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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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Prayer… reaching new heights

Prayer… reaching new heights

I’ve had the privilege for many years to participate in many of the National Day of Prayer gatherings that take place each May. They are especially unique here in Tallahassee as they take place on the 22nd (top) floor of the Capitol which has amazing views in all directions of our city. But this year, I had the opportunity to pray from an even higher elevation.  I was invited to pray as a part of prayer flight which is a nationwide…

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Missions as a Family

Missions as a Family

One of the high values for Brooke and I is instilling the value to our boys that our lives don’t belong to us.  If we truly believe that we were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19) then we must give our lives to be used by the One who purchased us.  And then when ownership is properly established, the mission of God – to glorify Him by making disciples to the ends of the earth (Matthew 28:19-20) comes into…

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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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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

I apologize for the silence on here on the blog as of late.  It was a whirlwind summer with  lots of mission and activity both for family and ministry.  But then fall came and it seemed the pace of life and ministry didn’t really slow down at all.  And I’m excited to announce that I will be leading a college team down to Nicaragua over the Christmas break and that the whole family (minus the little guy) will be joining…

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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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Walking and Running

Walking and Running

Seems only fitting to move from a post all about patience and waiting to one about walking and running.  Needless to say there are seasons in this life.  Ecclesiastes reminds us that “there is a season for everything.”  And sometimes those seasons overlap and sometimes they fluctuate back and forth.  We have found that to be true even in this season of waiting with Perthes disease. Cole is in the regrowth phase that will last anywhere from 3-5 years.  The blood has begun…

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Growth through Waiting

Growth through Waiting

Waiting is a hard game to play.  I can’t think of a time where waiting ever seemed like a worthwhile or pleasant experience.  Even waiting in line for the best roller coaster at the theme park is still waiting… and it’s not that enjoyable.  Then you enter in times of waiting where you are hoping and waiting for an unknown outcome… the result could be good, but it could also be bad. I think waiting also tends to numb us…

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The X-ray of our Souls

The X-ray of our Souls

It was a year ago (January 24, 2014) where a series of x-rays would not only change our son, Cole’s future based on what they revealed, but would also serve to reveal all of our souls – laying them bare before us as the year 2014 unfolded day by day. That January Friday was a fairly uneventful day.  We were still reveling in the excitement of adding son #4 to the family just 5 days earlier and planning to celebrate the…

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Recovery… again

Recovery… again

Recovery is a word we never want to take for granted.  And even though today’s procedure paled in comparison to previous ones, having your child have get wheeled away from your arms (even if he gets to go by the awesome bubble wall there at Children’s Hospital) is a tough process and one we haven’t gotten used to. But praise God, Cole is now in recovery (complete with popsicle) and doing well.  Dr. Killian gave us good news that the…

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