2008 Keeps Bringing Surprises

Before I say anything else, I have always been drawn to Chrissy (Mamasmurf) – so upbeat, gracious and courageous.  Our family had been praying for her over the last year.  I was so sad to hear that she went home to be with the Lord.  I am rejoicing for her, but she will be sorely missed.  Please be praying for her family.

 

Dippy is doing well; he is really reaping the benefits of having eight bumsie stitches.  James and Emmiko must’ve felt left out because yesterday they both came down with temperatures of over 100 and 101.  I feel sort of bad because Emmiko had been telling me all day that she didn’t feel so well.  But I kept telling her, “Snap out of it, open your notebook and sit up and listen to me read”.  She finally found the thermometer and presented me with proof.  So she was sent to the invalid corner to lay down and play Nintendo with her brother.  And then later that night James started looking rather woozey, and sure enough, he’s got it, too.


But I do have to say I appreciate my kids getting all of their ailments and accidents out of the way now, because I don’t want anything to impede our Nov 7th trip.

 

And, in other news, I tell you the truth, 2008 will go down in history as a year of ever increasing blessings and gifts for our family.  Guess what I just found out?  Do you remember when my 16 year old birth son, Aaron, came out here to visit with his momsie?  We had such an incredible time with them, and when they left, they told us they would try and maybe plan another visit sometime next year…  Well, his mama emailed me earlier this week and they are making plans to come out next month to spend Thanksgiving with us!  My whole family is in an uproar of unmitigated glee.  This time his dad should also be able to make it. 

 

I am just amazed and overwhelmed with the gift of being able to know him, and for my kids to be able to know their brother.  I cannot express how special and how unexpected this has been for us.  The year is almost over and we have still *so* much to look forward to before it wraps up!

 

Thank you, God, for your abundant blessings.  Let me always remember your kindness, love and grace — during both times of trial and times of rejoicing. 

17 thoughts on “2008 Keeps Bringing Surprises

  1. I’m hapy for your Thanksgiving plans…all the rest bummed me out. *U*
    Really though, I think it is so cool that you talk about your firstborn. My husband found his birth mom when he was 21 or maybe 22, I can’t quite remember. It was really cool.

  2. Thanks for filling us in on Mamasmurf, i think it is important that even though we can’t personally comfort this family, we can as a community of believers and homeschoolers lift them up in prayer.

    As for your children, be sure to reward them kindly for getting sick together, because it sure isn’t convenient when we go through all the work of getting one better andd go to bed all happy it is over to have one standing by your bed in the middle of the night saying, “I don’t feel so good.” Hope they all recover quickly.

    Jenn, thank you also for including all of us in your year of blessings. It is a wonderful reminder to us all about the goodness and mercy of our Lord. I can’t wait to see all the pictures from Thanksgiving.

  3. I hope the invalids feel better very soon– too much Nintendo will at least erase a good week of book learning. I still can’t imagine stitches on my hiney. Ack! Just thinking about it makes me want to eat a gallon of ice cream!

    I am very excited about Aaron and his folks visiting for Thanksgiving! What a giganto blessing to be able to get to know each other better and just be together! I am SO happy for you, Jen!!!

    I am praying for Chrissy’s family. While our family has suffered great loss this year, I cannot imagine losing my spouse– or for my children to lose their mommy. I pray that God will hold them tight and that they will trust Him– no matter what.

    Love you lots,
    Marshie

  4. WOW…I can’t imagine that kind of loss. I suppose as a military wife it’s something I *should* think about more, to at least be planned for on the “regular life” aspects since there’s no way to plan emotionally. I wish I could just hug her whole family. May they be watched over and held in His hand as they work through this loss.

    AS for the exciting Turkey Day news….If my little guy wasn’t asleep about 10′ away I would run around the room shrieking with glee for your whole family……. in the meantime just picture me doing it in my mind. As opposed to those times I am running around shrieking in my mind with frustration and venting verbiage. hahaha HUGS to you all…. you so deserve these blessings you wonderful fantastico Igs.

  5. I hope your kiddos feel better very soon. We have the sniffles and I am attributing it to the change in weather. I hope that’s all it is!

  6. That is very exciting about Aaron and his adopted parents being able to come back during Thanksgiving! I’m so happy for you and your family!

    Also, hope your sick and injured kiddos get to feeling better soon. You have such a way of bringing a smile to our faces, when writing about your more unpleasant situations in such a humorous fashion. 🙂

    ~Connie

  7. Wow! That is wonderful about the Thanksgiving day news! Yippee!

    Thanks for spreading the word about Chrissy, we are missing her here in the UK already!

  8. WOW! Too cool!-what a warm women his “momsie” is to spend thanksgiving with your family…you must make her feel very good too! I have been so blessed to hear such a story =)Praying for ya girl!

    Latte

  9. How exciting! I’m so glad to hear that! It’ll be great for you to meet Aaron’s dad, too. Praise God for His goodness! God bless.

    Mama J.

  10. I’m so happy for you. Really–what an awesome gift to get to see and touch him for yourself and know he is well. I am teary thinking of it!

  11. Hey Jen!

    God is so good. I have a similar story with my son, who is 19 and just enrolled in the enlisted in the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. God reunited us after many years apart. He was taken from me at birth, yet still calls me mom! God’s hand was in it from the start, even before I knew Him. Glad He has blessed you with this gift!

    ~Hallie

  12. So…how did you train your kiddos to get sick all at once? Apparently, I’m not as good at it as you are. A coupleof weeks ago, Jenna had a terrible cold and then when she started to get better Jasper and I came down w/it. So it looks like only 2 of us were “in tune.” 😛

    SO COOL that you get to be w/Aaron for Thanksgiving. One more reason to celebrate God’s goodness and BE thankful.

    Blessings from Ohio…

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