One Foot in Front of the Other

One Foot in Front of the Other

There are moments in this journey that take your breath away.  After being a bit nervous while his cast was being removed, there were moments of anticipation and excitement as he got to see his body (since the good majority of it has been covered… with his tough guy body armor) for the first time.  He looked down and felt around but was unsure if he could move.  After a quick scrub down, he able to put regular clothes on for the first…

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The Roller Coaster Called Emotion

The Roller Coaster Called Emotion

Needless to say, this journey has been full of emotion.  Many times we have felt like we are on a roller coaster – at times in fear, hanging on with white knuckles and other times exuberant with joy.  There have been many tears shed and many smiles shared.  We definitely have experienced what Jesus meant in John 10:10 when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  I’ve always described this verse…

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We Have a Date!

We Have a Date!

Talk about anticipation.  On Thursday, Cole went to have his one month post-operation x-ray.  This would be the x-ray that gave us either the news that the cast was ready to come off or we would have to wait longer… up to two more weeks.  Thursday couldn’t come fast enough, but really the waiting to hear from the doctor couldn’t come fast enough.   We had the x-ray overnighted to Dr. Killian in Birmingham.  We needed it to be read…

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Finding Joy in the Journey

Finding Joy in the Journey

We’ve all heard that really life is what you make of it.  It’s the idea that even despite our circumstances (good or bad) somehow we are in charge of our destiny.  And while I understand the sentiment, those thoughts are often misguided when it comes to our autonomy and free will and God’s sovereignty.  But when circumstances get tough, usually the questions and trite quotes come.  People falling into the proverbial ditches on either side of this road of life….

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Longing for Restoration

Longing for Restoration

When sin entered into the world, it touched… or better, fractured everything.  Things that were once whole became broken, things that were infinite became finite, beauty become dulled and bodies that were designed in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27) became subject to frailty.  We not only can look around and see this in the world around us – disease, brokenness, dullness, etc., but we even can feel this in the very core of our being.  And something…

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Learning to Receive

Learning to Receive

There is something within each of us that is self-protecting response that resists vulnerability and dependency.  I most certainly think it is a learned behavior that increases with age and maturity.  The worse parts come from our sinful nature.  But it is a normal piece of development to grow to be independent is learn to do for ourselves.  It’s a natural process that all of us experience personally and then as parents, we get to go through again, but this time from…

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Laying Down Stones

Laying Down Stones

Throughout Scripture it was a common practice to lay down some stones and build an altar at a place where God had met His people and worked in power.  Then when children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren would pass that place and ask, “Why are these stones here?  What is this altar for?” – they could be reminded of the story of God’s faithfulness to His people in that location. Our lives should really be no different.  Whether small encounters with God…

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The Tension of Family and Ministry

The Tension of Family and Ministry

Life is full of difficult choices for sure.  We all face tension on a daily basis – whether large or small.  I face that tension on a daily basis in two main areas… family and ministry.  You would think the two would fit seamlessly together.  After all family is a ministry and ministry most certainly creates a family.  But more often than not, it can feel like these are both at odds with each other.  They both can compete for…

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The Medicine of Community

The Medicine of Community

In the big picture, we are still in the infantile stages of our journey.  Even when the cast comes off (hopefully in less than 6 weeks), Cole will still have a long road ahead as he will go through physical therapy to retrain and strengthen his muscles and figure out how to walk again – prayerfully without his infamous limp!  All the while, perthes will still be in process.  Our prayer is that in the final phase of perthes, his…

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Celebrating Victories

Celebrating Victories

Everyone loves to win.  That’s why World Cup Soccer makes no sense.  I mean, a tie… really!?  Anyhow, in this journey we find ourselves on, we’ve already decided that we would celebrate the victories – whether big or small.  Honestly, celebrating isn’t too difficult in the life of a five year old, but it is a bit challenging in the current circumstances.  The days can be long and slow and the pace of Cole’s normal life has changed radically.  We’ve…

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