Hello Dear Friends,
First, I wanted to say THANK YOU for ALL the kind letters, cards, generous gifts, and prayers y’all have given to me and my precious children upon the passing of our dear Mark! We see the Lord’s kindness through y’alls love you have shown us! Thank you for not forgetting us in your prayers and seeking to encourage our family! It has been super hard and sorrowful to process the reality that Mark is in Heaven. I have never felt this raw before. Yet, I have never seen the grace of God flood me in my moments of breaking down as He has been kind to do so during my ‘ugly cries’. I believe He is hearing your prayers and is showing His love to us by sustaining us and helping me to take each day one at a time, like my dear Mark was so eager to teach us all. It has not been easy, but thank you for tracking with us through your prayers. We have felt loved. And we are so grateful in the midst of such raw brokenness & loss.
It has been a long time since I’ve given a family update. We are back in our home city of Louisville; after visiting with Texas family for almost 5weeks! What gifts our family has been to us each! My 3 littles LOVED their time with their Texas family and cousins! We were loved on so richly and cared for so well!! I see the Lord’s provision in allowing us to have a ‘break’ as we adjust to this new season and for me into widowhood. I can say that I have never felt this sorrow in all my life and with same breath I can see the way the Lord is showing His love that brings a new level of gratefulness to Him; what mercy!
I can’t believe my sweet Mark is not here in our home. Can you believe that it has been 7 weeks since he went to be with the Lord? The ‘ugly cry’ is not far from me. I feel so tossed by my sorrow at times yet again Christ is my solid rock and has not left me. It’s like it’s a whole new level of neediness & dependence upon my God that I have never known before. It’s not like I was not in need before, but I am seeing how profoundly I am in need of my dear loving Father to uphold me and my children in the midst of the most dramatic life change I have ever experienced.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. Pray that I would deeply “Trust Jesus!” This is not a small task but actually has to be supernaturally done in my heart by His Spirit! I am so weak yet when I fix my eyes upon Jesus my reality doesn’t seem so impossible. I don’t feel so alone. I am reminded that this story is not my story but it was meant to show the glory of God in His story of Redemption. Christ came to redeem a people that were not His people. He came for those who are weak. And I pray His plan for me in this new season of widowhood would be used to draw many to trust in Jesus for their salvation.
I’m tearfully grateful to be a part of God’s bigger Story! So yes…Broken and Grateful describes me best right now. And for now that is where God has me. I am just thankful that He has me. And that He will never forsake me, even in this heart-ache!
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” ~ 1 Peter 5:10-11 …continue reading
He is greatly missed, but always will be remembered in our hearts. Thankful for the Godly Legacy Mark leaves. Forever changed & grateful.
Mark has been in Heaven for over 48 hours as of right now. Two days in Glory with His beloved Jesus, our Savior. Can you believe it? I’m still trying to catch my breath and believe this is best. This little life is so …continue reading
Thankful in days like these that we do have a Shelter to hide in. This song speaks great truth about our Lord. Hope it encourages the down casted, as it has me. Wanted to give a little update. Mark had his first seizure yesterday morning. …continue reading
“I believe in a peace that flows deeper than pain That broken find healing in love Pain is no measure of his faithfulness He withholds no good thing from us No good thing from us, no good thing from us.” ~’Open my Hands’ by Sara …continue reading
Happy Mother’s Day, dear Momma! You have given us a godly legacy that is worth repeating! We miss you so much our hearts hurt! But, by God’s grace, we want to follow in your footsteps of a life well spent for our King Jesus! You loved and shined brightly …continue reading
We had a very nice vacation in Florida – thanks so much to all of you who helped make this possible and for praying for us during our travels. God sustained us the entire time. Mark was most comfortable in the pool, so we did …continue reading
Happy Easter! JESUS is Risen, Oh Happy Day!
“For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love.” -Lamentations 3:31 Minutes after the adoption of our Henry… to our surprise (but in the Lord’s sovereignty) my dear momma …continue reading