A good man, his wife, and one of their dogs

February 28, 2014 | My Jottings

Our daughter Sharon has been saying for a long while that she wanted to take some pictures of the grandchildren with Grandpa. So last week she arranged for Carolyn to bring her four children over, and Sharon brought her own four, and she set up a little spot in our bedroom for a makeshift studio.

One by one the kids came in, sat on grandpa’s lap, gave him hugs and kisses, and smiled for the camera, and I look forward to seeing the proofs when Sharon is done editing them.

At the very end she had Michael and me sit on the edge of our bed for a mini-photo session of our own. She’s a great photographer and knows how to almost effortlessly direct you to lift your chin, turn your head, clean your nose, pick the spinach from your teeth and so on.

I haven’t seen all the pictures she took of Michael and me yet, but this is the one she liked best, and sent to me last week. Millie photo-bombed the shot, but that is so entirely like Millie it just seems right. She’s always trying to be the center of attention in our house.


Millie seems to be saying, “This is my best side, I’ll stand still and look toward the window while you get a good shot.”

Michael seems to be saying, “Hello wife.”

Inside I’m really thinking, “This is the man who rescued me and shows me how to trust Jesus, live in grace, and suffer with patience and dignity.”

I hope  you all have a blessed weekend…


  1. Helen in Switzerland says:

    Wonderful. Just wonderful!

  2. Roberta says:

    There is no mistaking real love. God bless you, Michael, and your children, for witnessing to love for us in this photo.

  3. Just Julie says:

    Helen and Roberta…thank you for stopping by here and always leaving your welcome comments. XOXO

  4. Ganeida says:

    What a glorious photo! May you all be abundantly blessed.

  5. connie says:

    That picture is so great! It radiates joy, evident in all 3 of your faces. What a treasure you have.

  6. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for your loving comment, Connie…hugs to a sis of a sis xo

  7. Kay in Cornwall says:

    Hello Julie
    Sorry to hijack your blog to contact you, but our internet at home is still down and I’m typing this from Alan’s kindle in hospital using their internet.
    Alan’s own factor 8 level has dropped to 0%, maybe because of the new medication they’ve been using. This is very worrying.
    The doctors are going to contact the main haemophilia centre in Oxford to see about bombarding Alan’s system with masses of factor 8 to see if they can overcome the antibodies.
    It looks like they’re running out of options.
    We would be so very grateful if your lovely readers would pray yet again for my darling husband. My heart is sad, but God is surely supporting us – I would be a weeping, quivering mess if it weren’t for Him.
    Love to you and yours

  8. Kay in Cornwall says:

    Sorry Julie, I’m so wrapped up in our own little bubble that I didn’t even comment on your beautiful photo!
    The picture is wonderful in that it gives us an insight into your lovely personalities and the completeness in your marriage.
    Plus, Mildred is showing what a pro she is at (almost) stealing the show! What a luvvie! 🙂

  9. Just Julie says:

    Dearest Kay,

    I’m so glad you’ve left all this information here, so others can pray too. What a trial you and Alan are walking through. I ask the Lord for a miracle, and will keep praying for you both… xoxo

  10. Marcia says:

    This photo makes me cry, Julie. With grief for what you’re both living through, with gratitude for what you have. Just a beautiful, beautiful picture.

  11. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for your words of compassion, Marcia. I’m always happy when I see you here. Wish we could visit face to face. xoxo

  12. Shari C. says:

    Beautiful picture, Julie….so full of timeless love!!

  13. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Shari… xoxo

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