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.
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.