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.