little moments & rest for this momma

July 31, 2014 by  
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Here we are.  My family.  At a red light.  I turn my head because I hear them laughing with each other and smiles for all 3; which is not always the case when you are working with 3 kids that are 4 years and under!  This momma was well pleased and snapped a pic!

These moments I like to take in.   And even take a breath.  PauseRest.

Breathing in this sweet moment makes the other no-so-pleasant moments-memorable.  You know, those moments when everyone is crying in the car (including the momma) and I wonder if life will ever be ”normal’ again?  Whatever ‘normal’ really is?  I mean, the more I read and learn.  The more I am realizing that everyone’s life is not going the way they thought it would go.

Was I in some kind of time-trap before my late husband got cancer?  For most of my life, everything about my life was pretty much simple.  I mean I had troubles but nothing like major or didn’t really hear much about major suffering or even much about cancer.  Well, I take that back.   I guess two early on miscarriages is not so little.  That part was painful.   But really though, a pretty sheltered life in general.

And then BANG.  December 29th, 2012 was the hard day my sweet Marky got diagnosed with brain cancer.  Life got way more complicated and complex then I ever dare dreamed.

So something I have learned since that sorrowful day back a year and half ago+ is to take in the little moments.  Remember & be in the moments that make you smile.  This brings me back to the other day in the car when I took this little picture.

Friends, let’s treasure the little momentsLife really is more about living in the moment then jumping to next year’s trouble.  Each day really does have enough trouble of it’s own (Matthew 6:34).  This is something that I will forever be changed by thanks to my sweet Marky.  He really learned the art of living in Today.  And by God’s grace, I want to do the same and teach these precious littles what their daddy profoundly taught me by his example.

This doesn’t mean that my thoughts don’t jump to next month, next year or heck even 5 years from now.  Scary-Yes!  Yet, when it does I can wheel myself back to the truth that the Lord has all those days too.  My tomorrow is not mine.  It never did belong to me.  I was bought with a price.  And I’m okay with that.  The pressure is off me.  My future is set and planned by my kind and loving Father who is releasing me from the burdens of worry and anxiety.  What grace!  What rest!

We only have today.  Nothing is a guarantee for tomorrow.  Let’s make the most of this moment right now.  All for God’s glory! 

Sweet Family!

July 29, 2014 by  
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These precious family members have been the hands and feet of Jesus to me!  I thank my God for you each daily!

The support truly is a gift from the LORD!

On good days and harder sad days they have been here!

They have cried, prayed, & laughed with me and my 3 little blessings!

My dear Momma and Mark are greatly missed, but thankful the LORD is providing & promises to always!

Brokenness and Gratefulness.

July 25, 2014 by  
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Hello Dear Friends,

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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! 

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“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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loved always.

June 10, 2014 by  
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He is greatly missed, but always will be remembered in our hearts.

Thankful for the Godly Legacy Mark leaves.

Forever changed & grateful.

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“pain is no measure of his faithfulness”

May 22, 2014 by  
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“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 Groves

I want to be real honest here. This is the painful part. We knew this day would come. We knew that this cancer would ultimately take over my husband’s body and that He would enter Heaven & see His Savior’s face, at the end of this cancer journey. However, as much I prepared for this, we are never really ready.

We are in this in-between-part.

We are somewhere near the end of Mark’ journey here on earth and he is that much closer to Heaven. We are in the part of the movie where we know that the good guys will win, but haven’t seen the resolution yet. We are in the ‘already but not yet’ part of the story where our tears are constantly flowing because we can’t wait for him to be released from his physical discomforts & pain.

Maybe others are in that particular spot too? The spot we all secretly want to avoid at all costs, but in the providence of the Lord, we can’t. He knows that it’s in these places where we are waiting; we see our need to trust Him more, despite our pain. I am finding it a lot harder than I ever thought.

My heart is breaking.

I hate seeing my sweet Marky suffer. He is not able to walk and living now with his parent’s because of the peace of quite it brings in a house with no small children and no stairs needed to climb. The kindness of the Lord is not far; his parents only live a mile away. So frequent visits are possible. Yet, still there is the aspect I am facing of not seeing him 24/7. I see him about an hour at the most a-day. We are hoping to change that so that I can have more hours. Juggling the 3 kids is tricky. It’s not like I can take them with me for visits. It’s just too much for Mark to be around children.

