I talk to my dad and send him a photograph nearly every day. When he opened this one he said, "That looks a little like heaven on earth."
"It feels that way too, dad. The only thing that would make it more so would be if you were here."
We talked awhile longer. Nothing earth shattering... just warm, loving and easy. We talked mostly about how this is just a stop on the way to where we are going. It's temporary. The older we grow together, the more I understand how very true that is.
There are so many things I am grateful for. The people who share this place with me. The loved ones far away, who know how to love with an unconditional love that is never ending and the biggest blessing to my heart. I really love you dad. You are the best indication in my life, that there is a God in heaven, preparing a place for me. And as beautiful as our home is... it's just a stop on the way to where we are going. Best part is... you'll be with me in the next place... and I will never have to say goodbye again.
I can see God's face. It's around me everywhere. And I'm not afraid, because I know.