Hills of Heaven

My husband and I traveled to the California wine country for a work conference last November. The things we do for his career.

One afternoon, our group had lunch at Kuleto Estate situated high on a steep, rocky hill. Looked out over vineyards afire with fall color. The sky seemed larger. Our feet lighter.

our view from Kuleto Estate

Dined outdoors on the side of the mountain at a long table. Ate vegetables picked fresh from the gardens that morning, delectable meats and desserts prepared by the resident chef. It was so perfect, I kept looking for Martha Stewart to step out from behind a tree.

Couldn’t help but think this must be what heaven is like. Friends, food, fresh air, mountains, vineyards, olive trees.

That day left me longing for a place where I’d be with everyone I loved, eating and talking and laughing. Savoring each moment, followed by ten thousand upon ten thousand more. Finally safe. Finally home.

On the way back to our bus, we passed a pen of poultry. It was there I came face to face with a most majestic creature.

Heaven is filled with laughter that satiates the soul. I just know it is.

The best of the now is a hint of what’s to come. An assurance of the place He has for us.

Meet me there. One day, meet me there.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4 NIV

Going Home by Sara Groves: I’ll meet you at the table.

mr. potato turkey

Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers.
I am thankful for you.

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13 Responses to Hills of Heaven

  1. Teresa

    Aimee, I love and miss your laugh. I long and look forward to heaven as well. I have been getting a huge dose of study on the very subject lately. I’ve been leading a Beth Moore study on Revelation and our Sunday School class is reading Heaven by Randy Alcorn. It is unimagineable. Hope you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We love you.

    • We love you too. And we miss you and your laughter. We’ve spent some of those perfect days with you and Greg, laughing, eating, and most recently, fishing. The miles between us break my heart, but ah, the promise of heaven and the end of all the separations…

  2. Sara Gianettino

    I enjoyed your message today. That’s what we’re living for. I love you and think of you often. Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving with your family.
    Aunt Sara

    • I love you, Aunt Sara. That is what we’re living for. One of these years, we’re going to make it to your house for Christmas Eve dinner. Until then, have a great Thanksgiving and kiss all your beautiful kids and grandkids for me!

  3. Joy

    Abslutely, Aimee! The beauty that we are in for is unfathomable. We get little glimpses every now and then of what awaits in His kingdom. You wrote it perfectly! Happy thanksgiving, I am thankful that I found your blog :-)

  4. No way could anyone have said this any better my friend. I long for the same. These are the messages from the Bible that makes waiting to see our loved ones again bearable. I never dreamed I could make it without my Mom, but God has shown me that this is just a dress rehearsal. She is not gone, but only waiting patiently. We are lucky to know Him. God bless you and your dear family Aimee, and please know that I value your friendship and look forward to a day when we, too, can catch up and grow closer….Here on Earth or in Heaven. You guys be safe and have a wonderful Holiday season. Love to you all,


  5. Simply beautiful. I am thankful for this reminder to take in the beauty surrounding me. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Beautiful words as always Aimee! Your laugh on the video is wonderful to hear. I love California and farmers and turkeys. And I can’t wait for glorious heaven!

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