Monday, August 20, 2007

Home Again

We got back home again yesterday after a quick trip to visit two of our boys and their wives in NC. We had a wonderful time seeing son B and wife J and our grandson E.
B is recovering from knee surgery that he had in July. He is doing pretty well-as long as he doesn't over do it. In this picture below, you can see that little E just loves caring for Daddy! They have some extra bodies living with them these days--their cute little Shih-Poo, Faith, is a mama! She had 4 puppies and they are hoping to sell them soon. They can make quite a racket when they get excited! They are just adorable though as you can see from the picture! All of them look like this. How can you resist a bundle of fur as cute as that!!We were also privileged to sit in on a marvel of our techno world--a 4D imaging session of an ultrasound of B and J's baby! It was pretty much totally confirmed that we will be the grandparents of another little girl! Baby Sarah will have a girl cousin close in age to her! The 4D thing was phenomenal and NO WORDS can describe the experience. But it is the most beautiful and miraculous thing see that tiny one alive and moving within the womb! She was even sucking her thumb! She stretched her little arms and grabbed her foot, she yawned, and at one point she even raised her arms as if praising the Lord. I will never forget that image as long as I live. It is the greatest argument against abortion that ever was. Don't you agree? Let me please introduce to you, our newest grand-daughter!
After seeing this miraculous picture, one just has to marvel! And recite from the Scriptures found in Psalm 139.......Verse 13-16 "For you formed my inward parts;you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret,intricately woven in the depths of the earth.16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in your book were written, every one of them,the days that were formed for me,when as yet there was none of them." Thank you, Lord!
After 2 days with B & J we drove to Asheville to K & B's new place. It is an older home in a lovely neighborhood. They have furnished it eclectically--as only those two could! It has a unique charm and they are very happy there. They surely have a lot more space than their little apartment in married housing at college! I made them a small "housewarming gift" of a retro print table runner. B really liked it and I was so happy about that. It fit their table just right. We also got to meet their cute little schnauzer-terrier mix, Osito, who used to be a circus dog! He is so sweet and the love of their lives. (He doesn't really have yellow eyes--just the camera!)
We were introduced to K & B's favorite haunts in their new city and then spent one afternoon and evening trying to dominate the world in a never-ending game of Risk. No one ever really won but we all had a chance to own our own continents--for a few minutes! I will tell you that mine were the red guys! Aren't you impressed? Don't think that dear L is thrilled about it though!
After leaving Asheville, we stopped off in K-ville to visit our sweet baby girl Sarah who is still in the hospital-but doing MUCH better. I even got to hold her!! She is alternating drinking from a bottle and getting milk from a feeding tube. And growing stronger everyday. Isn't she beautiful? Please continue to pray that she grow strong enough to drink exclusively from the bottle (and eventually to nurse). Once she can do that, she should be able to come home. I got to meet one of her cardiologists and he seemed to think that Sarah was doing quite well--even saying that it was a possibility that she might not have to have surgery until she was a teenager! He said, "it just depends...on how her heart responds." Well, time will tell. But we all feel that God has definitely been "perfecting that which concerns you." (Psalm 138: 8) He is the Almighty and He can do wonderful and mighty things!!


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