Even his own children.

I took our oldest there yesterday for about 15minutes. She is a typical 4 year old girl. Who is busy and really into wearing her ballerina leotard everywhere we go. Lately, when she sees me crying at the house, she tries to offer encouragement by singing to me songs about Jesus or even having these profound one-liners that I have told her previously. Yet somehow when she tells them to me back, they are exactly what I need to hear in the moment. “Mommy! Don’t worry, daddy is almost going to be with Jesus forever and will not be sick anymore. Everything is going to be okay. Jesus loves us.” Those little phrases from our girl melt away at my heart and remind me of the promises of our Lord! It’s still very abstract to her with everything that is going on, yet she seems very much at peace with everything at the same time. This must be a form of some answered prayers we’ve been praying. Please keep praying for our precious children.

And for Mark, would you pray that the Lord would give the desires of His heart and allow him soon be released from his body to be in Heaven forever with His Savior, Jesus Christ. Would you pray that Lord to take him before more and more sufferings occur in his body. His communication is limited and his tears are quick to be shed when we read verses to him or pray. The other night, I read a simple verse that was shared by our preaching pastor Ryan Fullerton last week. And I can’t get it out of my head.

“And the angel said to me, “Write this:

Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

~Revelation19:9

This is where my broken heart can rest. I can rest that the Healer of broken hearts has been truly kind. He in so much has invited me, a weak sinner, to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! For those who don’t know what that is. It’s the Big & final feast when all of the saints who have been forgiven through the blood of Christ and have been given faith will feast with their King in Heaven. Every tear will be wiped away and every sorrow replaced with joy at the seeing of our King on His throne! And friends, those who are invited to this feast are truly blessed. This is where my sweet Marky will be. He has been invited to this Supper of the Lamb. He is closer to this reality than ever before. And friends, this is true peace. Peace that my Marky will not have to continue on in pain and suffering from his cancer. Peace that his former sins have been completely washed away. Peace that the Lord has invited him to be with Him forever, and that truly is peace with God.

Do you have peace with God? Consider Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can have peace with God or can be invited to His heaven without repenting of their sins and trusting in Jesus for salvation-full forgiveness and made new!

Please pray for the Lord’s love to be evident to Mark at his bedside. That he would be filled with peace, joy, and greater faith that the Lord even now sings loudly over him with great delight (Zephaniah 3:17) and that soon the Lord will embrace him in His arms and have peace for eternity. And every wrong will be made right.

Mark and I may not get to share long life of marriage together here on earth. But one things for certain, we were both invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and for that we are blessed to share eternity together in worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Truly, we are blessed.

 

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a legacy worth repeating…

May 11, 2014 by  
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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 for our King!

We praise the LORD for your godly example of servanthood that points us to

Jesus Christ!

We love you, dearest momma!

May your legacy of love & Gospel service be repeated!

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“We meet to part, but part to meet!

When earthly labors are complete!”

We Delight in The Lord

May 7, 2014 by  
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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 some swimming and that will always be a sweet memory.  We also went to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and saw a lot of the attractions we saw when we honeymooned in Florida almost five years ago.  Mark’s body is weak so I pushed him through the park in a wheelchair.  There was a constant reminder that the cancer was still there, but Mark reminded me that for most people, Disney was the happiest place on earth, but Praise God, Heaven awaits us all and that is where we will rejoice forever with Jesus, no more pain, no more sorrow!

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Mark’s parents and sister, Rebecca were so great with the kids while we were away.  Also, our dear Mike and Patti Withers & Kristy Fletcher loved on our children and helped my in laws.   Such generous family and friends!  We even came home to a clean house and car.  We are so appreciative of their love for our kids!   I’ve been catching up on giggles with these three cuties and now that the weather is warming up, we’re spending a lot of time in our backyard enjoying the sunshine (and bubbles, of course).

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Henry, 2 years.

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Oakley, 1 year.

