Monday, May 02, 2011
What a great day it has been here. We had an excellent church service this morning. (For those who may want to view the service, click on "video podcast" at www.christianlifeag.us . We had what we call Promotion Day, where our children move from the nursery to toddlers, toddlers to children's church, or children's church to "big" church. I was the nursery director for a number of years and had to resign when we moved my mother-in-law here. She needs me sitting with her, so I can't be in another building during services. Two of the little men promoted to our CrossTrainers were with me from their infancy in the church nursery. They are so precious to my heart, and they are growing up far too quickly for my tastes. lol I just wept and wept through the whole thing. You hear me often speak of Michelle (aka Meme or GettinSkinny) and her grandson, Randen, both of whom are so dear to me, such a huge part of my everyday life. You'll see her early in the service and the first person she calls up is our youngest (my Melanie, 13), who grew up helping me in the nursery and is still serving God in this way, faithfully so. I am so proud of her!
Then we took my mother-in-law out for Chinese and then had the great joy of visiting our little grandson, Heath. I won't go into Heath's story now, but for those who've walked this road with us for a while, let me share with you that he is doing GREAT. He is healthy and whole, happy, sweet, well behaved, and so cute I can barely stand it. Not that I'm proud of him or anything. lol For those of you who are new to our lives, I'll suffice it to say that we don't get to see Heath terribly often and our oldest (Bill's Melanie, 22), Heath's mother, has not been permitted to see him in over a year. We covet your prayers for this ongoing situation. What a delight it is to get to spend time with our beautiful little guy. I had to share a couple photos with you.
This is my mother-in-law, Janet, Heath's greatgrammy, with our big boy
This is Heath with his big, blue Easter bunny
To top off a wonderful day, my dear friend Catherine, Jessie's grandmother, was back home for a couple days and I got to hug her and join her in prayer. The report on Jessie is GOOD. The family was bidding this remarkable young lady a final farewell a few weeks ago, certain that her death was near. She's still in serious condition, in ICU, intubated, but she is making excellent progress. It turns out that when she beat leukemia and had a bone marrow transplant, her body thought she was an infant, and she got RSV. The other hospital she was in totally missed this highly unusual diagnosis. Thank God for Jessie being moved to a teaching hospital where they diagnosed her properly almost immediately. THANK YOU for praying for Jessie and her family. So many of you have asked about her, have shared your compassion and faith on her behalf. You are the absolute BEST friends a girl could ever, ever, ever have, and I love you.