Her quiet strength was being forged and tested in the crucible of life. If Virginia could have chosen to accept or discard all the changes that came her way, she gladly would have let most of them pass right by. She loves her life on the farm with her husband and children, not far from her parents and her grandparents. But a change that is tearing at her heart is the steady physical decline in Grandma Marty and Grandpa Clark. She cannot imagine their home without their welcoming smiles and their words of wisdom that arise from decades of life experiences and a solid faith in God. Their lovely daughter Mindy, who has blessed their home ever since Virginia's wayward friend Jenny, Mindy's biological mother, left the tiny child with them, has been encouraged and guided to pray for that mother all these years. When a desperate Jenny returns to reclaim her child, is God answering prayer, or is the worst nightmare any family could face now upon them? Virginia is not sure she has the strength to truly become like gold refined. Will her heart ever find the peace she yearns for?
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Virginia is completely overwhelmed with the circumstances in her life. Losses loom on the horizon: elderly grandparents who can no longer stay on the family farm; her nephew Slate, who longs to leave for a home of his own; her brother Danny and his wife, who leave for Kenya; and Mindy, whom Virginia has raised as her own daughter but who may be torn away from the ones she loves by a cold-hearted birth mother.
"That's how life is," Virginia tells Mindy. "Things just keep being... different." Virginia has always dreaded and fought change. Now, can she embrace it?
In this fourth volume of the Prairie Legacy series, bestselling author Janette Oke gently opens a window into the life of a close-knit family trying to find its way through bewildering times. In her own quiet-paced, inimitable style, she examines the role that change plays in our lives and how we are shaped--or broken--by it. Longtime fans of this inspirational author will find no big shocks or surprises here. Just vintage Oke. --Cindy CrosbyFrom the Inside Flap:
The small figure reached for another dinner plate and began the drying process, but her mind seemed distracted as the towel went round and round, drying the same spot over and over. Virginia was totally unprepared when Mindy looked up and asked, "Did my other mama love me?" Virginia felt the air leave her lungs. What in the world could she say to that? She could notwould notlie to the child. They had never lied to Mindy. She had grown up knowing that she had another set of parents. They were never referred to as the "real" mother and father but always the "other" mother and father. It had been explained that her father had been killed in a car accident, that her mother was living in another city, very sad over the loss. The facts, after once presented, were never discussed unless Mindy brought them up, then her few questions were answered in a matter-of-fact, non-evasive manner. But this? This had never come up before. Virginia's mind scrambled for satisfactory words. Honest words. What could she say? Would it destroy her daughters newly awakened faith? "Let's sit downand talk," she began, her words faltering, her hand on Mindy's shoulder. "It's okay," said Mindy. "We can finish the dishes." How could Virginia answer their daughters incredibly complex question?
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