! I am eager to watch you slide down the other side of this mountain of grief and guess who will be there to catch you...yes, your loving Abba Father! (Betty)

    1. Love you Betty! You have met such a need in me, especially since Mom died. Yes, I will keep the blog posts for the children and for my future writing.

  4. What?! Don't go.

    Hugs, my friend.

    1. You will always be stuck with me, Michelle.

  5. wow, I haven't been following you long, and it is very sad Good things are going on for you. May God be with you and your new journey

    1. I know! We didn't really get to know each other. God be with you too. Thank you for all your kind and encouraging comments.

  6. Laura, I wish that I had found your blog sooner. I will keep you in my prayers and hope that somehow, someday I will find out how your life turns out (ultimately great, of course, but I mean here on earth).

    1. Thank you, Anna. You have been a blessing and as the Lord brings you to remembrance (I'll always have your comments) I will also pray for you.

  7. Oh Laura ~ I will truly miss your posts. You and your kiddos are so precious to Brian and me. Much love to you all.
    In Christ, Carla Campbell

  8. So sad to say farewell, you will be in my thoughts :))
    Take care and lean in to The Lord for all things.
    Blessings Joluise

  9. Wishing you all the best as you head onto new endeavours.

  10. Oh Laura, I will miss you *so much*, you and your kiddos, but I understand. I feel like we've walked a long road together in our blogging journey and I feel like I'm saying goodbye to a cherished friend and sister in Christ.

    You will fly. You will come through this and you will be stronger than ever. You will have to change the 'picture' of what you envisioned your future looking like, but God is an expert at turning ashes into beauty and I have NO DOUBT he's going to do the same for you and your precious kiddos.

    And YES go for the hair color.

    Love You sweet *friend*.

  11. Dear Laura, you're in my prayers. Please invite me if you begin blogging again. You have been a big blessing. I'm still learning from you. Your identity is defined through Christ alone. I will truly miss your posts so much. Actually I think your best posts are upcoming, as these trials sharpen you into the likeness of Christ more each day. True fellowship with Christ take place as we share in His suffering. God bless you sister. Miss you already~

  12. I will miss you, dear Laura. I have learned so much from you over the years and have been encouraged by your strength of character and warm spirit. You, daughter of the King, are precious in His sight and in mine. Fly high and free and with beautiful abandon knowing that He is holding you up. Farewell and Godspeed.

  13. What beautiful people you all are! Thank you for your kind comments and good wishes. I am greatly encouraged!

  14. You are so loved by so many Miss Laura! You have been a source of inspiration and challenge to me these many years as my dear friend. I have a appreciated your thoughts.and ached with you in your difficulties. You have been a reflection of Jesus to me. Would love to see you someday soon. Hugs.

  15. I suppose "all good things must come to an end". (I heard that in Mary Poppins, don't know the real origin of that quote, but I've heard it by my parents even before M.P.)

    I'm so very sorry you have to go. I think you are so very wise. I'm older than you and I'm learning things from you that I should be living and teaching myself! Take care sweet girl. Love you! I'll be praying for you.

    Oh! and my daughter works on Puget Sound. I live in Arkansas and have never been there. It does sound lovely.

  16. I love this blog! I hope you won't remove it....? I hope to read it all because you write so beautifully, like you are right in front of me and we are having this lovely little chat together. Life does have it's ups and downs doesn't it? I just read all of the comments here, and the comments are lovely too. I agree with them all, and I think what Thinklovliness said is so excellent "Your identity is defined by Jesus Christ alone" and "I think your best posts are upcoming, as these trials sharpen you into the likeness of Christ more each day" Yes, yes, YES! Amen! It all works together for good (Romans 8:28) and is used by the Lord for good things to come.

    I saw an old movie on my oldies station...the movie's title was "At First Sight" about a man who was blind most of his life from a disease that caused his blindness at a very young age. He falls in love with a woman who finds a doctor who is willing to perform a surgery that he thinks might reverse the problems which caused his blindness. The surgery is a success, but alas a temporary one. The Lord used this film to have me think about how life is like that. If I were faced with that situation, blindness, recovery, and then blindness again, how would I feel? Would I feel more hopeless after having a taste of what it is like to see and then have it taken away? Or would I be thankful for even that short space of wonderful blessed sight? And what about me? I do see, every day, and take it for granted! It had me think about the 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus and only one came back to say "thank you"....I am those other 9! I take so much for granted! But that is the nature of the flesh, isn't it? If I have, I want more. If something gets taken away, but I still have much to thank Jesus for, I whine about what was removed. I will say with Paul
    Romans 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
    Romans 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (KJV)

    Praying for you dear sweet Laura, and for your children, and for your lost husband too.

  17. I've just recently gotten a chance to get caught up with your blog. I'm sorry things are difficult. So often our dream life gets interrupted with reality. May the Lord ever protect you, lead & guide you as you travel on. Take care! Remember God is always with you, although sometimes He may be silent. HUGS! :-)

  18. Oh my friend you will be very, very missed! But to everything there is indeed a season and how wise of you to know when one has ended. Blessings to you and your family.


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