Thursday, March 16, 2006

"Daaaaaddddddy..."

Anyone who reads this little journal of mine knows that Kevin is currently out of town for several, count them, 7, weeks. We have just completed three of those weeks and amazingly enough, we are doing quite well. I must say though that I'm pretty much over it. I realize every time that Kevin is out of town, whether it's three days or three weeks, that even though we can function without him, we are never as good as when we're with him. Hmn... Could there be a lesson here?

Makenzie,3, has been known in the last few weeks to just cry out "Daaaddddy" in this wailing, heart-broken cry that would break Kevin in half if he were to hear her. She keeps saying, "I just want him to come home, I just want him to come home." Hmn... Another lesson here?

Here's counting down the next 7 days until we see our Daddy at my parents' house. It will be almost as good as "coming home."

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Happy Anniversary

I think this is the first anniversary Kevin and I have spent apart. We've been married for 12 years and have been together for 20, actually 19 1/2. Are we old or what? Our relationship hasn't always been a "bed of roses", but whose is? When you meet someone at 18, date, date others, date again, go to a small college where everyone knows if your dating or dating others, it can be difficult to maintain a relationship that propels you into a lifetime together;however, we did.

I believe that God brought us together and through many difficult life circumstances early in our relationship so that we could not just survive, but flourish, in even more difficult circumstances of adulthood. Kevin and I have "grown up" together and we have been through things that have imprinted on our hearts forever. We are so thankful for the friendship, love, loyalty, sense of humor, freedom, and spirituality that holds us together.

God has blessed us, in good times and bad, more than we could've imagined 12, 15, 20 years ago, and I am so thankful.

Happy Anniversary, Kevin.

Monday, March 06, 2006

It's A Great Day

Even though I said I was taking a break, I will still blog occasionally and allow myself the freedom to not do it often. When there's good news to share, it's impossible for this mouth of mine to stay quiet.

We made it through our first full week minus one daddy, and we did better than just survive. It was an extremely busy week, and we did great even with all the activity. The girls are amazingly sensitive to the fact that Mommy works twice as hard at night when dad is not here. God has given each of them gifts that make my job easier.

Our worship yesterday morning was so powerful and just what I needed. Sometimes I just need to sit and be still and listen to God speak through the trials and success of His children. Our small group met last night for the first time in a while. I am encouraged every time we get together. Our group has no less than nine kids every time we meet, sometimes as many as 11, and as they run around in the back and upstairs, we imagine them getting together with their own families someday. What a legacy the Lord gives us.

The best news of the day is that Ira Hays is improving and Joe and Laura held him for the first time in 10 weeks. Thank You, Lord. Thank you. We are filled with hope and confidence as God continues to work mightily in this family.

Our own baby boy continues to do well. It's hard to believe that in four months he'll be with us. The whole thing is amazing. I'm feeling great. Thank God mountain cedar season is OVER. I am finally able to sleep again! This baby is the answer to so many prayers from so many people and I am overwhelmed that God has given us the desire of our heart.

My brother and sister in law continue to do better every day as they adjust to life without Adam. God continues to work out wonderful things in their lives even amidst losing their son so tragically. One of the greatest blessings has been in Joe's life. Joe is the precious friend of Adam who was driving the truck when he fell asleep. He lives with my brother and family and is like a son to them. Joe has been so burdened by Adam's death and until recently did not have a relationship with the Lord that would rescue him from his despair. God has worked through many people who love Joe to bring him into a relationship with our Savior. Last Wed. night, at Adam's favorite beach, Joe was baptized by my brother in front of a "great cloud of witnesses". Adam and even Adam's death have changed forever the hearts and souls of all of us, especially Joe.

We talked yesterday in our class about miracles. Do they still exist? Does the Holy Spirit work the same today as in the New Testament churches?

I'd have to say....Without a doubt.... YES.