February 17, 2018

her leap of faith...

She is more than half-way through her latest and greatest adventure...
We counted down the months, then weeks, and before it hardly seemed possible, she was commissioned in our church to serve with the Lutheran Young Adult Corps. In August she flew to St. Louis, with excitement in her heart, for two weeks of training before she finally made it to Boston, her city of service. A ten month commitment.

With her new roommates {and I imagine, lifelong friends!} she has explored the city, and embraced her new lifestyle. Hearing the joy in her voice brings tears to my eyes... she is really living. Thriving! It thrills me.

Last month there was an article in Lutherans Engage about what these amazing young women are doing in Boston. Between the two Lutheran churches in the city, they are building a college ministry and serving in an after-school preschool program. They take time to work with New England Seafarers Mission and the homeless. But they are not just serving... they are growing in faith as they stretch themselves and their hearts. {Read the article here!}
I know May will come too quickly for her... and that she will forever cherish this season in her life. My prayer is that there will be an open door for her somewhere at the end of this... that this journey will help her find the next. I know God hears every prayer, and I'm excited to see just how He answers it.

February 15, 2018

these words...

A few of my most favorite words... breathe. hope. love. smile.
They are life to my soul, and I couldn't live without them. I loved coming across this display just after the new year - it reminded me of the way I want to wander through these days. Breathing easy, with the hope & love of Jesus all around me...and a smile on my face.

February 11, 2018

in the waiting...

I took my last antibiotic this afternoon, and I feel like now I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop. Was it enough? Will the infection rage back? Do I dare hope it won't? These aren't my best thoughts, and certainly no way to live... but it's hard to overcome them. I'm not doubting God's healing, because I believe He will... I'm just wondering about the when.

It's been a tough season... and maybe that is an understatement. When I last left off, we were in full celebration mode (empty nest, headed to Disney!), but then the hurricane blew through our community, and I followed it up with surgery after surgery, all urology related. Oh yes, the saga continues. A surgery per month through Christmas, and then I spent last weekend in the hospital so I could have IV antibiotics to treat sepsis.

I still consider myself a "better to laugh than to cry" kind of girl, even though I've certainly had my days. It helps to have a strong sturdy guy by my side lifting my spirits, praying words of love, and keeping up the house. He's always been my hero, but now, somehow more so. When I wonder how he can put up with me, I look into his eyes and see only love shining back. I can't begin to find the words to say how thankful I am.

These words, lyrics to a song I am loving, have carried me along...

Slow down, take time
Breath in He said
He'd reveal what's to come
The thoughts in His mind
Always higher than mine
He'll reveal all to come

Take courage my heart
Stay steadfast my soul
He's in the waiting
He's in the waiting
Hold onto your hope
As your triumph unfolds
He's never failing
He's never failing

Take Courage, Kristene DiMarco


August 23, 2017

life lately...

Summer is flying by... school has already been in session for a week. It seems too fast, although I think Eric is happy to be back to his regular schedule and is enjoying catching up with the kids at his schools. Here are a few pieces of a summer enjoyed...
1. A couple gluten-free cupcakes for the birthday boy! We celebrated very quietly
this year, and I think maybe it was his worst birthday ever. He says no...

2. The Silver Sweetie. A forced purchase, but we can only count ourselves
thankful that Eric & Laura were not hurt in the accident that totaled our car.
We are SO thankful. 

3. The past couple of years have had us really celebrating Christmas in July! We were up at
Disney Springs and they went all out! We even saw Santa!

4. When people I love come to Orlando, we make every effort to make the 3 1/2 hour trip
 to see them. It had probably been over 10 years since I had seen my cousin Jenn.
The visit was long overdue and completely wonderful. 

5. Auntie Tina & Laura...after our glorious morning beach walk!

6. Games in the piano room. I love these people and their fun! 

7. Coffee by chandelier light... at the new gluten-free bakery! 

8. A Sunday walk in the swamp for two... and there were beautiful butterflies
everywhere. Not monarchs, but we can't help loving butterflies more just knowing
Camden is working to save them!

9. Crispy Taco chips. Go buy a bag or two. Or six.