Sunday, October 16, 2011

Camping and combines... and coping

It's pretty easy to forget about stress when the weather has been so beautiful... we have really been taking advantage of it.  Last week we turned our backyard and patio into a campsite for the weekend.  It was an absolute blast.

Then a few days later we spent some time with my dad, who is a farmer, in the fields.  His combine is literally bigger than our house.

These have been some great days... I love having these sweet experiences with my sweet family.  If you read my last post, you know that I've been struggling lately as I accept our new reality, the reality of having a child with a major medical condition.  I can share with you that God has been speaking to me a lot lately and I'm more convinced than ever that God gives some of His greatest gifts to us during times of deep pain and struggle.  We don't want to experience pain, we don't want the difficult times in our life; but those times are so important to our growth if we want to follow the way of Jesus.  I'm such a different person now and that's a good thing!  I'm trying to turn less and less to the things of this world to bring me peace and turn more to Jesus.  He is proving Himself to be everything He has promised to be to those who call on Him.

Caleb is doing pretty well, nothing new lately.  His next trip back to St. Vincent's is in 2 weeks and I'm praying his medicine is helping his heart to grow stronger.  He is growing so big so fast!  He is 8 months old now.  Wow.  

If you pray, please pray for Caleb.  Pray for his heart to get stronger and for his parents to grow stronger too.