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Mark’s body is continuing to decline.  He is feeling more pain and weakness.  As hard as it is to see him hurting, the permanence of him leaving this earth is equally painful.  I know that feeling too well as this will be my first Mother’s Day without my momma.  I’m so thankful that the Lord is sustaining Mark and I both and that even in this season of deep sorrow, I can see Him caring for the details of life in such a personal way.  Thank you so much for your continued prayers, I am thankful for the large Body of Believers that are supporting our family.  “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.  I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill.” Psalm 3:3-4

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We called Hospice to help manage Mark’s pain and discomfort level.  It was clear to all of us that it was time to call for them to start helping my Marky.  It is super sobering to have to call them in for your own husband!  I never thought this would be what the Lord had planned for me, my man, my family.  Yet His ways are way higher and wiser than our ways.  We read Psalm 119 on our honeymoon 5 years ago when we were in Disney.  This time when we looked at it, 5 years later, how much more precious it was!  And clearly the Lord has drawn us near to Him and giving us a Hope that only is secure in Christ Jesus!  This verse is so fitting for me.  If His Word had not been my delight, I would perish in my affliction.  For the floods feel like they are rising over my head!  Yet, nonetheless, the Lord has poured out His grace and has made His word my hope because on every page of the Bible points me to my beautiful, suffering Savior.  For Jesus loves me.  He loves Mark.  He loves our children.  And He is soon calling my husband home to be with Him forever!  Now that is lavish love from the Lord!  Mark is asking the Lord to take him home.  Please continue to pray with us, our 3 children!   Pray we will finish well together, for God’s great glory!  We are continually grateful for every prayer prayed in faith!  For surely, God is the lifter of my head!  And He will continue to remember His covenant to His children forever.

 

Happy Resurrection Day!

April 20, 2014 by  
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Happy Easter!

JESUS is Risen, Oh Happy Day!

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God’s harder providence-Part 2

April 15, 2014 by  
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“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

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Minutes after the adoption of our Henry…

to our surprise (but in the Lord’s sovereignty) my dear momma became very sick right after the adoption took place. She came down the elevators of the court house after cheering and taking pictures during our son’s adoption to the opposite and was shivering and was not able to be in the big group picture we took at the end. She told me she needed to sit down and that she felt very bad. My dad took her home quickly for her to rest because she was having ‘flu-like’ symptoms, so we assumed. She rested that whole day. Throughout that day, our son Henry would go up to Nana and Poppy’s bedroom door and say, “Nana, Nana??” He was eager to see his grandma! He even knew something was up! Early in the morning she and dad knew it would be wise to go to the ER for further testing since she was feeling extremely sick. My father in law drove them around 5am the next day to the local hospital. I thought it was due to dehydration and figured ‘the bug’ would be gone in 24 hours. None of us knew what the Lord had in store for our beloved momma the next 48hours.

After further testing in the ER she was sent to the ICU for more testing because her kidneys were failing her. My 3 sisters from Texas got word and flew in to be with us all at the hospital. The doctors told us it was a very serious infection that seems to have gotten in her blood. She did not have a spleen so that was why it became so serious so fast. Her body was not able to fight off the infection. The doctors ran many tests and we were able to be with her often by her hospital bed. I was still not aware fully of all the implications of her sickness. We were talking with her and she reminded me that my birthday gift should be coming in the mail soon and not to forget to open it. We had causal talk about the UK game on later that night and that she wanted to watch it. I got to tell her we love her so dearly and so very thankful for her love she has always shown us. I told her that how grateful I was for her time serving my family with Mark’s cancer. We chatted off and on and then it became more and more apparent that her time was limited to be with us and that there was nothing further any doctors could do for her. Her body was shutting down. This is not just some distant relative this happening to, this was my dear momma, who has been with me my whole life. Through every trial or joy, she had always been here for me. She has been used as an amazing cheerleader and encouragement to me all my life. She was safe and comforting to me and my family this past 15months as we have walked this cancer road with Mark. She and dad were there and cried and prayed with us. She has been a ear for me like none other in my life. My heart and mind are still having a hard time to even understand that this is God’s timing for my mom. She has completed the good work the Lord had for her on earth and that He has prepared a home for her in Heaven. Unreal. Sobering.

So this is what “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” feels like. I was seeing the sorrow before my eyes as her body was fading and not able to fight against her infection. Her days were already numbered. The day after the adoption was her 64th birthday. Yet, she was in the hospital fighting for her life. My mind was pondering all the little and big ways my dear momma had been serving us; recently and all my life.

