Saturday, December 31, 2016

Illness, the New Year, and Comfort

We made it through the holidays until January 31st.  No illness at Thanksgiving.  No sickness at Christmas.  Was it too much to hope we would make it through New Years Eve?! (Wink)

Jael has a fever and is curled up on the couch with a Popsicle.  Rachel didn't quite make it to the bathroom and I spent this morning cleaning vomit out of the carpet.  She's "trying" a Popsicle.  The good news is the symptoms (put all together) are not flu like.  We think Gabe may have had this already and we had written it off as too much milk (he's mildly allergic and had chocolate during Christmas).

Our big hope (and prayer truthfully) is that we keep this from Timothy who will be traveling for his first surgery next week.  Of course this is in addition to our littles getting well quickly.

So our plans for today changed.  The family game night we have every year (that carries on tomorrow) has to change.  We can't expose pregnant blessings, new born gifts, and extended family to this virus.  We have to keep Timothy and Ben away from sickies (both with surgeries early in the month).

We're pretty flexible though and everyone kind of just goes with the flow.

This year has been eventful, a gift, and truthfully, rough.  We have had beauty of our family expanding by three.

Tom and Elizabeth were married.  Next year 
a new little one will join them!

The first moment we met our newest son Timothy.

Our son-in-love and daughter with our newest granddaughter Isabella Grace.

We have had a painful situation where we found that not everyone walking with us walked with beautiful hope or complete truth.

We had someone we love with all our hearts make a painful decision that effected many.

We have struggled with figuring out where the next funds will come from for our adoption.

We took our first trip to Philadelphia without knowing how in the world we could do it.

YET, in all these things God taught us.  He taught us to rely on Him.  He taught us that we as humans are all fallible and not to make our foundation based on humans, but make our foundation on THE Rock...our GOD.  He taught us forgiveness in a greater way.  He taught us faith in a greater way.  He taught us who HE will raise up is not always who we expect.

I can honestly say I am thankful for hard.  Do I chase it? No, I admit I don't want hard....but I think I do chase being uncomfortable.

Our only comfort needs to be in our Rock, our Savior.  The rest, if we are following Him in a world where we truly don't belong, I don't think should be particularly comfortable.  Yes, there is a comfort in following HIM, because HE is our home.

"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." Philippians 3:20-21 (emphasis added)

I know I grow when challenged, we all do.

May New Year be a year of growth.  May it be a year where we grow in God, step forward doing things where we have to SOLELY  rely on Him, and cross that Grand Canyon on a tightrope, knowing only HE can catch us.

Happy New Year friends!


There are only ten hours left in the New Year.  Please continue to join us in prayer for our adoption...that $8450 may come in by the end of this year (what is needed for the next step in the adoption).  That the adoption may be fully funded by the end of January.   He will move whatever mountain HE wishes.

We cannot see the future, but this is a bit of our tightrope.  God has got us...and our girls across the world.

Please also pray for Ben and Timothy's surgeries throughout the month of January.  For the surgeries to go wonderfully, have the best possible outcome and for one of the hospitals to work with us on financing.

Finally, please keep Alyssa in your prayers.  She is the 14 year old daughter of friends who has cancer throughout their brain. She is a gift from God and HE has given them a miracle, whether it is a short time or long, please pray.

Thank you for joining us on this crazy journey we call life!

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