I want to thank all of you for your support after I shared my heart on Monday. Things have settled a bit and are not quite as critical. But please keep praying that God will do a miracle. He has already exhibited His power and love to us, and your prayers have been heard.
The other day one of the profs I work with came back from a trip to Alaska. I was tickled when she gave me this tiny little angel and said it reminded her of me. It made me feel really special that when she saw an angel she thought of me - not that I'm angelic, but it was the "spiritual" side of me, I suspect.
For a bit of levity today, go over to Kristen's site for the latest update on the Paris Hilton saga. Too funny! My daughter has definitely not lost her sarcastic sense of humor where "celebrity" news is concerned!
I am planning a trip to Minnesota next month with my sister, mom, and dad. It started out to be just a simple road trip with my sister, but it has morphed into much more. But I am very excited, because it is going to be a time of reunion.
We will see my cousin, Ann, who along with her husband and 4 children, has been in Mali, Africa for over 20 years, faithfully serving the Lord, ministering to nomadic Muslim tribes. The fruit that can be seen is minimal. But only God knows the seeds that have been planted, and He will supply the increase. Some of their converts have had to leave their families because of their faith. Others are secret Christians. I am in awe of Ann and Larry's faithfulness. We only saw our missionary cousins every 4 years when we were kids, but it was like yesterday every time. We have only seen Ann two times since we've all grown and had families. This will be the third. She's the one I mentioned in an earlier post here.
When Ann and her family were coming home from furlough, the year she was 15, she wrote to Co-Ed Magazine. Remember that magazine, if you were a teen in the 60s? She wrote to the magazine and told them she needed some help with her hair and wardrobe, since she'd lived in hot, hot Africa and wanted to look good for her year in American high school. Believe it or not, they met her at the airport, took her shopping, got her hair done, and did a wonderful article about her. Here is the full-page picture they ran of her after the transformation.
While we are there, Ann is planning a get-together with her brother, Rich, and his wife, her 3 children who live in the vicinity, my uncle (her dad), and our aunt, whom I have not seen since I can't remember when.
Besides these visits, I am looking forward to seeing my best friend from 5th-8th grades. We reconnected several years ago when I called her mother - I found her number on the internet. Her mom was still living in the same house as Mary did growing up. We've exchanged Christmas cards for several years now, after losing touch in our early adulthood, and I am trying to arrange a visit with her.
Of course no trip to Minnesota would be complete for me unless I was able to meet Diane of Partners in Prayer for our Prodigals. I'll take pictures!
After that, we will head to Mom and Dad's home town for a reunion of Mom's family. There are not many left, but I am looking forward to seeing elderly great aunts and a few second cousins that I haven't seen in decades.
Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking of it. I have to rush home after all of this fun and celebrate DC's 65th birthday. I must get busy planning that!
Remember Micah, the little guy with cancer that began in his eye? I haven't mentioned him for awhile, but several of us have "Pray for Micah" buttons on our sites. Check out this miraculous update: http://www.pray4micah.com/update_14.htm
Tomorrow, June 8, is DC's dad's birthday. Dad C is in heaven, and has been since September 30. This will be a hard day for my MIL especially. I can only imagine the fun he's been having these last 9 months meeting all the people he preached and taught about for all of those years of ministry, not to mention the family members and friends who welcomed him home. We went to a memorial service tonight of another dear old saint who had been on the "journey through the long goodbye that is Alzheimer's disease," as it said in his obituary. I hope Axel and Dad C are meeting and sharing old preacher stories tonight.
We'll meet you there someday, Dad C!