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Memories and Milestones

Memories and Milestones

Memory is a funny thing.  Some of the things we hope to remember often elude us, while other more difficult or painful memories seem to continually resurface.  But then there is the practice of purposeful remembering.  Scripture continually points us to this practice, which was instituted by God for the people of God.  And the point of purposeful remembering throughout Scripture is for the people of God to focus on what God has done and continues to do.  His grace,…

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Hope Renewed

Hope Renewed

Hope is really an amazing factor in life.  In fact, I couldn’t imagine life without hope.  Praise God, it is through a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ that we can truly understand and have hope. It’s been awhile since we updated you on Cole’s journey with his Perthes Disease.  And I guess to a degree that is good thing, since there hasn’t been much to report since his surgery this past June.  He was back on his…

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Get out of the boat… and walk!

Get out of the boat… and walk!

If you are familiar with the Bible, then I’m sure one of the more familiar stories is Jesus’ encounter with Peter one night out on a lake.  The winds and waves were buffeting the boat the disciples were in and suddenly they see what appears to be a ghost walking towards them on the water.  Jesus speaks up and gives one of his more frequent commands – to all of us as his followers – by saying, “Don’t be afraid.”…

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Adjusting to the New Normal

Adjusting to the New Normal

It’s really hard to define normal in a household with four boys.  Seems like everything is always changing.  And Cole’s “normal” has most certainly changed over these last two years.  But we’ve learned to roll with the punches and embrace each change that leads to a new normal. Recovery here at Brooke’s parents has been far better than recovery in the hospital room, but this was true last time as well.  Cole is learning to adjust to his very limited…

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Surgery, Stitches and Stillness

Surgery, Stitches and Stillness

There was a familiar face standing at our door.  Dr. Killian, who has guided us, counseled us and been a phenomenal pediatric orthopedic surgeon for Cole had finished the surgery and stood ready to give us the report.  All in all, the surgery was fairly quick and successful.  In one hand, he held and x-ray and in the other a baggie with Cole’s hardware. As he proceeded to share with us the medical details of the procedure, our hearts breathed…

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Growing Pains

Growing Pains

It’s hard to believe it was time to load up and make the trek to Alabama again.  But it was time for Cole’s scheduled check up for the year, which also served as his pre-op appointment.  So we hit the road for Montgomery – grateful to see Dr. Killian at his office there and at least save a little extra time and mileage on the road.  And it was beneficial for me as well to do a site visit for…

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numbering the days

numbering the days

All throughout this journey, days have had major significance.  There have been monumental days – diagnosis day, surgery day, cast removal day as well as seemingly more mundane days. But I’m always reminded of what Scripture teaches us in Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”  Days are important and they aren’t guaranteed, but they are a gift.  We are admonished to number our days – to remember, cherish, celebrate and…

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Mission Nicaragua :: Day 10

Mission Nicaragua :: Day 10

You know that feeling when you pray to God actually believing He is powerful and capable to do what He has promised? I know that doesn’t typically characterize the prayer life of many followers of Christ, but we are learning to grow in our dependance on God and our communication with Him through prayer. So, honestly I wasn’t too surprised to see all our team at breakfast this morning. I mean, after all, we have been crying out to Him…

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Mission Nicaragua :: Day 8

Mission Nicaragua :: Day 8

God’s mercies are new each and every morning. What a privilege our morning time is each and every day. I’m personally refreshed and also encouraged seeing our students take advantage of TAWG each and every day. The beauty of the countryside and stillness of the morning is a real treasure here. But we did wake up to some bad news that a few on our team had a rough night. We call it Nica stomach… it eventually gets to some on…

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Looking Back: One Year Ago Today

Looking Back: One Year Ago Today

One year ago today might possibly have been the longest day of my life (and my family’s life) to date.  Not just because it started before the sun came up, but because one year ago today we had to trust my son Cole’s future into the capable hands of a team of doctors and nurses under the watchful eye and guidance of God. It would be a difficult task to encapsulate all the thoughts, feelings and emotions of June 19,…

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