This and that. (again)

This is what sickness looks like at our house.
People sleeping on the bathroom floor because it is "easier that way."
Who wants to sleep in a nice, soft, comfy bed when you can sleep right next to a toilet?
Um, ME! That's who!
But all of my boys agree that convenience trumps comfort when you have the flu.
So be it!
We had three kids drop at the same time, and are hoping it ends there. Recovering from three sick family members is far easier than recovering after eight!
The laundry alone is enough to make a person crazy!
Bedding + clothing + towels =
one load per person.
They feel much better today, so I am thankful it was a quick round.
I was a little overzealous in my school lesson goals for today, however. Feeling "better" is not the same as feeling GREAT, so we only managed to get through half of our studies. But SOMEthing is better than nothing, right?

~~~ Sadly, our Family Weekend we had waited for and looked forward to was thwarted because of the illness rolling through our home, and I had to work hard to take my thoughts captive and trust that the Lord had a purpose in not letting us be together as planned.
Our family NEEDED this weekend. Grief and mourning are incredibly difficult, and though each of us needs to walk through the process in our own personal way, we also need to grieve with each other. Scripture is very clear about this. "Weep with those who weep ..." It is a command, not a request.
We had plans. A plan to minister to my step-father as he mourns the loss of his eldest son. A plan for me to minister to CC after losing her precious mother. A plan to remember. A plan to pray.
But the Lord's plans always supersede our own. And I have to be okay with that.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Lord, this entire weekend happened according to Your will. Forgive me for not surrendering quickly and obediently. Thank You that we were together, able to hug, talk, smile, and share some confidences. It was not enough time for US, but it was sufficient for YOU. Burden our hearts for one another so we can pray for each other and offer encouragement and support exactly when it is needed. Our entire family is in Your hands, and because they are - we can trust You with every detail.

When the friend you are supposed to be serving, but with whom you had to cancel because your fellow servants are sick shows up at your door with groceries and daffodils - you know you are truly friends.
We had to cancel our G3 today. Such a bummer.
But, our one-year anniversary is in one month, so our families are meeting at a park for an Anniversary Picnic to commemorate our year together.
I cannot believe a year has passed since Julie and I sat on the sands of Huntington Beach together, she with tears streaming down her face, and me with a passion for finding my "lepers." Before we even said goodbye, the Lord made it abundantly clear that He was letting her family become my lepers. And He has been faithful to maintain the passion not only in my heart but in the hearts of my children as they love on our G3 as soon as they pull into the driveway.

This is the first picture we took together. (March 2016)
I have said it before and I will say it again. The Lord used these children to CHANGE our family!
Serving them has been one of the best decisions we ever made. And the Lord orchestrated every single detail. He is such a faithful and loving God who cares for our needs, no matter how simple or small.
The Guskes needed us, and we needed them. And the Lord knew it.

Thank You, Father, for such a precious gift! You burdened the hearts of the Guskes to rescue orphans, and they faithfully and enthusiastically obeyed. Then You burdened us to serve families who were caring for orphans, and it has been a wonderful, joyful, encouraging relationship ever since. You are so good to know our needs and meet them. Thank You, Lord. For everything.

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