Rejoicing, Recovering, Relaxing, Remembering with Respect

The night before we came home from our mountain cabin makeover marathon, we found out a dear friend of ours passed away. He had battled cancer for a long time, and Monday the Lord decided it was time for his suffering in this life to end. He leaves behind a beautiful wife and 5 adult boys. But what most will remember about him was his infectious passion for the Lord. He mirrored God’s glory in a way none of us will ever forget.


Then, on our way home, we found out another long-time friend passed away as well. We all called her “Precious Ruby,” and that she was. She had just turned 92, but always joked saying, “I’m too young for medicare and too old for men to care!” Although she never married, she knew how to love, laugh and have fun. Tom and I are busy helping to plan the reception and dinner for the family. We will miss Precious Ruby as will all who knew her. But to think of her rejoicing and finally dancing with her bridegroom in Heaven…now that’s a picture I want to keep forever.

Ruby dancing

And on a happier note, our niece’s baby shower for her third child/first son is Saturday. That’s right…two funerals and a baby shower. It’s a reminder of the life we’re all called to. God is in the details of cabin restoration, funeral and baby preparations. Whatever it is we’re facing, whether rejoicing, recovering, relaxing or remembering with respect; He longs to walk with us through the joy and the pain. He wants to teach us things in the moment we might otherwise miss.

It helps to have another who shares the same road with us. As married couples we have one another to lean on when we grow weary. It is a gift!

And today we want to finally share with you the gift we’ve been given by God. It’s Barefoot Cabin. It’s a beautiful place where we can invite others to come, kick off their shoes and relax. It’s a place where we can host retreats for couples, ladies, and for whomever else God leads.

Following is a video for you to see and enjoy. To those of you who have prayed for us during this time, we thank you! We can’t wait to see what God has in store for this place we have prepared. If you are interested in rental information–click here!

About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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4 Responses to Rejoicing, Recovering, Relaxing, Remembering with Respect

  1. lorilowe says:

    It’s gorgeous. You’ve done a terrific job with the place. Congratulations!


  2. Our hearts go out to you because of the friends you will not be able to hug again (except in your memories) on this side of heaven. But what rejoicing in heaven there is now and what rejoicing there will be again some day when you meet again in the most beautiful setting ever –God’s home, prepared for each of you. Although, your Barefoot Cabin sure seems like a scene from heaven. We’re so thrilled for you –what a gorgeous gift from the Lord. May the Lord bless that precious place and the both of you, as you share it with many who need to kick back and enjoy.

    We pray the reception dinner goes well and that there’s a lot of rejoicing beyond the tears because of the life you were privileged to share with Precious Ruby. And a baby shower –what fun and what joy to celebrate the anticipation of a sweet baby soon to be delivered into this world to a family and friends who will love him or her! May your weekend be blessed. Love you guys!


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