Recently, it was the way she quickly took charge with the kids when I would start weeping when a thought about losing Mark came to my mind. She would say to me, “I’ve got this, Anna. Go take a break. Go shower or spend time with the Lord.” She was quick to give me moments throughout the day to run to Jesus for help! She would pray for me and with me regularly. She was the fastest dishwasher and clean up person I have ever seen. She maintained my home. We had cleaned clothes because my mom was washing them and folding them. I would often go to bed and see mom folding and ironing for us. She had an eye to serve that many do not, myself included. She would venture with me on any errand and was always up for buying a Starbucks for me. :) And oh how loved our children (all her grandchildren!) The Lord had uniquely gifted her to serve, but to do in such the hidden ways that many would never know. She didn’t need to be recognized for her service. She was content in the way the Lord made her and was happy and willingly served by her actions, through her example. She loved people. She loved her husband. I learned so much about the way to love my husband, by her example of loving hers. She and dad often said to us, go out and grab a date! She encouraged Mark and I to spend as much time together as we wanted, even if that met long hours of them caring for our 3 little ones! Mom and dad would do dates too! They made sure they were spending quality time together, as well. Yet she would sacrifice more for us then she & dad let on! Their example of loving each other influenced my husband and I and how we learned from their godly marriage. She loved her daughters! She talked of all the sisters very often. She would update me with the latest happenings and the way she talked of her children was beautiful. She poured herself out for all our good. She was proud of each sister. I can’t recall an unkind thing come from her tongue, by the Lord’s grace in her life! Sadly, often it’s not till someone is taken, when you realize how much they were being used to hold yourself and your family together. She has been described as the ‘glue’ for our family. She was able to keep up with her four daughters and the twelve grandchildren! She never missed a birthday, anniversary, or memorable events in our lives! She had a card mailed to us each, if she were going to absent. I loved how she was herself. She was free to be the way the Lord made her. She had a soft heart towards Jesus and was a servant to her King Jesus. She loved well. She pointed me, all of us, to Jesus.  And all this fruit in her life was the Lord’s good grace to her!

All I could keep on thinking in the hospital was this. Here my parents came to serve us through my husband’s fight for his life with brain cancer. She and dad poured themselves out for our good and for our children. They were consistently encouraging, helpful, generous, and full of grace towards us on this cancer road.  Hidden to us, the Lord had allowed my mom to get an infection that would shorten her days abruptly! Mark’s suffering was a shock to us, but has been a long 15months and counting. My momma’s suffering was a shock and took her home to be with the Lord quickly, 48hours later.

How am I doing? Well, for starters. Friends, our days are numbered by the Lord. It’s clear in Scripture (Psalm 90:12) and now in this example of my momma. She had fulfilled all that the Lord had for her to do on earth. God designed her for His glory. God bought her with a price. He gave His Son, Jesus. She repented and believed upon Jesus. She knew full forgiveness of all her sins. Now and forever more, my momma is Home with her King. She is no longer suffering in this world. She is at perfect peace and in the presence of our Lord and Savior.  This reality is more than we can comprehend! Our minds can’t even grasp the fact that she is more alive today, than we are right now!

And she would want me to say something here, in this post. She would want any and all to come to Jesus for salvation. She knows better than we do now, this life we live right now is very small. It’s so small in comparison to eternity. If you are reading this post, you have breath right now. This is a gift from the Lord. Please stop and consider. Consider that you are really not good enough (Romans 3:23). In fact, deep down, you know you have done some pretty bad things. These bad things the Bible calls sin. We are all accountable for our sin. We all will stand before a Holy God and He will only demand perfect righteousness in order to go to Heaven. The sad part is that we do not have this perfect righteousness on our own. Even the most ‘good’ person you know on this earth is not good enough in comparison to enter a holy Heaven and with a Holy God. The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23). The Bible explains this very clear. We need the righteousness of God. And on our own, we will never enter Heaven. My mom knows that fully now. And she trusted the Jesus is that He would be her righteousness that covers her and now freely opens Heaven’s door to her (Romans 5:8)! She would want you to know this. She would want many to repent of their sins and believe in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10,13). Please consider Jesus. Consider eternity. God so loved the world that He gave His Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

 

