Being an exhorter I usually use my blog as a way to hopefully be a help or an encouragement to others, but today I need you to help me.
I have had a lot of change in my life in the last few months. I love to do the LORD's work, and I love my family. For the last 26 years I have poured myself into Steven, Elisabeth, Rebekah, Daniel, Hannah, Rachel, Tim, then add Wes, then Trey, next Addy, and now Brogan. I have been like a mother bear, training my children and fending off any dangers. I am proud of all of them. I have been a keeper at home for my entire career as a wife and mother. I have totally enjoyed home educating them. I love my charges fiercely. I was never away from them for long until our 10 days in Israel this spring. We were home for a couple of weeks and then were asked to go to Grand Cayman for a month. This meant being away from the children again. When we returned home we knew that it was only for a month and we'd be taking all but Wes and Elisabeth's family back with us to the island to live. Big change 1. move to an island in the Caribbean. Heart wrenching change, say goodbye to Wes, Elisabeth, Trey, Addy and Brogan. When I see things I think, "I wish I could show this to my grandchildren. I wish I could give this to my grandchildren, I wish I could hold my grandchildren." etc. I cry and it comes from way down inside.
Today Steven and Daniel flew back to the States to do a couple of jobs. Daniel had cancelled a lot of his work to come to Cayman with us, but there were a couple of jobs he felt he should not cancel. He and Steven will work together. I have cried for 3 days about them going,even though they will be back down here with us in a month.
In 20 days the rest of us will fly back to the States and I will say goodbye to Rebekah. She will be marrying Michael Morgan and they will be living in MD near Wes and Elisabeth. We will be together again for five days. We'll be running in different directions but we'll all be there. Rebekah will marry on the 17th. We will return to Cayman on the 19th. We may see Michael and Rebekah for a little while one day the following week as their cruise ship stops on Grand Cayman for a few hours. I believe Steven and Daniel will be back on the 23rd.
In a few months Steven will marry Anna Smith and move to TN. A few months after that Daniel plans to marry Delilah Capps. They also plan to live in TN. I am so happy that the children have grown and matured and several have met the love of their lives. I am grateful that they have goals they are working toward and that they want to serve the LORD. They were trained for this time. All of this doesn't keep the parting from being painful however.
I am crying so hard and so much that I am tired. I'm doing work in between rests.
Here's what I need you to do. Please pray for me.
A few interesting things from the island: at stores you often see a sign in the window that says "top up here." This means you can add minutes to your phone card in this store.
Yesterday we went out to get some thread. It began to rain. When we arrived at the store the water was over my ankles and as we waded into the store my skirt got wet up to my knees. :) Since I love to get wet, that was great fun!
The least we have paid for milk here has been around $5 US. The most we have paid was $10.50 US. We buy the whole milk and pour it into 2 jugs and fill it with water.
Have a blessed day.
P.S. Steve knew I was having a rough time. Several of us have been. When he returned from the church this evening he took us to the beach and took us out snorkeling. We saw some beautiful fish, some the size of your hand or larger. It hardly seems possible that we can drive a mile and wade into the ocean. It also seems unlikely that we could see such beauty--fish that are various mixtures of black, almost neon blue, nearly neon yellow, red, white, purple, etc. We saw yellow sea fans, black sea urchins, coral and sponges. It's a little scary for me when I get out over my head but the family stays by me. I like the security of being able to stand up if I want to. :)
Anyway, I'm thankful to have such a thoughtful husband and such caring supportive children.
Thank you all for praying for us.
We all love you all.
Jerry wrote 1058 Days Ago (neutral)0
It is definitely a hard time to have to let go. The joys of motherhood, having little ones running in the home and poof their big and ready to start their own family- when the loneliness comes, take out a journal and write a happy moment you had with one of them when they were little- something funny or cute or precious and instead of hurting or crying you can have a time of laughing and praising the Lord for the blessings He gave to you and Mr.Corbett! You are loved and terribly missed here, we will and are praying for you!!!!0 points
ashleighg wrote 1062 Days Ago (positive)1
Mrs. Corbett, praying for you..hope you enjoy the beauty of God's creation under the sea..;o) I can only imagine what you are going through!! I know you know..this too shall pass...and what an exciting adventure you are beginning! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR HEART!! You are very loved and fondly thought of!!1 point
Sam wrote 1062 Days Ago (neutral)0
Praying for you!!
Remember when Jesus was telling his diciples he was getting ready to leave them, he told them to not worry b/c he will not leave them comfortless. Lean on your Comforter, He will see you thru.
Jn 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you....Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid"
There will be a big hug waiting for you when you get home next month
Love you!!1 point
Jan wrote 1063 Days Ago (neutral)0
Awwwwww...wow! I will certainly be praying lots for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just reading your post makes me cry. So much so quickly! I will be praying for God to give you lots, and lots of strength!!! Every time that you cross my thoughts I will stop and pray for you! That is alot, too...I think of you often. I love you lots and I wish there was a way for me to carry this burden for you, because I would! Love you!1 point
Judy wrote 1063 Days Ago (positive)1
I will definitely be praying for you! For some reason, just a few minutes ago, I had, I don't know how to explain it, but something just kept bothering me about praying for you... I was just about to go finish getting ready for soul-winning tonight, when I got on here right quick and saw this! I love you! And I hope you have a really nice week even though all I this is happening! I can't wait to see you! :)1 point