2009 started with lots of treasured memories….
and we began the tedius process of sifting thru the remains of our beloved log home…. Weeks later we learned that Autumn had a tumor in the pituitary part of her brain and Dw & Autumn ended up at Mayo in Arizona…
In April we had the remains of the log home bull-dozed…. And at the same time we started 17 weeks of double casting for Isaiah…
which meant driving 900 miles round trip each day once a week ….In May, I graduated from a 16 week Chaplain Police Academy CourseLate in May Dw led a team of 19 to Africa with Emma and Graham along tooDw came home from Africa and found that Tyler was going to be home on leave and marry his long-time sweet heart Sarah (with 2 weeks notice)And we were together as a family for the first time in a long time (with only Jubilee missing)Two days after the wedding, Dw, Liberty, Isaiah and I left driving to Iowa for Isaiah to have double leg/foot surgery As Isaiah lay recuperating, Dw was admitted thru the ER….he was very sickwith what turned out to be one of the worst cases they had ever seen of Hepatitus Awhich he had picked up in Africa….He lost 30 lbs. in 3 weeks and was in the hospital in IA for almost a weekAnd I drove us back across the country…..Then my sweet bloggy friend, Cindy, passed away…..
In September Josh Gulvas was lost in the wilderness and so many of you prayed….Tragically, the horrible news came that his body had been found….
Oh how people around the world grieved….and prayed for the family left behind…**********************Later that same month, with crazy excitement and wild delight we purchased our dream RV (again – what the heck were we thinkin?)(to drive across the country)
Which turned out not to be a dream, but our hellish nightmare…..
On the trip in our rented car after we ditched the stupid RV, we stopped to see Josh Gulvas’ mom & dad – our friends for life now….
And throughout the year the kids grew….and the babies smiled and knew that they were home forever….
Thanksgiving brought Ty & Sarah home…..and before long Abi and Ryan came too….
And we got a family picture again (!) with a picture of Jubilee
And right after Thanksgiving our Yellow Ribbon went up again….
and that familiar ache in our hearts returned….
And within days Emma & I left for China to grab our long-awaited Jubilee Promise And bring that treasure home forever….
Oh yeah, and somewhere in there we built a house and actually MOVED into it….
And we wonder why we are kinda’ tired??
And yet, through it all – Our Miracle-working, Mountain-moving, Awe-inspiring, Gasp-giving God was completely faithful. No, it wasn’t a year like we had planned. We couldn’t even have imagined it. BUT He was entirely faithful, providing for our needs, protecting, giving us extra grace, sustaining us, and loving us unconditionally. How thankful we are for our relationship with Him….
From our home to yours…..Happy New Year…..May you know the deep, abiding love of our Father and may you know Him better and love Him more this coming year….