James 4:6

Friends, this is so painful and I am still in grief and sorrow. However, I am not one who sorrows without hope.  The verse above in James 4:6 has been so helpful to me the past days. I keep asking the Lord for help. I keep wondering His purpose in all that He is allowing in my life, in my husbands, and now even in my sisters and dad. Why all the sorrow? How long O God, how long? (Psalm 13 on repeat in my head). Yet, in the Lord’s compassion, he is showing me still that there is plentiful grace for such a weak person, like me. He used my mother, yes. He used her for all my 31 years of life and so much in these last and hardest 15months of my life as my dear Mark has been fighting his cancer. God provided in abundance through the good work He had planned for my mother to walk in. He planned for her to be in Louisville, Kentucky. She was so excited for this adoption. He allowed her in His compassion on her and the rest of us, to be present at his adoption. She was there! The Lord’s grace is abounding and so real. God so planned too that her final days would be here locally for me during the hardest time of my life. She has walked with me and listened and cried with me and sweetly pointed me back to Jesus; even if it was through the tears she shed with me! I know there is no way of really knowing all the ways the Lord is working. However, I do get to see this glimpse of His grace to me! He knew I would not be able to leave Louisville with my sweet husband being so sick. So He ordered the timing of my mom’s passing to be here (and not in Texas) and arranged for my sisters to be able to fly in. How compassionate is that?! He knows all our days. Surely, He is kind to His children. Surely, He is merciful.  He will continue to provide for all our needs!  Hasn’t He always provided?  His faithfulnes is my standing place!

Now even, He promises to give more grace to me, even now with my mom ‘absent from her body, but present with the Lord.’ God has promised through His Son, to give MORE GRACE to me! A weak sinner who deserves nothing! He promises here in James 4:6 to give me more grace. The verse continues and says, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” He is placing me in a humble place. In His sovereignty He is allowing me to see my neediness more clearly. Friends, this is His grace to me! I must see more of my needy state in order that I may know Jesus and treasure Him above all else. The Lord knows what is best. And though there is sorrow, there is a compassionate Savior who loves me and gave Himself up for me, that I too may have eternal life. Not so that I can boast, but so that I can boast in the LORD, for it is all His doing-His grace! God has ordained all this for my good.  For my dad and sisters good.  Even, this cancer for my husband and children’s good.  He is working out holiness in us and using our suffering, so that many would see Jesus and how He alone is our refuge and hope.  For my family and I, we are thankful to our Faithful Lord and King!  And we long for MANY to run and to Jesus and see Him as the Great Comforter and kind Savior!  Please God, draw many to yourself through your Son!  Use my little life to make much of Christ!

I am so very thankful and honored to have a legacy of my mother (and my 3 older sisters feel the same) who loved Jesus and spent her life for His glory. I pray I (we) can follow in her footsteps, and leave this legacy for my (our) children. And that friends, is a life that is well spent. To be known by and make known the Love of God, through the face of Jesus Christ! To God be the glory! Amen!

 

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Adoption -Part 1

April 14, 2014 by  
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A lot has happened this past month!  This was both a joyful and sorrowful month.   However, regretfully more sorrow than I have ever known.  Yet, in the same breath I can say we have experienced more strength & dependence on the Lord than we have ever known!  And not to mention – seen God’s incredible mercy in allowing the adoption of Henry to be finalized!!!

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My sweet husband reminded me that though God may take gifts or blessings away, He always is faithful to give more of Himself.   I truly believe this is happening in my Marky and to me!  What we all need is more of Jesus!  And we see His kindness and compassion in the midst of these recent trials and sorrows!  I have experienced Lamentations 3 and echo these verses in my heart.

“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, for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.”  -Lamentations 3:31-33

“Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?  Is it not from the mouth of the most high that good and bad come?”                      -Lamentations 3:37-38

“I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit, you heard my plea, “Do no close your ear to my cry for help!” You came near when I called on you, you said, “Do not fear!” You have taken up my cause, O Lord, you have redeemed my life.”  -Lamentations 3:55-58

Praise to the LORD, we officially ADOPTED our precious little 2-year old that we have had in our home through fostering since he was 5-weeks old! It was a joyous occasion and the Lord’s hand was upon it all! Both sets of grandparents and Aunt Becca were there along with our sweet church family! We packed the place out with close to 30 people and had even friends filming the event!! Answered prayers were seen as my husband was also here at his oldest son’s adoption! There was much joy that morning and anticipation as we were approaching March 20th, 2014! We do know this is answered prayer from the past 2 years and counting and we praise the Lord for this gift of our precious Henry Mark Gronotte!  I’m still processing and want to share more about this journey God’s leading us through — to be continued!

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(All Five of Us with the Judge – It’s Official!)

Praise God from Whom ALL blessings Flow!

 

 

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